I like a Churchwarden from time to time when I'm at home, and have a few, from Stanwell HCA's to Peterson, MacQueen, and a clay I smoke VA's in. I also have a couple of Savinelli Featherweight semi-wardens. This Qandale has a much more substantial acrylic stem, you can even clench it, that adds a robust feel to the pipe that wardens tend to lose (it's a couple of inches shorter than the HCA's, but the same length as the Peterson). I can't find a fill anywhere on mine, and although it's a little wet smoking right now, I'm sure that as soon as it is broken it, it will smoke as well as the rest of my Sav's. For less than 90 bucks for a smooth finish, I would definitely say this is a bargain, and I really like the Oak trim where the stem meets the shank. Here's a link to one at SP, mine is the 626 shape, but you get the idea: http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/savinelli/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=87773 I love it when you hit it off with a pipe from the get-go!