"Here's a little Rhodesian variant. Very little wasted space and it's all chamber, like looking down into a well. This was (I guess it still is) a really tight, hard little piece of Italian plateaux, white as driven snow. Blasted like.... well, like a chunk of cement, actually. I did a little "pop out" ring of smooth rather than the traditional double inset cut. " With these words, Sas introduced me to my very first high-end/artisan-crafted pipe. Not exactly what I had originally envisioned when we first discussed it, but way too cool to pass up... like something that a character in a Rudyard Kipling story might smoke. And so began my BST/Sas birthday pipe adventure. With my 49th birthday looming on the horizon, I sent off payment on 05/07/12. I was eager for the pipe, and not sure that I could hold off on smoking before my birthday on 07/28/12. Seems that fate would help me avoid foul temptation, because Sas had still not received the registered letter as of 06/01/12. I checked up on it, and was advised that it had made it as far as some US Customs office in New York City. Cancel the money order, get the cash back, and try a different route? Hell no! US Postal Service rules indicate that I can't get a refund on an uncashed money order for 60 days from date of purchase. OK, says I, I'll just wait until then. Hell no once again as I got sent off on several different training courses beginning 07/06/12. I finally got done with the training about a week or so ago and got ready to get a refund on the money order, but I got word from Sas that he finally got the registered letter (yes, the letter that I sent off on 05/07/12)... somewhere between the US and Canadian postal services, it finally made it to its intended destination and it only took about two and a half months to get there. And somewhere between the Canadian and US postal services it finally made it to my mail box today, 07/28/12... my 49th birthday. Now this is a pipe with a story behind it. Size-wise, I'd say it's along the lines of a Pete XL series. It's surprisingly light for its size, the balance is superb, and it's got a nice open draw. I'm smoking some Scottish mixture in it right now, and it just sings! This is easily the best smoking pipe I've ever owned, and I believe this has just earned a place on my daily smoke rack. Great job, Sas - you rule!