I broke my first pipe today. I paid 20-25 for it, so no worries there, but it broke in a weird way. I was clenching it, and it dropped a little in my mouth and the stem snapped, with shank inside the bowl. I guess I could get a new stem if I could remove the shank, but I don't think I could remove the shank. Picture doesn't really show what happened, but I didn't like the briar much and threw both leftover parts anyway.