Just bought this tonight from the local Smoke Shack. I've been looking at it for awhile, finally decided on it tonight. From my "research", H.I.S. pipes are made by Gardesana, an Italian crafter/firm. I've heard good things about them. Also, I really like the look of this one. The walls are decently thick, I like the bend to the stem (and I love saddle-bits), and it's fairly compact. Please excuse the poor photo quality, by the way. All's I got is a camera phone.