I wasn't sure about it t first, but it's growing on me. I love the style, and it's the one line of Peterson pipes that I collect, so I figure I'd buy it even if I was at first indifferent to the finish. It's actually the best smoking Pete that I've yet bought. The finish, along with the grain, gives it an almost tiger-stripe look to it so it's kind of cool. It's a little too early to tell, but I think it might just turn out to be one of my favorite pipes.