I need to clarify this question. According to many people even a 5$ cob is a good pipe. So this question doesn't cover smoking qualities as such. Its more of a case of: if I was to save up money for a "once in a lifetime" (hopefully not) 100+ dollar pipe, would a Nording freehand be a good buy in that category. Or would a Stanwell, a more expensive Vauen, a Peterson or any other name you care to think of be a better buy? In other words, are Nording pipes worth the cost? Is there anyone who does better freehand's at a similar price point?