I will respectfully disagree with that statement. I have 51 No American artisan made pipes in my collection and smoke them all on a regular basis. I smoke 4 bowls or more per day and all of them get a good workout. I have found that for my tastes pipes like these give me a better smoke than other types of pipes. One of my pet peeves is a pipe that will gurgle or smoke wet. None of my pipes do this. I enjoy a nice hand cut stem made of high quality German Ebonite. Stems like these make my enjoyment of my pipes better as there is no whistling and no turbulence with stems like that.
Many of my artisan pipes are estates and many were bought new. The most I have ever paid is around 500.00 for my Trever Talbert Goblins. The most I paid for a brand new Rad Davis was 450.00. Most of my estates were purchased for 135.00- 355.00.
I have tons of experience with Danish high lines, Italian high lines, and English highlines. I have found for my money and smoking enjoyment, my No American made artisan pipes give me the best smoke and especially for the money.
Oh and as far as" look what I have kinda deal" I smoke alone and don't do pipe shows.