Karl Heinz Joura distinguishes himself in many ways within the pipe making community. One thing that he does that is a bit different is that he stamps each of his pipes with a symbol that designates where the briar used for the pipe came from. This pipe is stamped with a tobacco leaf, so the briar came from Sardenia. This Joura has no grade stamp, but I would say it would easily qualify as an "A". It also possesses and highly architectural juxtaposition of the shank to the bowl. The grain is fabulous and the silver is a different touch for the maker.