Re: how is sahara smoke?
Remember that your pipe is going to be a rather small investment compared to the amount you will spend on coals and tobacco.
You can get a cheap pipe now, have it rust out within a year, and have to spend the same to replace it, or you can be patient, save for a while, and get a beautiful pipe that will last you the rest of your life.
Being cheap is more expensive in the long run. If I saved the money I spent on crappy pipes (Including a sahara smoke pipe) over my first five years of not knowing better, I could have several KM's right now.
If you're really strapped, check the sales section of the forum, I got a nice trimetal for $75. BUt do yourself a favor and get a quality pipe.
Darth Coyote, Executor of EGOB and the Black Leaf Brotherhood.