I came to Stanwells after production moved to Italy, and I haven't procured any of the Danish-made pipes, but I will quietly mention that the current crop is more than satisfactory. My four Italian made briars -- two bulldogs, a Sixten Iverson designed pot, and a Canadian -- are sturdy open-draw pipes that look good and smoke in a most Stanwell way.
Well for arguments sake, let’s say it’s easy to find any Stanwell stamped pipe shape for a hundred bucks. A while ago I picked up a remarkably blasted potato sack for 60 bucks on eBay. If it had said “an Ivarsson product”, it would’ve 6000.
Just a bunch of wonderful old pipes out there, for very little money.