I made this pipe for my 2016 Summer trip out west to Wyoming and South Dakota: three weeks of breathtaking backpacking and epic rock climbing. The weight (1.5 oz.) and size of the pipe were of great importance considering the amount of gear I was caring. Every ounce counted. The rugged look nicely camouflaged any additional scratches from rubbing against the rock. ;) The brass hardware worked great for clipping the pipe to my backpack or right on my climbing harness. The thumb rests comfortably under the brass arch while smoking it. In fact, I found that the brass offered a more secure grip, ensuring I didn’t accidentally drop it while admiring the scenery!