Vincenzo pipes are made for Canadian tobacco company GVA and manufactured in Italy. They are a good quality pipe at an affordable price. The black sandblast finish has a dark black stain with a heavy sandblast which reveals the grain texture. The sandblast edges have been softened slightly to make for a more comfortable hand feeling. They accept a standard 6mm filter, such as the Medico paper filters or Savinelli Balsa wood filters. The briar likely will have some fill but the black sandblast covers it up nicely.