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We hear time and time again, from customers and top pipe makers from around the world, that Stanwell pipes are the best factory-produced pipe on the market. Stanwell maintains the most modern pipe making facility in the world and for many years has enjoyed some unique relationships with many legendary Danish pipe makers. In fact, Stanwell occupies a pivotal place in the history of Danish-made pipes. During WWII, Danish pipe smokers could no longer buy the English briar pipes they preferred to smoke. In 1942, because of the unavailability of English pipes and raw briar, Poul Nielsen began making pipes from beech wood for Danish customers. After the war, he began importing his own briar and started making pipes to compete with the English manufacturers. It must be remembered that in 1948, England was the single great center for pipe making. Therefore, Nielsen changed the name of his pipes to Stanwell, which sounded much more like a proper English name than Nielsen. He later changed his own last name from Nielsen to Stanwell, a testament to his devotion to the pipes he made.