Boy, talk about heavy, this pepper mill is Heavy Metal! It's a solid piece measuring 12" tall and is definitely professional grade. To change the grind size, you turn the ring on the neck of the pepper mill instead of turning that small ball on the top. It's a much wider piece than the regular metal mills and gives you that professional feel in your hand. It's really a nice tall show piece. The salt mill has a white dot on the top ball to differentiate it from the pepper mill.