Boy, talk about heavy, this pepper mill is Heavy Metal! It's a solid piece measuring 8" tall and is definitely professional grade. To change the grind size, you turn the ring on the neck of the salt 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 also comes with a tube of gourmet pepper that's just waiting to be ground! It's really a nice piece.