I'm really going to reveal myself here as the least-foodie writer on The Kitchn (design is my thing). I had never owned a pepper mill until this one. And when I bought this one on a whim, it was far from an informed purchase.
However, I do have a few comments after having used this one in my home for some time now. I like handling it because of its heft (it's 10" tall) and warm wood material. On a down note, no matter how much I tighten the adjustable top knob it grinds a little too coarsely for my taste. And it leaves a chronic "puddle" of pepper behind where it rests on the back of my range. For a mere $15, though ($5 in my case), it does the job just fine. For a designer, at least!
• Find it: Acacia Wood Pepper Mill, $14.99 at World Market
Image: Regina Yunghans