For those who think that this rolling pin is too heavy, you have to remember that it is SUPPOSED to be heavy. The weight is the whole idea here, it is the weight of the pin that applies pressure to the dough so that your hands do less work when you make flat syrian or pita breads. There are also some recipes for no bake cakes that call for large quantities of crushed or even pulverized nuts and cookies. This pin will spares your wrists big time, your regular light weighted pin is just not going to work. If you feel that the finish is not smooth enough for you simply spray the pin with oil before you start using it, it cleans off really easy as well. And oh yes, marble is not cheap, this price is very reasonable.