I was looking for a new water filter that wasn't the typical visual monstrosities. This filter/pitcher inspires me to drink more water when I open the refrigerator and see it. I purchased extra filters because I am looking forward to using quite a bit. The handle is real wood and is given instructions to avoid getting it wet, but it's a water pitcher...so...you won't be able to avoid some water contact. They suggest you rub oil on it once a month.