Most pepper mills stink. I hate the plastic and lucite modern ones that get cloudy over time, as well as the wooden ones that seem to collect the grime of the kitchen and are tricky to clean. In fact I hate the premise that pepper mill and salt shaker should be matchy-matchy, since these two amazing condiments do not need to be any cuter.
In all my days, the best pepper mill I have ever had is the aluminum Perfex. It grinds perfectly. It is easy to clean. It never needs tightening. It is a classic, and as far as we can tell, has no competition. It also costs more, but is well worth the price.