Hardcastle was founded in 1908 by Edmund Hardcastle, and sold 49% of the company to Dunhill (who built a factory just next door) in 1936. Early Hardcastle pipes were very high quality, and Dunhill eventually purchased 100% of the name in 1967. To the dismay of Hardcastle family members, Dunhill lowered the quality of the brand. Pipes that don't meet Dunhill standards become Parkers, and ones that don't meet these standards became Hardcastle. It's all about little pits and fills, folks. Aside from some here and there, this is a lovely blast.