Italian Estates: Castello Sea Rock Briar Billiard (KKKK) (15) (1970s-1982)

Product Number: 004-006-29357

The Castello Sea Rock finish is among the most famous of the rustication techniques. While visiting the factory, I had the opportunity to try it. Using a particular hand tool that Castello invented and prefers not revealing, I carved at a stummel in a vise for about 15 minutes and managed to do about a tenth of the bowl. It takes great strength; the rustication guys in the Castello factory walk around with one forearm in Popeye dimensions from years of twisting and pushing with one hand. The rustication on this pipe is much better than the one I tried, thankfully, and it's on a shape that is practical and desirous. With the subtle chunkiness of Italian styling, this "15" Billiard is wonderfully comfortable and is an older Castello, most likely fashioned sometime during the 1970s.

- Chuck Stanion

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CONDITION:
Rim Darkening Chamber Carbonizing Minor Tooth Marks

STAMPING:
CASTELLO
SEA ROCK BRIAR
KKKK(circled)
15
MADE IN CANTU
ITALY
CARLO SCOTTI(circled)
  • Length: 5.84 in./148.34 mm.
  • Weight: 2.14 oz./60.78 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.01 in./51.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.65 in./41.91 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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