Italian Estates: Castello Old Antiquari Billiard (KK) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-38544

Italian workshop Castello has a rich history that stretches back to 1947 with its founding by Carlo Scotti, being established as one of the first Italian brands to offer high-quality handmade pipes to the general public. In the 1960s, following the addition of Luigi Radice and Peppino Ascorti to their team of carvers, Castello's pipes began to take on a form that was quite different from the Anglo-French classics that they and others had been producing. The Italian neoclassical style which they had begun to develop led not only to a shaping renaissance within Italy, but the production of a number of now iconic profiles. A stout pipe of near Nosewarmer dimensions, this Billiard from Castello measures in at under five inches long and boasts a robust bowl with plenty of surface area for the fingers to wrap around. A wide transition leaves plenty of room to drape a thumb, and from here starts the gradual taper of the thick shank, becoming slightly more conspicuous as it reaches the stem and keeping the aft side of the pipe a touch more svelte than it would be otherwise. The bowl here sits atop a rounded heel and grows thick, cylindrical walls which rise to a flat, smooth rim, contrasting the crisp, inky sandblast of the rest of the stummel nicely.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing

KK (In Oval)
KINO (In Script/In Oval)
  • Length: 4.87 in./123.70 mm.
  • Weight: 1.84 oz./52.16 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Pot
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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