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
Measurements & Other Details
Minor Rim Darkening Mild Chamber Carbonizing Stamping Worn From Buffing
KK (In Oval)
MADE IN CANTU'
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