Italian Estates: Castello Collection Billiard (KKKK) (2019) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 004-006-40536

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 muscular Billiard of Nosewarmer proportions, this pipe features a stout bowl resting on a jutting, pronounced heel reminiscent of the "55" shape. The bowl is thickly walled and has a sizeable tobacco chamber for comfortable smoking during long sessions, its substance paired to a softly tapering shank out back. This shank is thick and tapers into a black acrylic stem that's very softly curved right at the end of the bit, altering the profile with a bit of curvature but keeping the smoking posture nearly the same. Dressed in the warm, auburn-tinged stain of the Italian workshop's eponymous finish, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

Chamber Lightly Sanded

KKKK (In Oval)
73 (Inside Castle Stamp)
KINO (In Script/In Oval)
  • Length: 4.48 in./113.79 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.80 in./45.72 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.44 in./36.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.89 in./22.61 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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