Castello: Collection Poker (K)

Product Number: 002-386-2892

This particular style of organic Poker shape has a history dating back to the earlier years of Castello. In fact, Carlo Scotti and Tarcisio, who currently is the longest running artisan still employed by the Cantu workshop, created the original model for this shape several decades ago. After Carlo's passing in the 80s, Tarcisio kept a number of these shapes in his collection, and has continued to revisit the design over the years — even insisting on creating a special run of it to commemorate the workshop's 70th anniversary.

From straightening the overall silhouette to playing with the form's various fluting lines and proportions, this Poker has since evolved to really encompass the Castello tradition — at once showcasing the marque's earlier, more flourishing shaping style while also highlighting their more modernist range of finishes and palettes, such as the darker, smokier contrast on display here in this Collection grade. What's more, no two of this design are exactly alike, with each iteration maintaining its own unique character; here for example, we find a more spiraling aesthetic applied to the bowl's various panels, with a stronger style of taper and asymmetrical bevel to the waistline. The shank, likewise, exhibits a stronger flare than many other iterations, featuring a cinched, almost wasp-waisted transition and stepped shank that just gives the piece quite a dynamic look in profile. It sits steadily on a flat surface, with a gracefully poised stance, and on top of it all, it's dressed in some of the finest windswept flame I can recall seeing from the workshop in some time. What an excellent piece to commemorate 70 years of the Castello tradition.

- Andrew Wike
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.02 in./127.51 mm.
  • Weight: 1.66 oz./47.17 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.68 in./42.67 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.85 in./21.59 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Poker
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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