Castello: Collection Occhio di Pernice Bent Egg (KK) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-386-5439

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. Corresponding to their older number "93" shape, this pipe features a steeply bent stem military mounted to a dome of acrylic at the shank end, allowing for easy disassembly and cleaning. The shank tapers swiftly out of a muscular transition, its underside lending the heel a plunging pointedness that lifts swiftly and bows outward at the fore to give the bowl a hearty bulbousness in the hand, the transition allowing for easy thumb draping. At just a touch over an ounce and a half in weight, this piece will make for an excellent jaw hanger, and the stummel's deep chestnut stain reveals swirling vortices of birdseye across much of the bowl, so much so that this piece has earned the coveted "Occhio di Pernice" stamping.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.99 in./152.15 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.04 in./51.82 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.69 in./42.93 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.51 in./38.35 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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