Castello: Collection Bent Dublin (Big Line) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-386-5517

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. Castello's Big line series is quite the interesting one, as it comprises stummels made from briar that has been aged for 12 years, ensuring that the final burl is excellently cured by the time it is shaped. Also it designates pipes that are really, really large, which this bent Dublin certainly is, measuring in at almost nine inches long and well over three inches tall. The bowl is unquestionably the visual center of this pipe, comprising a monolithic, towering form that flares dramatically out to a vast rim from atop its pronounced and pointed heel. The walls of the bowl are actually compressed at the flanks, lending the rim an ovoid shape and making for a profile that fits more easily in hand. A wide transition here gives way to a tapering shank and stem combination that arc gently as they travel to the button, the stem comprising a short taper of extremely dark blue acrylic, lending this pipe a surprising and very subtle dash of color. Dressed in the warm, walnut-hued stain of the Collection finish, the stummel here showcases a wealth of handsome grain, with dense streaks of flame flickering up through the bowl's walls.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.90 in./226.06 mm.
  • Weight: 4.30 oz./121.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 3.28 in./83.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.70 in./68.58 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 1.01 in./25.65 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.94 in./49.28 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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