Castello: 'Castello' Bent Dublin (Big Line) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-386-5644

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. The bowl here draws the eye immediately, its impressive stature and remarkably thick build maintaining the majority of the visual weight. A rounded heel supports walls that flare expressively toward a vast, plateau-crowned rim, where the outline showcases some compression at the flanks. A wide transition out back gives way to a comparatively thin shank that tapers slightly as it takes on a bare arc into an acrylic military mount that marries the stummel to a demurely downturned, tapering stem of matching black acrylic. What results is an impressively burly pipe that's sure to offer an imposing presence in hand, offering plenty of room to showcase the stummel's unique, partially rusticated finish. Part of Castello's eponymous line, this piece features craggy texture across the shank and underside, with a melting-wax pattern separating the texture from a rich auburn stain at the upper bowl.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 8.00 in./203.20 mm.
  • Weight: 5.70 oz./161.59 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.98 in./75.69 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 2.29 in./58.17 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.99 in./25.15 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.36 in./59.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Partial Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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