Radice: Rind Hawkbill Brandy Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-030-8155

There's no other artisan as closely associated with the Hawkbill shape as Luigi Radice. No one seems to know who invented the shape, but he was working as a pipe maker at Castello when it first appeared from their workshop, and over the decades he's most likely made more of them than any other artisan. While the Hawkbill has since appeared in many variations, the Radices have here put their own spin on it by making use of a far more understated shank-and-stem combination that's particularly reserved in its curve. A rounded, plump, Brandy bowl hangs off the far end of the shape's aquiline shank-and-stem combination, offering plenty of room to showcase the stummel's craggy Rind rustication.

Luigi Radice was born in 1939 and began his career working with briar in 1961, finding employment at the venerable Castello workshop. While working for the now legendary brand, Luigi met Giuseppe Ascorti, and the two left together in 1968 to found Caminetto, where he stayed for 12 years, before departing to establish Radice in 1980. With help from his son, Gianluca, and his father, Paolo, Luigi began producing pipes in a striking neoclassical style which quickly amassed acclaim from enthusiasts of such stylized works. Luigi was later joined by his other son, Marzio, and the family-run workshop has since become known not just for their unique take on the neoclassical style of pipe making, but their singular accenting and finishing techniques.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.84 in./148.34 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.88 in./47.75 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.66 in./42.16 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.83 in./21.08 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Brandy
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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