First for 2016: Castello Old Antiquari KK Apple

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bungee

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Oct 31, 2015
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A few months ago I wouldn't have considered getting an estate pipe.
Now I start a new year with a great new pipe and, with your help and advice, I was able to put it in perfect smoking and aesthetical condition in no time.
Today I deeply enjoy finding old and newer estates and bringing them back to life, either restoring them (still slowly learning) or just giving them a thorough cleaning before putting them to good use.
This one is a Castello Old Antiquari KK Apple. It is not marked with a shape number, but from what I could find online it's a 23. Am I right? It is maked Kino, so presumably it is from after 2007?

Any comments on the shape and dating would be very welcome!
What do you think?
Cheers,
J








 

gloucesterman

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Bungee, nicely done. I'm impressed! If you hadn't said differently that pipe could pass for new. And BTW you have impeccable taste in pipes. Dutch

 

lestrout

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yo bun
Not to be repetitive, that is indeed a beauty. Looks like a perfect size too - many Italian pipes, including Castellos, are just too big for my attention span. Funny that I thought my old Sea Rock was marked "Kimo" - guess I need to do some research vs. "Kino". Yes - it is true that my Sea Rocks puff better than my C Trademarks, Collections and alphabetized smooths. Dunno how the blasts fit into that equation.
hp

les

 

brass

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Nice pipe. By going estate and restoring, you are saving money, recycling valuable briar and bringing beauty into the wold.

 

bungee

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Oct 31, 2015
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Thank you very much for your comments guys!
@Gloucesterman, Thanks Dutch! The pipe was almost new. Some very minor rim charring and a couple of very shallow dents on the stem. I corrected those, rimmed it and gave it the alcohol treatment. About half an hour of elbow grease. That's about it.
@Jpmcwjr, As the pipe was almost pristine, I didn't take any before pics. I didn't do much to put it back in working order. Thanks for your kind words on my photography!
@Lestrout, It is a very nice size and a lovely shape, isn't it? I like smaller pipes too. For reference the size is very similar to my Peterson Army 103. Walls are thicker on the Castello and it is about 3/4" shorter, but I would put it in the same size class.
Cheers,
J

 

iamn8

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Love the contrasting colors! A Castello is on my list entitled "Things I Really Should Have, But For Some Reason Don't", near the top as a matter of fact, right under Bugatti Veyron and McLaren P5 :) very nice score! You really do have very fine taste, which is to say, it alligns well with mine ;)

 

bungee

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@SSJones, it was almost new. Took just half an hour to leave it looking like that. And you are right about the size. It is just perfect.
@Nate, thanks for your comments! I have an estate McLaren F1 in my must have list, but don't think it is going to happen any time soon. Thanks god I already took care of the Castello part. Life is all about priorities.
Cheers,
J

 

jkrug

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That sir is a gorgeous pipe! I like everything about it. Enjoy. :puffy: