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  1. tschiraldi

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    Castello "Castello" KK Belge , Carlo Scotti Era

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    Castello Old Antiquari kkkk Fancy Bent Dublin.

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    Castello Natural Vergin Milano 2015.


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    Castello Sea rock kk with silver.

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    From Briar Blues:>

    FIAMMATA CASTELLO COLLECTION k :>

    CASTELLO ARISTOCRATICA GREAT LINE :>

    CASTELLO COLLECTION OCCHIO DI PERNICE k :>

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

    The Hobbit
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    Thomasw, you have excellent taste in briar.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Thank you very much, Philo Beddoe.

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    Philo - Thomas does have exceptional taste in Castello's. I think he takes great joy in buying the Castello's, that I hope do not sell, so I may buy them!!!!

    Regards
    Michael J. Glukler

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    Not sure I like the pre-charred from the factory look.

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    I REALLY like that bent egg, seems to be a new shape from them. I guess I'm on the lookout for one with decent grain in a smooth of sorts. It never ends, does it.

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    @thomasw ...

    Neal
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    Castello shape 55, BIG and SMALL. The little guy is only 4” long and weighs 31 grams, one of my favorite pipes for travel and quick smokes.

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    Wow!
    I love that tiny 55. Never seen one before.

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    I love that tiny 55. Never seen one before.

    They are out there, scarce to non-existent at the moment, but they will likely show up again in limited quantities. Then they will be scarce to non existent again.

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    Al was right, I did get another Castello. Nothing special, but it was priced right and I liked the red stem. Trademark, KKK in no oval, shape 16.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    It was very irresponsible of me to look trough here. Maximum PAD attack.

    ANYWAY...

    These are amazingly beautiful, guys!

    On a pipe adventure
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    My 55, an Collection Occhio Di Pernice, weighs a scant 34 grams, and I thought that was small!

    Al

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    @Orley,

    Nothing special

    Strongly disagree. Looks to be a very well preserved 1970's pipe. That stem will always be of interest.

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    Orley, I LOVE that pipe! A true classic!

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    npod, thanks. It feels gratifying to hear it from someone who has a very extensive Castello collection. That little 31g 4" shape 55 would be great as a travel or on-the-move, short-smoke pipe.

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    Well, from one old geezer to another, thanks for the comment! I just figured the Trademark line was the lest desirable, although a nice pipe to be sure.

    @tschiraldi, Thanks for the compliment! You've got some unbelievably beautiful Castellos, and one of them, the Sea Rock KK with the silver trim ring looks a little familiar. Mine is almost the same except the bowl is rusticated on top and my trim ring is actually an aftermarket repair ring. I do love my Castellos though, wonderfully made and great smokers!

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    wow, some real stunners here!

    If I was going to collect a brand of briars, it would definitely be Castello

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    I just figured the Trademark line was the lest desirable, although a nice pipe to be sure.

    @Orley, that red stem of yours - rare - desirable. And echoed with the comments above.

    That is actually a tricky quote above, one repeated often. I always remind people that all Castello briar is the same! They all come from the same aging bins (10 years generally!) and thus all lines have the same dynamics, taste (oh that distinct aged briar taste), etc. It's only the external finish that makes them a certain "grade". Trademarks are less expensive than Collection/Fiammata, but that might be "desirable" to some (many probably), because you get a great pipe at less cost, especially estate pipes. It all depends on what the end game is. For collecting, yeah the higher grades might be more "desirable", but it's only a piece of the puzzle, and Castello surely knows that. It's like they have a PhD in knowing how to release their pipes to the public.

    Here is a shot of the briar bins (copied from SPC).

    This Trademark grade Castello is one of my favorites. It goes everywhere with me as a travel pipe. Desirable for me.

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    Some very nice pipes, all! I love the colored stems but what caught my eye besides how good the red/ruby stem looks with the red Trademark stain is that it that a colored stem was paired with a smooth pipe. You don't see that very often.

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    Let's not talk too much about Castello Trademarks. The perception should remain that they are the least desirable Castellos.

    Carlo Scotti is reputed to have said " I am a pipe maker, not God." Some older Trademarks I have seen have visible fissures - small, but visible. Some have large bald spots and at best mixed grain. I have never had one that didn't smoke like a Fiamatta.

    But we all know the roughs smoke better than the smooths. Just ask Franco Coppo.

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    My latest acquisition - a Collection grade 215 Fancy Bent Dublin with Briar flock. 6.2 inches long, 1.9 inches
    tall, 37g.


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    My apologies! I wasn't fast enough to edit! It's a 225 (Bent Dublin) not a 215 (Bent Billiard). Horrible typo!

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    Beautiful pipe! Nice acquisition!

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    Some truly gorgeous Castello's show in this thread. The question is ... why Castello? Here are my reasons and how I came to being a Castello fan.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWtUAsTAOes

    Regards
    Michael J. Glukler

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWtUAsTAOes

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    Michael J. Glukler


    Awesome Michael

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    Silver Banded Castellos. They all mean something special to me.

    - Daschund - my love of dogs and their comanionship
    - Il Gufo de Castello - Education, because I was in school or training for 27 years
    - Hawk - I was born and raised in Iowa, reminds me of home, Hawkeye state
    - Milano - food, family, wheat motif, grain signifies rewards of work and growth
    - Opera #44 - signifies my very long wait for this pipe, oversized with silver band, patience is a virtue

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    Exquisite npod!

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    Castello - Shape 44, Oval, Opera - 7-Day Set

    After a long journey of waiting, looking, calling, trading, and praying, I have completed my Castello 7-day set of shape 44 (Opera, Oval). The final two pieces were procured this past weekend at the Chicago show, and the seller was a well known collector who parted with not only one, but two 44's to help me complete the set. A bit of history on this shape, it is one of the rarest shapes released by Castello. Up until the 21st century, it was only in Perla Nera, and in fact the Perla Nera stain was only used on the Opera/44 pipes. Thus, most older Opera/44 pipes have no date stamp and no K stamp. They were just the Opera pipe NOS (not otherwise specified). Around the years 2000-2002 two things happened, 1)Opera's were made in small quantities in all finishes, and 2)Perla Nera stain was used on all other shapes. My final two pieces were Perla Nera. The rarest is the saddle stem Perla Nera, it is stamped N1, and that denotes it was made for Novelli in Rome. Marco Parascenzo, the owner of Novelli and the U.S. Castello distributor, confirmed to me personally that this pipe was made for his father around 1970-1980s. He was sentimental over the pipe. He also filled in gaps in my knowledge about the history above. Needless to say, I'm very content.

    Original N1 Opera, saddle stem, Perla Nera, with the old faded white inlay.

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    Very impressive 7 day set! Congratulations.

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    @BriarBlues - great video, and no, not boring!

    @npod - fantastic, thanks for sharing those pictures and the details of your search. I love a hunt!

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    My fist Castello, courtesy of Mike from Briar Blues. It's a Natural Vergin special carve KK.

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    Great Castello metalhead! She will become a good friend and color well over the yesrs. I love the panel shapes. Personally, i do not baby the rims on the virgin pipes. I like to see them get dark or even crusted with cake. It is a good “i smoke this pipe” look.

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    Set of Castello Le Dune’s. Massive (GG) shape 55 and a sleek Liverpool shape 12. I love them dearly. The big 55 is a Flake smoking machine dedicated to G.L. Pease Key Largo.

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    Great Looking Pipes! I love the le Dune carving. I am patiently waiting for an estate in one of my shapes to show up.

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    Castello Old Antiquari Bent Billiard (KK):>

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    The large Castello tin and Dupont lighter are new to the collection.


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    Love the lighter Dave! Also, I can’t remember but was it you that has the Castello walking stick also?

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    Natural Vergin KKKK acquired from Mike at Briar Blues, great smoker!

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    Natural Vergin KKKK acquired from Mike at Briar Blues, great smoker!

    Very Nice Piece,IMO better than average SR rustication! Another collector and I were just commenting on the oval nomenclature panel that is a new touch by one of the carvers.

    I can’t remember but was it you that has the Castello walking stick also?

    Yes, I got it broken at last years WCPS and a buddy fixed it for me.

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    I love the cane/walker Dave! So cool!

    @Homewaters, that Castello of yours is wonderful. It is sentimental to me because that is the first I ever purchased. Not just my first Castello but my first pipe. I was spoiled from the start. She is a perfect smoker and a true work horse. Here’s mine saying hello.

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    A couple recently acquired through Mike at Briar Blues --->

    1. Castello Collection Great Line KKKK Bent Dublin (Carlo Scotti Signature) :::

    2. Castello Old Antiquari Shape 65 Bent Billiard (KKKK) :::

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    That is a great looking 65, smart grab!

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    Wonderful additions to your collection, Thomas! Cheers. What are you going to smoke in that Great Line?

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    Thanks guys! Neal, it'll be some Wessex Burley Slices.

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    I really like that 65.. I leered at it for at least 2 minutes on Mike's site before calming down.

    Tobacco's a help because it clears the mind
    But like all your friends it is vilified
    They always say, the right amount's fine
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    About a week after I bought the Castello/Dupont set a fellow collector with a sharp eye spotted this Epoca. I bought it on sight. I have never seen an Epoca with a colored stem much less with my favorite flared style and a fairly rare European Trademark. I have a very good group of 215 Epoca's and this piece is a great addition! The dealer gifted me a wood burned briar plaque. I collect and love this kind of stuff!

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    This little beauty just fell in my lap! I stopped in the Davidoff store in NYC on 6th Avenue and only had a few minutes to smoke one last bowl before heading to the airport. Low and behold, there she was. A perfect miniature Castello billiard!!! This is a match to my miniature 55 posted above. Four inches long and probably 16-18 grams. These minis are super rare. This is only the second I’ve seen in the wild.

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    Very Nice! This was the old De La Concha shop. I wonder if the Stella is a tribute to a Grandchild? When I was there last before The NY Pipe Show spring they had a tiny (but not that small) billiard in the silver sleeve that I have wanted.

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    Dave, they still have the wonderful small billiard with silver case.

    I have spent an extraordinary amount of time researching the "Stella" notation on the leather sleeve. It was certainly a custom sleeve, all high grade leather and made for the mini pipe. But I have no leads on what "Stella" means. Anybody with information, please let me know.

    Also, Dave, I love that Epoca with colored stem! Very rare, very awesome.

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    Nice, I love small Castello!

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    The Michelle pipe came in a similar bag only in brown with Michelle on it. The tiny pipe came in a small white box with a small inbossed soft velvet like bag of candy.

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    A neat grouping of full bent Castello pipes.
    1. Right: Oom Paul, Collection Fiammata.
    2. Left: Oom Paul, Perla Nera.
    3. Middle: A rare shape 93, Old Antiquari, with copper wind cap (Circa 1970's).

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    Stunning collection npod!

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    Beautiful pipes npod!

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    Beautiful npod! Here's a couple ... both are fantastic smokers!

    This was my 25th anniversary gift from my wife --

    And this one is from the mid-60s, a Fiammata that looks like a relative of your Oom Paul --

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    This was my 25th anniversary gift from my wife --

    Wonderful anniversary gift Thomas! Beautiful Aristocratica finish and classic bent shape.

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    What do folks think of the perla nera finish? I haven’t seen one in the wild. Is the grain completely obscured? Does the finish wear away easily at contact points?

    Neal, your Castelline’s are super cute! Occasionally, Bollito pipes will get a flight of them. Or at least, they seem to have the largest supply of them when they are available.

    Ironically, as I was typing this fedex just delivered a 4.24” long Rinaldo. The size is so convenient to carry and to clench.

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    That perla nera Hungarian is very interesting. How long have you been smoking it? Finish hold up?

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    I have a Perla Nera shape 55 that I have smoked regularly since 2014-5. The finish is still the shiny midnight black. It doesn't rub off the rim when you clean it with spit or water, etc. Very elegant finish.

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    Awesome 55 Perla Nera! I want first right of refusal please

    Yes, the Perla Nera stain holds up well over time. It is a special stain process and made from ground up beetles, literally. Thus, it is more robust over time compared to Dunhill Dress Stain. That said, it will fade a bit over time with vigorous cloth wiping. I have two Perla Nera Opera 44 from the 80s and both show a slight bit of natural wood through the stain, both were purchased used and were well loved and smoked. So long story short, the stain does fade, but it's mild, and it's not as bad as with Dunhill.

    Below is my Perla Nera Il Gufo, purchased new about 3 years ago. This pipe has been well smoked and polished. Still looks new. That Oom Paul above is from 2016 and I smoke it "all the time" and it's dedicated to aromatics, which tend to burn goopy and hot. It still looks new as you can see.

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    Thanks fellas! Now to begin the hunt for a pocket friendly perla nera 55! Should be any day now

    Thomas...awesome 55! Super jealous.

    Neal your il gufo is stunning. Do pass word when you outgrow it.

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    Hi Castello fans - I wanted to share these pictures with you as well as a little story about this pipe. I purchased this pipe from Michael at Briar Blues because it was love at first sight. I was so excited to get it that I had to bring it to my next pipe club meeting in little old Woodland, California. When I pulled the pipe out of my bag, one of the older guys in the group said, "I recognize that pipe!" I thought he'd probably seen it on Briar Blues too but no. He said, "I used to own that pipe years ago but I sold it to Isaac." Isaac was a former pipe club member who had moved out of state.

    Thinking that this was likely just a case of mistaken identity, I snapped a photo and texted it to Isaac and asked if it looked familiar to him and he said it did. He loved the pipe but being a latakia smoker he didn't think he'd be able to keep the white stem looking good. So he sold it to Marty Pulvers who, in turn, must have sold it to someone else. And if that wasn't directly to Briar Blues it would have traveled the world, passed through at least five different hands, and somehow made it back to the same six-person pipe club in one little corner of the world. I guess it was just meant to be mine.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  70. npod

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    Yes! Love the story. The pipe finds the man. That is a great Castello. Cheers.

    Posted 9 months ago #

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