This is my lone Castello in my collection. At one point years ago I owned 7 at one time and all were great smokers as is my current one. This particular one is a Castello Collection Occhi di Pernice Dublin. The pics are not that great, as the birdseye on both sides is much nicer in person. It is a fine example of an Occhio because the birdseye on each side is nice and even and the cross cut on the front and back of the bowl is also pretty uniform. It is was one of my best scores ever on ebay price wise.
six, thanks buddy.
cortez, I do pack my Castello a tad tighter than my artisan pipes but not that much as my artisan pipes are drilled at around 4mm where my Castello is 4.3mm. They are in my opinion one of the best smoking pipes on the market. I would own more if they came with vulcanite stems. I never had one that did not smoke cool and dry. They can also be had for not a lot of money on the estate market, plenty are available for 150.00 give or take a few bucks. You should definitely try one if it is in your price range, they smoke better than any Dunhill I have owned.
I'll begin by posting my pride and joy: Castello Collection GreatLine Fiammata.
It's rather big, and thus It is perfect for a long evening reading or relaxing with a nice movie or some music. The grain is so beautiful that the picture doesn't make her justice. That's the one Castello I'm most proud of
Wow , nice military mount. I've got only one, very particular because it has been created for a shop in Milano (a luxury shop selling luxury knives, expensive shaving stuff, pens, etc. and pipes naturally). It has a gold military mount
Thanks Chris, it's a really good smoker and the army mounted system allows to open the pipe even when it's hot without fear, it's nice.
The next one is sometimes referred as "la pescatora" shape (the fisherman shape, even if literally it shoud be translated as the fishergirl). It's an old one, probably from the 60's. As you may notice there is not the usual white bar as logo, but a dot that looks like a little diamond. Of course it's plastic, but shiny like a little diamond.
This is because it was produced for export in the USA. In those times Mr Scotti decided to put a little "diamond" for pipes to export to USA. I bought it used years ago, probably someone who bought it during a trip to the USA ?
I paid it really little money because it was in horrible conditions;so I send it to Castello asking if they could help the poor pipe, and a month later they gave it back to me shining and nice, although there is a little fissure in the interior of the tobacco chamber unfortunately. They "closed" it with ash and honey as it was very little and high in the chamber, an old trick....I smoke it very carefully, not filling it up to the real top of the bowl, from time to time. But it's going great.