Love the 16 shape. It kinda looks like the way a NV colors but the color is way more even than most of them end up. I think some wax would perk it up.The matte finish is interesting, and the stack shape is one I’ve been thinking about getting into lately. Maybe it used to have a wax finish on it?
@J-Evverrett maybe, it does have a wax finish on the top of the bowl. I do like the matt finish on the stummel. It came as an estate so it’s hard to tell.The matte finish is interesting, and the stack shape is one I’ve been thinking about getting into lately. Maybe it used to have a wax finish on it?
Spectacular and unusual pipe. You've probably already decided about the question you asked. Personally, I like smoking english blends, especially ribbon cuts, out of larger bowls because the latakia seems to burn very rapidly. Larger 55s would be more suitable for lat blends. I'd reserve this petite beauty for your virginias.Alright, it took two weeks, but, I finally found a make of one of their more popular shapes that caught my eye. It’s a Castello ‘Castello’ KKKK Shape 55, with a silver military mount. The bowl twist sold me immediately, and while completely smooth isn’t a common thing for me, I still think it looks quite good.
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Being a little over 5 inches, with a chamber diameter of .78, and a depth of 1.24 inches, and all together weighing only 30g, this is quite a small pipe. I know many of you adore/have experience with this shape, so I was wondering, I was looking to dedicate a pipe to Latakia-based blends, do you think that this pipe would do well for that, or should I have this pipe stick to my Virginias, like my other Castello? Also, surprisingly, I’m not looking for the sentiment that has been shared since time immemorial that you can smoke anything out of any pipe. I’m aware, we all are, I’m just shooting my shot.
Beautiful 55! I've never seen a le dune with knurled rings and a brindle stem. Wow! Enjoy.For a long time I’ve despised Latakia, but, I’ve been trying to overcome that, so I’ve now a pipe specifically for Latakia-based blends. A Le Dune Shape 55.
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This pipe is as massive as I’ve ever had, weighing in at 2.22 ounces, with a .93 inch chamber diameter and a 1.5 inch deep bowl. View attachment 138771
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Honestly, this makes me fear for the Penzance I’m currently running through it, as this pipe seems like a real consumer, but, I hope to focus on some other new-to-me blends as well, such as Captain Earle’s Mystic Blend and Nightwatch, G.L. Pease’s Quiet Nights, Ashton’s Artisan’s Blend and Father Dempsey. Either way, a gorgeous pipe, and so far, a wonderful smoker, let’s just see if I can keep it lit, and smoke half a bowl without passing out from the spins. XD
I particularly like the top one, its shape is awesome looking!