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One of the interesting things about Castellos in general, and the 55 in particular, is the variation that can exist within the constraints of a ”standard“ shape. Foolishly, I traded the pipe away just after I'd managed to get it broken in. It's no secret, I love this shape, and collecting them has provided me with a great opportunity to explore the variations that can come from a ”standard“ shape when produced by hand. To the right is a Sea Rock that is the most graceful example of the shape I've ever seen.

Since then, I've been searching for a suitable replacement. The upper left pipe is a Trademark grade, with a wonderful paneled, or four-square bowl. It's got a lovely, thin shank, slightly longer than usual, and a stem that is almost delicate.

Every time I take it out, I end up looking at it for what seems to be an eternity, admiring the wood, and not wanting to mess it up.

This is completely out of character for me, a guy who believes pipes are meant to be smoked, that it is their destiny. The upper-left Sea Rock and the lower-left Old Antiquari are much older examples of the shape.

Long ago, I had a couple of mixed experiences with Castello pipes, but I now admit to being an avid fan.

Of all the older pipe factories, Castello is the only one I can think of whose quality has actually improved over the years; today's Castello is even better than those of ten years ago! Today, Castello has become one of my favorite pipe marques, and the brand is represented in my collection in greater numbers than any other besides older GBDs, and I smoke every one of them happily.

Just below it is an Old Sea Rock KK short Canadian, #33, stamped “Hand Made” and dated to 1969-1970 (grazie molto, Luca! The Greatline on the lower right is somewhat unusual for its demure stature.

Read my article about how I've come to love this shape. Since the last photo was taken, I've acquired three more ”Nose Warmer“ pipes - one stunning example in Sea Rock with a fume top, a beautifully detailed sandblast in Old Antiquari, and one in the very rare and lovely Perla Nera (Black Pearl) finish. Many thanks to Marco Parascenzo and Marty Pulvers for their assistance in getting this pipe to me, completing my seven day set. Since acquiring the Sea Rock π, I've developed quite a fascination with the shape.

Shown here are a modern Collection Fiammata with original gold band and exquisite grain, and a recently produced fumé top Sea Rock.

opened in Milano (1876) a store dedicated to smokers.

In 1890 his son Carlo Savinelli succeeded him for about 50 years. (1918-1987) in association with Enea Buzzi started pipe production in Brebbia.

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