In perfect condition. Is a smoked pipe and retains its beautiful patina, the wood has darkened so solid, without spots or hot spots. The wood is in perfect condition both externally and internally. The nozzle is free of tooth marks or indentations.
"Pipa Castello" was born in 1947 in the artisan workshop of Carlo Scotti in Via Fossano, in Cantù, with the target to produce pipes which could be placed at the very top of quality and perfection from both the technical and aesthetical side.
"I run a craftsman's shop, not a factory, my pipes are works of art, fruit of expert hands, heart and fantasy" - Carlo Scotti.
So, the Castello Philosophy was born. It prefers to be, not to appear, always looking for a perfection that, in the human limits, Castello tries to reach.
Carlo's work-passion continues unaltered under the faithfull guidance of his daughter Savina and Franco Coppo.
In the early 80’s the managing of Castello was taken over by Carlo Scotti’s son-in-law, Franco “Kino” Coppo and his daughter Savina Scotti and, under their guidance, Castello hit a peak production of over 8,000 pipes a year by the end of the decade. Kino instituted some changes in the company’s marks and grading systems. The company began to use the letter “K” to denote the grain quality of a smooth pipe, and the size designation of a carved.
Today Castello averages about 6,000 pipes a year. Approximately 3,000 pipes will fall into the smooth Trademark, Castello, Perla Nera, and Collection. Roughly 600 pipes will receive the Old Antiquari stamp, and 2400 will be produced as Sea Rock, Old Sea Rock, Natural Vergin and Epoca. US production pipes have returned to the white bar, and Castello is still considered by many to remain the zenith of the handmade Italian pipe. Carlo Scotti has passed. But his vision is in Kino’s great hands, and his legacy is assured.