Carlo Scotti created the Castello pipe in 1947. His son-in-law, Franco Coppo, now runs the factory.
Each Castello is made by hand by one of six artisans from briar aged for at least 10 years and slab acrylic for stems with the tenons turned from the same piece of acrylic instead of a secondary tenon.
Producing roughly 3,500 pipes in recent years, they are collected all over the world.
The company uses the alphabet “K” to denote the grain quality of a smooth pipe, and the size designation of a sandblasted. Mine is a triple K.