It had a mouthpiece made of Plexiglas rather than vulcanite, and the briar bowl and shank were carved into a deeply etched finish.
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This unique pipe was from Italy. This new pipe was a radical change from what the American pipe smoker was used to buying, and the most surprising aspect of the pipe was its country of origin. Certainly, Italy was not known for producing excellent briar smoking pipes; that distinction belonged to two other European nations- France and England. After all, briar pipemaking began in St. The mouthpiece felt strange in the mouth, Plexiglas being somewhat harder than vulcanite; however, the material did not oxidize over a period of time, thus, did not produce that terrible look and taste so often associated with a pipe.
The Castello shapes were very familiar because at that time they were modeled almost exclusively after the Dunhill the most famous briar pipe in the world. The deeply etched finish, to the uninitiated, looked like the deep sandblast of the more familiar brands. As a people, Americans are very utilitarian. Now on to my question, I know some of you have Caminettos that are accurately dated, my question is how do I do that!? Any help is appreciated! By the way, it would be nice if it were a , as that is my birth year! Check this thread out, PetesO3: It seems Ted Swearingen of smokingpipes and those guys know their stuff would date this somewhere in the early days, post '79, pre-late '80's, but, it also seems dating to an exact year on these early, thin, gold moustache caminettos is difficult.
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I had actually figured that it was an early era, I'd just like to get closer to the actual year. I am no expert but I have owned two of them and both were great smokers. The Tinder Box International would be under contract with successful nationwide distribution.
The brand's success was overwhelming - far beyond any expectation, with the rusticated Business line becoming the most popular. Ironically enough, the increasing demand soon drove Ascorti and Radice to the limits of their production abilities. The brand had been introduced successfully in Germany, and in Italy to some extent.
By the end of more hands were needed. Even Ascorti's elder son, Roberto Ascorti born ; and the current owner helped with stamping and shipping the pipes when he was just a schoolboy.
To bring about more stability and higher production, Davoli invested a considerable amount of money in modern pipemaking machinery, and in doing so went from distributor to co-owner of Caminetto. By he held the vast majority of the company's capital. The boom continued strongly - especially in the US.
Production increased steadily, from 3, to 5, and then 7, pipes being made per year, placing Caminetto at the top of US sales in their market segment. The Tinderbox catalog celebrated Gianni Davoli as "master pipe maker and designer" and "sole creator of Caminetto" without a single mention of Ascorti or Radice! Caminetto prospered throughout the 's. Everyone was hard at work, and sales continued to increase, but soon disagreements occurred among the three principles, marking the beginning of the end.
First, Luigi Radice became increasingly discontent with the factory-like production. Pipes were made by standard shape numbers, and there was no longer room for his own creative pipemaking and personal development. He was also afraid that the increased production would eventually lead to a reduction in quality. Radice started quarreling with Ascorti about the future course of Caminetto, and they were unable to find a solution.
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Radice, being an employed pipemaker, rather than a partner, could not assert himself. Ascorti shared Radice's concerns about maintaining quality in the face of the higher production, but Davoli had gained almost total control by this time, and insisted on the higher production numbers. The next controversy was regarding Roberto Ascorti. The young man had visited a school of arts and also completed his service in the army. Roberto did not want to attend a university, and instead started helping in the workshop with pipe repairs and making his first few pipes.
His father wanted to hire him on as a full-time pipemaker, but Davoli refused, being afraid to lose influence to the potentially strong alliance between father and son. The situation worsened in