Luigi “Gigi” Radice founded Radice Pipes in 1980 after a storied career making pipes for Castello starting in 1960 before leaving to co-found Caminetto in 1968. Radice has been a cornerstone for craftsmanship in pipe making ever since. Joined by his sons Gianluca and Marzio in Cucciano, Italy, they produce between 1,200 and 1,500 pipes per year. Luigi pioneered many of what we would today consider to be classics pipe shapes and of course his brand shape is Italian. Innovative designs (like the twin-bore stems which were just recently abandoned for single-hole stems), new rusticating and carving styles, and oil curing helped to place the brand where it is today. Many of Radice shapes end up smooth, but they also produce some wonderful sandblasts (Silk Cut), shallow-rusticated pieces (Rind), and more ruggedly-carved Underwood pipes that can sometimes be accented with briar, horn, or silver with acrylic mouthpieces.