Jose Rubio started first as a collector then later as a pipe repairman. After a few years he started to make pipes. His goal was to create a superb looking pipe that was also a superb smoker. He takes great pride in hand selecting only the best blocks. All his pipes have a slight V shaped interior as he feels this is the best shape for the largest variety of tobacco types to deliver of their best.
He is almost fanatical about his stems and insists that all stems be between 4-4.2 millimeters thick and the sides edges be smooth, which he hand sands. All are Grade "A" German Vulcanite. His stems are amongst the best I have seen. His sandblast almost always have deep ring grain which he achieves by only using smooth straight grains and a 5 part blasting process. It takes him an average of 10-12 hours to sandblast a pipe. He is absolutely convinced that his deep blasting, by creating a greater surface area, delivers a cooler smoke. His pipes are individually crafted to the highest engineering tolerances. He makes a maximum of 90 pipes a year. Jose Rubio's pipe represent one of the best values in high grade sandblast there is. Maxim