Great looking tie and outfit (as always) Pinkpanther !!
A noob question here, what type of knot is that?
I'm working to get my knots to look like yours, but am not quite there yet.
Mine definitely looks more blue than black.
Fellas have expressed different preferences for 4 and 6 fold and for the different weaves earlier in the thread. If you search the thread, you might find more opinions. I prefer 4 fold for grenadines, given the thickness of the silk. But David is a master at pairing linings with silks to achieve the perfect tie, so 6 folds look great too. Piccola is a fine weave, while grossa is a large weave. Some consider the finer weaves like piccola and fina to be slightly more formal. Others think the larger weave is the better way to go since the fine weave resolves to a solid at a distance, while the large displays great texture. Personal preference really. I like and have both. All my ties are 3.5, constructed for a 4IH.
edit: David beat me to it
1. I was merely suggesting you consider it because it is my favorite of the 4 weaves and IMO the perfect balance of texture - weave not too large nor too small. I used to wear the fina weave with patterned shirts, thinking this would balance out the overall look, but now just wear grossas with everything; you really can't tell except up close and by then you're just appreciating the beauty of the tie :) That said, that's just my opinion and if you like the look of the piccola definitely go with that. Also consider that you can order swatches of both to see them in person before ordering a tie. Also, to see the four weaves together: here.
2. I only have 4 folds so I can't comment, sorry. I based this on David (Hober) saying that it was indeed sufficient.
3. Discussed this with you already - so you know my opinion! Interested as to what others have to say though.
4. Opinions on this widely vary; I don't go over 3 inches personally, which is considered 'slim' by many. But this is a function of your own aesthetic, your body type, your collar style (IMO) and the width of your lapels. A 3.5" tie would look quite silly on a very thin guy with narrow lapels; the converse is true as well (again, this reflects my opinion). Ask David and he can probably answer much better than I, I just speak to my own preferences and lapel choices (I actually have varying widths in my Hober's for differing lapels and SC's versus suits).
The man himself beat me to it! Haha.
We are the same height and weight. I have all my Hobers made to 3.5 inches.