Italian Estates: Il Duca Smooth Bent Apple (D)

Product Number: 004-006-24946

Crafted by Max Rimensi, the artisan behind Il Duca pipes, this bent Apple has an overt plump and rounded nature to its bowl up front, yet as you work rearward you come to a transition that shows a hint of underlying angular nature, before arriving at a shank end and stem base of sweeping, crisp style. It's not unusual for carvers to produce a play between contrasts in a single design, but here, the Italian artisan has pulled it off more subtly than usual, and with a more gradual progress from the roundness up front to the swift elements out back. Not to mention, Max has read the grain patterns on this particular briar block perfectly, highlighting all the lively flame grain that engulfs the bowl and a sea of swirling birdseye that dominates the stummel's underside. And for a subtle accenting touch, Rimensi has oriented the broad, shank face at a slight angle to mimic the rim's curvaceous, slanted disposition.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

Smoked, But Rather Clean

DUCA PIPE (Arched, In Circle)
D (In Circle)
MADE IN ITALY (Arched, In Circle)
  • Length: 5.22 in./132.59 mm.
  • Weight: 2.18 oz./61.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.86 in./47.24 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.56 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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