Ropp: Honoré de Balzac Smooth (248)

Product Number: 002-598-5862

A traditional Poker design, Ropp's "248" is a sturdy design of stolid style. The cylindrical bowl is of versatile Group 3 size and is poised on the end of a rather trim shank to streamline the profile. The low-set transition accentuates the bowl's height, while the flattened heel ensures it can be set down without fear of spilling its contents.

Considered one of the founders of European realism, Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright whose work greatly influenced the likes of Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, and Jack Kerouac. Ropp presents their Honoré de Balzac series, comprised of Churchwarden shapes, as an homage to the writer — quite the apt commemoration, as Churchwardens are considered popular reading pipes. Perfect for smoking while lounged in an armchair, the characteristically long stem ensures that attention remains on the pages before you, requiring little movement to smoke. It's a series marked by classic French shapes, rendered by a classic French marque in honor of a classic French literary figure, with this particular offering presented in a traditional, auburn stain and accented by the line's flashy nickel accent band.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 10.60 in./269.30 mm.
  • Weight: 1.32 oz./37.47 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.64 in./41.73 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.40 in./35.59 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.41 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.22 in./30.89 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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