Ropp: Algerian Superior Paneled Rhodesian

Product Number: 002-598-6264

While this Rhodesian from Ropp displays a strong, muscular disposition, much like the French marque's Vintage Stout series, this piece isn't marked by particularly compact, nosewarmer proportions. Shape-wise, it takes the standard round shank and tapering bowl of a traditional Rhodesian, but defines the lower bowl by crisp panels, the tops of which demarcate the taper toward the rim in an ornate, scalloped motif — forgoing the shape's typical beadlines. Such a deviation suits the form well, adding texture to the substantial bowl for an intriguing in hand feel.

Like the Vintage line, Ropp's Algerian Superior series boasts stummels that were found at the Chapuis-Comoy factory. Turned decades ago but never finished, they showcase old-school shaping and a traditional, chestnut stain fitted to an ebonite stem for a classic appeal. Unlike Ropp's Vintage pipes, Algerian Superior pieces are presented only in a smooth finish, having been sourced from select-quality Algerian briar that's free of fills, similar to the Vintage Superior series, which pairs smooth-finished, fill-free stummels to horn stems.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.12 in./130.05 mm.
  • Weight: 1.12 oz./31.75 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.15 in./29.21 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.39 in./35.31 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Panel
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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