Ropp: Ruby Sandblasted Large Billiard

Product Number: 002-598-7108

While Ropp typically renders shape chart standards in a trim, streamlined manner, they have no apprehension when it comes to producing bold, muscular pieces either. This Billiard is a remarkably substantial and traditionally inclined rendition that remains quite balanced throughout. The hearty bowl houses a respectably deep chamber within, making this an ideal choice for anyone that's drawn to classic shapes but prefer their briars on the beefier side and want their bowls to last a bit longer. The thick, round shank matches the bowl's stoutness perfectly before the tapered mouthpiece completes the composition.

Ropp's Ruby line presents a more colorful palette than the French marque's other series, dressing each pipe in a crimson sandblast. Such a stain hearkens back to old-school French and English pipes, and the retro style is furthered by the inclusion of new old-stock stems of genuine horn — a mouthpiece material used extensively in the early 1900s. Though the horn stems also call to mind Ropp's Vintage, Vintage Stout, and Vintage Superior series, the Ruby prioritizes darker-hued horn for a deeper, warmer aesthetic that pairs handsomely with the scarlet stain of the stummel. Furthermore, unlike the Vintage lines, Ropp's Ruby offers both straight and bent shapes: While vulcanite and acrylic are relatively easy to bend, requiring only heat, horn is much more unruly, needing both heat and prolonged pressure to ensure the bent shape holds. To fashion the Ruby's bent pieces, then, Antoine Grenard, who runs the old Chapuis-Comoy factory in Saint-Claude, France, went so far as to use a vintage stem-bending machine from the Chapuis-Comoy pipe museum, thoroughly cementing the Ruby line's vintage appeal.

- Jeffery Sitts

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.71 in./145.15 mm.
  • Weight: 1.72 oz./48.67 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.54 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.74 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.92 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.43 in./36.38 mm.
  • Stem Material: Horn
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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