Ropp: Ruby Sandblasted Rhodesian

Product Number: 002-598-7128

This Bullmoose-esque take on the Rhodesian from Ropp hearkens back to the types of briars produced by vintage English and French marques. It's a style of Rhodesian that's steeped in rich pipemaking tradition, yet one that isn't produced all that frequently in the modern era. Replete with muscular curvature and robust proportions, this Ropp rendition packs plenty of substance into a pipe that's fairly compact length-wise. It's a stout take on the classic shape, well-suited for use as a workhorse or a comfort pipe thanks to its broad chamber and thick insulating walls. The bowl displays the form's characteristic beadlines directly above the brief transition before a robust, elegantly bent shank and stem combination wraps everything up. The aforementioned beadlines are also stained a lighter color, allowing them to stand out just enough from the stummel's rich, ruby stain.

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: 4.85 in./123.25 mm.
  • Weight: 1.99 oz./56.54 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.63 in./41.46 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.34 in./33.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.64 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.76 in./44.58 mm.
  • Stem Material: Horn
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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