Ropp: Ruby Sandblasted Bulldog

Product Number: 002-598-7167

The Bulldog is a classic, sturdy shape, considered masculine by many, perhaps because of its rigid, geometric form enforced by the diamond shank and angles of the bowl above and below the beadline. This Ropp Bulldog, has a bowl that lifts a bit higher than the traditional form, with a slightly more slender bowl. Crisp and sharp ridgelines define the shank and travel into the stem to maintain the geometry, while cheeking at the transition maintains the bowl shape beautifully. The beadlines are set centrally around the bowl's waist and display the briar's natural, lighter hue to contrast the stain's ruby overtones.

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.

- Chuck Stanion

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.39 in./136.91 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.78 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.87 in./47.50 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.48 in./37.59 mm.
  • Stem Material: Horn
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bulldog
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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