Ropp: Ruby Sandblasted Bent Billiard
Product Number: 002-598-7203
A long, lithe version of the bent Billiard, this Ropp features a shank of relatively diminutive diameter stretching away from the bowl at about 45 degrees, topped with a long length of stem. The transition is smooth and wide for easy purchase in hand, and the heel, while pronounced and elegantly rounded, is behind the center axis of the tobacco chamber, a more English than Italian element and one that enthusiasts of the bent Billiard will recognize from traditional shape charts.
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./136.98 mm.
- Weight: 1.00 oz./28.41 g.
- Bowl Height: 1.74 in./44.32 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.52 in./38.54 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.23 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.33 in./33.84 mm.
- Stem Material: Horn
- Filter: None
- Shape: Bent Billiard
- Finish: Sandblast
- Material: Briar
- Country: France