Ropp: Honoré de Balzac Smooth (428) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-598-11830

Like their "347" shape, Ropp's "428" is a sleek Belge interpretation. This particular rendition features a more bulbous, Apple-like bowl oriented in the design's characteristic forward cant. It's a take on the clay tavern pipes of old but is here fashioned from briar, the streamlined taper through the shank and stem lending the bowl a perched posture and contributing to the shape's overall svelte elegance. This particular "428" is offered in long Churchwarden form — even more reminiscent of old tavern pipes — contrasting the more standard size of the "428B" rendition in Ropp's other series.

Considered one of the founders of European realism, Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright whose work greatly influenced the likes of Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, and Jack Kerouac. Ropp presents their Honoré de Balzac series, comprised of Churchwarden shapes, as an homage to the writer — quite the apt commemoration, as Churchwardens are considered popular reading pipes. Perfect for smoking while lounged in an armchair, the characteristically long stem ensures that attention remains on the pages before you, requiring little movement to smoke. It's a series marked by classic French shapes, rendered by a classic French marque in honor of a classic French literary figure, with this particular offering presented in a traditional, auburn stain and accented by the line's flashy nickel accent band.

-Truett Smith

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 10.90 in./276.96 mm.
  • Weight: 1.01 oz./28.63 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.48 in./37.66 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.21 in./30.69 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.24 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.29 in./32.83 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Churchwarden
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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