Ropp: Mid-Century Smooth (M305) Tobacco Pipe
Product Number: 002-598-16669
Ropp's "M305" shape is a dynamic and fluidly curved rendition of the classic Skater shape, belonging to the French marque's Mid-Century line and reflecting the Danish tradition of pipe making. The shank and stem here lilt and ebb out of a wide transition, making a consistent, lifting taper out toward the button and infusing this piece with a sleek-lined elegance. The black vulcanite stem is quite lengthy, and its pairing to the shank balances the presence of the bowl up front, which is here poised atop a firm, spurred heel. Said heel's sharpness imbues the underside with a remarkable, sweeping undercurve through the aft, drawing the eye toward the heel, which acts as the visual center for the shape. Above, the bowl's walls curve through the fore and rise to a slightly slanted rim, the fore wall showcasing a belly-like look that rounds out through the mid-set waistline, offering a comfortable feel in hand.
Ropp's Mid-Century series embodies the intersection between the French and Scandinavian pipe making traditions. After WWII, Scandinavian pipe production skyrocketed, infusing the craft with minimalist designs and functional aesthetics. The burgeoning Scandinavian workshops turned to France, the progenitor of pipe tradition, to supply them with the tools and knowledge necessary for escalating the modern pipe making movement. The Mid-Century series is comprised of old-stock stummels originally shaped during that exciting time, which were recently finished at the historic Chapius-Comoy factory. Furthermore, the shapes showcase iconic Scandinavian design cues like sweeping, gestural profiles and towering bowls. Additionally, every Mid-Century pipe wears one of Ropp's signature finishes, either a chocolatey sandblast or smooth auburn stain, with this piece being dressed handsomely in the latter.-John McElheny
Measurements & Other Details
- Length: 5.87 in./149.14 mm.
- Weight: 1.11 oz./31.40 g.
- Bowl Height: 2.19 in./55.51 mm.
- Chamber Depth: 1.43 in./36.33 mm.
- Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.44 mm.
- Outside Diameter: 1.32 in./33.41 mm.
- Stem Material: Vulcanite
- Filter: None
- Shape: Skater
- Finish: Smooth
- Material: Briar
- Country: France