Ropp: Mid-Century Smooth (M303) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-598-16691

This "M303" Acorn from Ropp possesses a robust bowl that flares from a sharp heel to an inflated rim in nearly identical fashion to its namesake nut. Out back, the broad transition sweeps out of the sharp nadir — the gestural shank softening the bowl's crisp features. Furthermore, the well-bent shank ascends to the thick, vulcanite stem that continues the upward trend, returning to parallel far above the rim. Overall, this "M303" Acorn offers a hearty compositional balance, making it ideally suited for both comfortable jaw-hanging and clutching 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.

--Zach Podl

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.49 in./139.37 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.98 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.20 in./55.76 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.78 in./45.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.64 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.40 in./35.55 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Acorn/Pear
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: France
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