Il Duca: Sandblasted Morta Bent Apple (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0410

This bent Apple from Il Duca displays the same serpentine curl and pinched shank that's characteristic of Max Rimensi's signature Rhodesian designs. It's also been fashioned from dense morta, a material that the Italian carver utilizes frequently. Instead of a tapered and beadlined Rhodesian bowl, though, Max has here rendered an affably plump and squat Apple, the curling underside and tucked transition accentuating the form's rotund nature. The broad flare of the shank into the transition calls to mind the Diplomat design, especially with the muscular bowl up front — a shape chart standard that's not often seen from artisan pipemakers. For the finish, Rimensi has sandblasted the morta to reveal the material's uniquely striated texture and partnered the ebony hue with the warm, red tones of a cumberland stem.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.71 in./119.63 mm.
  • Weight: 1.63 oz./46.27 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.43 in./36.32 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.88 in./22.35 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.73 in./43.94 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: Italy
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