Il Duca: Sandblasted Morta Rhodesian

Product Number: 002-427-0422

Presented here is a Rhodesian rendition of Max Rimensi's signature bent Bulldog design, pairing jet-black morta with a stem of rust-hued cumberland. What struck me immediately about this piece was the Italian carver's choice of a straight stem in place of the lithely bent style he so often incorporates with this form. While the shank curls at an angle from out of the transition, the stem remains arrow straight out back, though the steeper taper of the topside lends it a bent-like nature in profile. The bowl, however, is like Max's other renditions — squat and affably plump, the waistline is marked by a crisp ridgeline separating the lifted heel from the domed rim up top. It's a piece that exudes different aesthetics from different vantage points: In profile, it's a sleek-lined, forward-urging bundle of dynamic momentum, yet from above, it presents a broad muscular disposition, the shank flaring into the wide transition. Handsome work from Rimensi, with loads of texture offered by the sandblasted finish and a classy color palette all around.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.27 in./133.86 mm.
  • Weight: 1.76 oz./49.90 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.38 in./35.05 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.96 in./24.38 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.77 in./19.56 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: Italy
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