Il Duca: Sandblasted Pencil Shank Apple (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0456

An elongated shank and standard-sized stem lend this piece from Max Rimensi of Il Duca a profile similar to the proportions characteristic of the Bing's Billiard design. In this example, though, the Italian artisan poises a plumply rounded Apple bowl on the end of the sleek shank and stem combination — the bowl's robustness accentuated by the rest of the composition's slender, streamlined nature. Such proportions also make for a conveniently lightweight pipe, despite the increased length, ensuring comfortable clenching. Pencil shanks, such as the one observed here, can appear delicate and fragile, but Max has crafted this piece with durability and reliability in mind: He's lined the shank with stainless steel, meeting the stem in a reverse tenon and providing worry-free reinforcement. Dressed in his oft-seen contrast-stained sandblast of vivid ochre hue, the presentation and overall design are indicative of Rimensi's attractive style.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.12 in./155.45 mm.
  • Weight: 0.93 oz./26.31 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.11 in./28.19 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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