Il Duca: Sandblasted Pencil Shank Billiard (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0458

Max Rimensi, the artisan behind Il Duca pipes, has said that the Billiard is his favorite shape to craft and his preferred shape to smoke personally. That appreciation for the timeless form manifests itself beautifully in this pencil-shanked Billiard design, demonstrating the Italian artisan's talented craftsmanship and the broad stylistic range that's prevalent throughout his diverse portfolio. The shank and mouthpiece are both equally trim and sleek, allowing the tall, deep-chambered bowl to be the focal point. The bowl is positioned at a slight forward cant, subtly tapering from its plump base up toward the rim with the shank and stem trailing away in the distance.

Though many pencil shank pipes may appear fragile or delicate, this piece is anything but feeble. Max has reinforced the slender shank with a stainless steel tube which attaches to the stem in a reverse tenon arrangement. Rimensi has then treated the stummel to one of his signature crisp sandblasts and vibrant contrast stains. The bright ochre hue is here mixed with darker brown tones to highlight the nuances of the briar's grain which, as you can see, has yielded spectacular results.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.85 in./148.59 mm.
  • Weight: 0.83 oz./23.59 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.26 in./32.00 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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