Il Duca: Partially Sandblasted Pencil Shank Rhodesian (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0474

Though we've seen a variety of pencil-shanked Il Duca pipes from Max Rimsensi over the years, this is the first time we've encountered a stand alone pencil shank Rhodesian from the Italian artisan, outside of the one we received as part of an impressive two pipe set. The bulbous bowl wears its waistline high and gradually tapers down toward its lifted heel, remaining poised and upright in its stance. The slender, streamlined shank and stem combination offers a sleek, diminutive aesthetic and places the majority of the design's visual weight on the robust bowl. While pencil-shanked designs may seem as fragile as if they can spontaneously break under the wrong gaze, in this piece Max has lined the shank with stainless steel tubing that attaches to the stem in reverse tenon configuration. Even in a lengthy pipe like this, strength and durability are maintained thanks to Rimensi's impeccable craftsmanship. The Italian carver has finished this piece in a crisp sandblast, offering an abundance of rich texture while preserving the bowl's inviting curves with the middle portion of the beadlines left smooth, stained a warm auburn hue. The stummel's jet-black stain is then complemented by the deep red-and-black tones of the cumberland mouthpiece, a subtle yet tasteful touch that allows the shaping and engineering to take center stage.

- Jeffery Sitts

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.07 in./154.18 mm.
  • Weight: 1.30 oz./36.85 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.82 in./20.83 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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