Il Duca: Sandblasted Morta Apple (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0481

Here Max Rimensi, the artisan behind Il Duca pipes, presents an almost Prince-like take on the Apple shape, albeit one without the gently downturned stem typically displayed by the Prince. Instead, the Italian carver has kept the shank and stem arrow straight, pairing it to a petite, squat bulb of a bowl up front. It's an excellent fusion of refined elegance and plump curvature with the bowl being an utter delight to wrap your fingers around, and the tucked transition only accentuates the bowl's curvature. That feeling is amplified further thanks the the stummel's crisp sandblast and well-defined grain striations covering the bowl. Morta is known to unveil some exceptionally mesmerizing grain patterns and Rimensi has certainly taken full advantage of it with this example as wavy lines of grain ripple around the bowl. Said lines pair well with the variegated hues of the striated cumberland stem, offering a subtle color contrast against the black morta, while still aligning with the grain's texture.

- Jeffery Sitts
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.46 in./138.68 mm.
  • Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.52 in./38.61 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.31 in./33.27 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.72 in./18.29 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.63 in./41.40 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Apple
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Morta
  • Country: Italy
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