Il Duca: Smooth Pencil Shank Billiard (C)

Product Number: 002-427-0494

Pencil shanks always emit an air of delicateness, seeming to be on the verge of snapping at the slightest hint of force. That would be the case were it not for artisan's like Max Rimensi of Il Duca reinforcing the slender briar with an elongated tenon of sturdy, reinforcing steel making it even more durable than standard briar pieces. Such a functional aspect ensures that this sleek Billiard benefits from strong engineering while still displaying the extra-svelte profile that makes pencil shanks so attractive. The trim shank-and-stem combination here give the bowl an impression of Stack height, yet in actuality, it's just on the larger end of a Group 4 or 5 size, and the bowl remains shorter than two inches. A traditional, auburn stain dresses the classic profile, adding to its timeless appeal, and were an old English marque to have fashioned a pencil-shanked number, I wouldn't be surprised if it were to have resembled this handsome piece from Max.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.68 in./144.27 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.79 in./45.47 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.75 in./19.05 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.36 in./34.54 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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