Il Duca: Partially Sandblasted Rhodesian (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0558

With a passion for pipes stretching back to 1990, Massimiliano Rimensi, founder of Il Duca pipes, has dedicated much of his time to sketching pipe shapes using both his imagination and various observations. More than a worthy pastime, this focus on composition allows the Italian artisan to craft pipes with utterly unique profiles, and to create renditions of classic shapes, such as this Rhodesian, that defy convention with their flowing lines and organic inclination. The stem is gingerly bent, a wide and easy taper of black vulcanite that meets a thick ovoid shank, informing the bowl's squatness. The transition rejects sharpness and hard angles in favor of a long and gentle ebbing forward of the briar on a slight slope, meeting the flared rim of the bowl with a subtle cheeking and rounded edges, magnifying this pipe's softness. On the underside the heel arcs languidly upward, giving the illusion of lift and meeting the tapered rim at a pair of beadlines, creating an implied line from the empty space to the rim's apex. The section between the beadlines is a trim band of honey-stained smooth briar that, in concert with the beadlines above and below it, has the effect of creating a continuous curve, entirely bereft of sharp angles. This soft organicism informs the domed rim as well, its slopes eminently curved to their zenith, overlooking a shallow chamber of respectable depth. With a supple fluidity and gradual, smooth, unbroken expansion, the silhouette of this pipe speaks to a great talent in carving and an artistic eye for composition, its components balanced effortlessly throughout the shape's subtle S-curve.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.43 in./137.92 mm.
  • Weight: 1.68 oz./47.63 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.41 in./35.81 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.73 in./18.54 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.00 in./50.80 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Partial Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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