Il Duca: Sandblasted Rhodesian (B)

Product Number: 002-427-0574

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. This vertical compression urges me to think of the Horn shape, as, if the bowl didn't feature its ridgeline, it would look very much like the aforementioned profile given the entire shape's gradual expansion from the button to the rim. Said ridgeline gives the transition a slight degree of sharpness, working in concert with the ridge itself to imbue the pipe with a more architectural look near the fore, though, in its entirety, this shape is quite fluid, gently ebbing to its zenith along a supple curvature. There's a touch of lift given to the heel, as if the briar were being held aloft by a breath of wind, and this pushes the bowl into a slightly more prominent position, allowing for you to easily focus your attention on its width and expert shaping. Rimensi has finished this pipe with a contrast stained sandblast, coloring the base of the briar a deep, rusty orange, while the streaks of flame grain that enwrap the lower bowl and the pinpricks of birdseye on the rim are treated with black, causing them to pop. A truly striking piece, this silhouette has become a signature of Massimiliano's, and it's not hard to see why, as this fusion of classic and contemporary shaping and styling results in a profile sure to stay relevant generations from now.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.28 in./134.11 mm.
  • Weight: 1.36 oz./38.56 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.27 in./32.26 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.76 in./19.30 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.95 in./49.53 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Rhodesian
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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