Il Duca: Smooth Tomato with Silver (C) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-427-0580

Max Rimensi, the artisan carver behind Il Duca pipes, carves a broad range of Tomato designs, often with bulbous profiles, but does occasionally produce more conservative versions. This trim iteration makes me think of an Acorn, with a slightly lifted heel, but a chop-top Acorn, with the rim slung extra low, and also of an Apple, given the consistent plumpness of the bowl, but does have an established place in the Italian craftsman's Tomato portfolio.

The shank is long in comparison to the bowl's height and flares to a handsome fitment of silver, the brightwork creating an elegant visual break before the smoothly tapered vulcanite stem. The slight S-curve in profile is commended by one of Rimensi's brilliant contrast stains and a smooth finish, showing off a wealth of handsome flame grain all around the bowl and up the flanks of the shank, as well as flecks of birdseye bedecking the flat rim. A commanding piece well over six inches in length, its use of trim dimensions manages to keep the weight comparatively light, making for a delightful feel in hand and promising a comfortable perch when clenched.

- Joel Balyeat
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.29 in./159.77 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 0.99 in./25.15 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.78 in./19.81 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.81 in./45.97 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Tomato
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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