Il Duca: Sandblasted Natural Billiard (B) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-427-0649

Max Rimensi, the skilled carver behind Il Duca pipes, enjoys a reputation for being able to easily shift between the various schools of design, imbuing classic shapes with a re-imagined, more contemporaneous aesthetic, be it through stem material, design, or accent. Additionally, the Italian artisan prides himself in producing precisely engineered, highly functional smoking instruments built for durability and enjoyment, such as this bent Billiard.

Playful and demure, substantial in length but light in weight, this straight Billiard from Max Rimensi of Il Duca is a bit of a contradiction, but in a way that is undeniably attractive. The profile is neoclassic, as we often see from the Italian artisan, with the bowl growing from a rounded heel to reach a breadth quite impressive in proportion to the slender, tapering length of shank and sleek saddle stem. The division of mass keeps the visual weight forward and creates a capacious chamber while keeping the overall weight quite light. The grain radiates downward from above the pipe, dressing the bowl in cascading growth rings elevated by a precise sandblast. Already beautiful as it is, the pipe's virgin natural finish will grow in bespoke character with a unique patina gained from time and smoking sessions.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.03 in./153.16 mm.
  • Weight: 1.40 oz./39.69 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.03 in./51.56 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.60 in./40.64 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.79 in./20.07 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.57 in./39.88 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy