Il Duca: Smooth Egg with Bamboo (C) Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-427-0682

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.

The bent Egg is a consistently produced shape from Rimensi, though iterations such as this are far rarer. Reminiscent immediately of the Elephant's Foot, a shape originally conceived by Bo Nordh, this piece bears some striking similarities to both its namesake and the modern classic. The shank here is remarkably trim and has been extended by three knuckles of dark bamboo, not only increasing its reach but introducing a lovely bit of organic detail to appreciate. This added detail balances out the visual weight of the bowl quite well, drawing the eye toward the transition through the shape alone without adding a great deal of contrast to the color palette: The dark bamboo maintains inky tones similar to the stem's demurely curved taper of black vulcanite. The shaping of the bowl is both where this pipe most resembles Nordh's design and where it diverges from those standards, as it has been gently compressed at the fore and aft and expanded out a bit at the flanks. From a profile view, this pipe is certainly a bent Egg, though its Shield-like fore makes it quite the uniquely stylized one, showcasing Rimensi's talent quite well and providing a beautiful canvas for the finish. Dressed in one of his iconically vibrant contrast stains, the stummel of this pipe showcases a band of cross grain wrapping around the midsection of the bowl, both the fore and aft displaying a swirling pattern of birdseye that's kissed with plateau at the fore.

-John McElheny
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.89 in./149.61 mm.
  • Weight: 1.00 oz./28.35 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.02 in./51.31 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.56 in./39.62 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.74 in./18.80 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Egg
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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