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Radice: Clear Limited Edition Christmas Set 2014 (05/25) (E)

Product Number: 002-030-2244

Every three years the Radices choose a new theme for their Christmas pipes, and starting from this year the theme will be Calabashes. This first entry is of a very slightly bent arrangement — the shank and German ebonite stem following a gentle curve, the bowl towering and broad. It is of course so towering and broad for good reason: to make room for an expansive internal chamber. As for the cap, there are in fact two, a feature planned to continue in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas pipes as well. With each pipe the first chamber-cap is briar, the second strawberry wood; briar chamber-caps are all presented in finishes fully matched to the pipe, strawberry wood chamber-caps all come in a color-matched sandblast, and additionally wear a small "C" stamp on their undersides, making them easier to identify in sets that include a pipe that's sandblasted as well.

Out of the 25 total pipes in this limited addition, 5 have received the smooth, golden Clear contrast finish, seen here paired with an impressive display of sweeping flame. As with all of these sets, the shank is accented with sterling silver, and the pipe and secondary chamber-cap come nestled in a handsome cedar presentation box with suede leather-covered, fitted padding, brass hardware including a push-button latch, drawstring pipe pouch, and a certificate of authenticity.

- Eric N. Squires

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 6.55 in./166.37 mm.
  • Weight: 2.80 oz./79.38 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.59 in./65.79 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.22 in./30.99 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.81 in./20.57 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 2.17 in./55.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Calabash
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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