Radice: Rind Paneled Billiard Tobacco Pipe

Product Number: 002-030-8213

This paneled Billiard from Radice is a stout and compact piece, with a sleek shank-and-stem combination balancing the sturdy, firm-lined bowl. A wide transition here leaves plenty of room to drape a digit and gives way to a tapering shank-and-stem combination that diminishes continuously as it reaches toward the button. The bowl stands atop a rather sharp heel, one that additionally denotes a low-set waist and the bottom of eight crisp panels that round the circumference of the walls. From the low waist, the walls of the bowl take on a sleek taper to the flat rim, its build lending this pipe a sturdy and extremely muscular feel in hand. Dressed in a craggy rustication, the stummel is rich with texture, all dressed in a warm, auburn-tinged stain that's contrasted nicely by the silvery tones of the acrylic stem.

Luigi Radice was born in 1939 and began his career working with briar in 1961, finding employment at the venerable Castello workshop. While working for the now legendary brand, Luigi met Giuseppe Ascorti, and the two left together in 1968 to found Caminetto, where he stayed for 12 years, before departing to establish Radice in 1980. With help from his son, Gianluca, and his father, Paolo, Luigi began producing pipes in a striking neoclassical style which quickly amassed acclaim from enthusiasts of such stylized works. Luigi was later joined by his other son, Marzio, and the family-run workshop has since become known not just for their unique take on the neoclassical style of pipe making, but their singular accenting and finishing techniques.

-John McElheny

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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.58 in./141.73 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 2.14 in./54.36 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.89 in./48.01 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.19 in./30.23 mm.
  • Stem Material: Acrylic
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Panel
  • Finish: Rusticated
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Italy
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