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Anyone who has been a pipe smoker for even a short while, and especially someone who seeks out Extra Large and Magnum pipes, would be aware of how unusual and almost unthinkable to find more than one such pipe at the same place, at any given moment. Well, ont this page I'm offering a staggering selection of FIVE Magnum pipes.

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Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD005 Price: CHF 180.00  
Shape: Freeform Bulldog Weight: 62g / 2-3/16 oz
Chamber : 22.5mm --  Chamber Depth: 42mm  --  Wall Thickness: 16mm  --  Cleaner Passes?  Yes
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COMMENT:

This shape came as a beautiful surprise to me (and believe me, it's so tough to surprise me)! I would have lived with "Freehand" as a shape definition, but, hey, the bowl, till about three quarters down, is as similar to a Bulldog as possible. I find the combination of the Bulldog, the Dublin, and the flattened bowl base absolutely gorgeous. There's so much uniqueness about the shape and yet it appears so familiar and conservative. I strongly believe this is the mark of a talented and experience pipe maker, and who would be more deserving of this description than Luigi Radice, the master! The pipe does stands on its own on a flat surface, in case you were doubting it. The well made tapered mouthpiece is a great choice and I know that it will be so comfortable to clench on.
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Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD061 Price: CHF 200.00  
Shape: Dublin Weight: 49g / 1-23/32 oz
Chamber : ->22mm --  Chamber Depth: 44mm --  Wall Thickness: 10mm --  Cleaner Passes?  Yes
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COMMENT:

If someone came to me and asked what the word "Ringblast" means, I would not hesitate for a second to show him/her this pipe. Not only will I do that to show what Ringblast is, but also to show what FABULOUS Ringblast can be and why so many people are always on the lookout for perfect examples of Ringblast. Yes, this pipe is that good, that beautiful, and the Ringblast is that unbelievably impressive. To get an idea of how good it is, you need to look at the pictures and multiply that beauty by 4-5 times, just to get closer. I absolutely love the well-pronounced and quite uniform Bird's Eye on the bowl top. As a bonus, the pipe can rest on its own on a flat surface, which is a feature a lot of smokers like, since they don't have to worry about carrying a pipe rest/stand or have access to an empty and clean ashtray!
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Extra nomenclature: O
Pipe Code: RD013 Price: CHF 240.00  
Shape: Stack/Chimney Weight: 58g / 2-1/32 oz
Chamber : 22mm --  Chamber Depth: 45mm  --  Wall Thickness: 10mm  --  Cleaner Passes?  Yes
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COMMENT:

To justify why I opted for "Stack/Chimney" and not something along the lines of "Freeform Billiard", here are the measurements of the shank and bowl: The shank is about 35mm (1.38 inches) long and the bowl is about 55mm (2.17 inches) high. This is what the Stack is all about. Though Radice used the usual walnut stain, the pipe accepted it in its own unique way, resulting in a light-colored, bright, orange-brown combination, which I find quite attractive. The pipe has a few visible sandpits, but the grain is quite intriguing, with a combination of Flame Grain, Bird's Eye, with no bald spots. What gave the pipe the extra nomenclature "O" is the elaborate, multicolor wooden inserts in the mouthpiece. Though the pipe is impressively light in weight, it has quite a lot of wood and the tobacco chamber is HUGE (see the measurements above).
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Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD063 Price: CHF 240.00  
Shape: FF Liverpool Weight: 38g / 1-11/32 oz
Chamber : 21mm --  Chamber Depth: 43mm -- Wall Thickness: ->9mm --  Cleaner Passes? Yes
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COMMENT:

I don't recall having ever had as many reasons to add the word "freeform" to a shape definition as I do in this case. We first have to agree that because of the Billiard bowl, the long "un-oval" shank, and the short tapered mouthpiece, the one classic shape that comes to mind is the Liverpool. Let's now talk about the deviations from the classic Liverpool. First, the shank is of a very unusual shape, mainly tapered and square, and with a fluted end. The tapered mouthpiece is indeed short, but it is also ever so slightly bent. The result of all these deviations is a one-of-a-kind shape, and it should be a non-brainer for anyone who likes long-shanked pipes. Finally, I just need you to check out how light in weight the pipe is as well as how beautiful the grain is, particularly the Bird's Eye.
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Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD032 Price: CHF 240.00  
Shape: Freehand Weight: 52 / 1-27/32 oz
Chamber : 22mm --  Chamber Depth: 46mm  --  Wall Thickness: 11mm  --  Cleaner Passes?  Yes
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COMMENT:

You might be surprised that I opted for "Freehand" to describe this pipe. To tell you the truth, I gave it a lot of thought. The Oom Paul (Hungarian) came to mind, then the Freeform Dublin, etc., but nothing was convincing or accurate enough for me, and hence, the vague term "Freehand". Technically speaking, this pipe is a symphony, in its design, but above all, in its execution. It has an endless number of features, each of which is sufficient to make a pipe quite distinctive and one-of-a-kind. The grain is nothing short of great Bird's Eye on one side, and some fabulous Flame Grain on the other. The shank itself is quite sophisticated with those attractive cuts, twists, and bends. The mouthpiece is an Army Mount, and it comes in a design that recalls those old Peterson mouthpieces. You won't believe how effortlessly a cleaner goes through the entire pipe!
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Grade: CLEAR         Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD082 Price: CHF 280.00  
Shape: Poker Weight: 43g / 1-17/32 oz
Chamber : 21mm --  Chamber Depth: 42mm --  Wall Thickness: 9mm -- Cleaner Passes?  Yes
This pipe is comparable in size to a Dunhill Group:  4
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COMMENT:

As you may know, a pipe maker who wants to produce a pipe with predominantly Bird's Eye, needs to either buy a special piece of briar or cut one he has in a particular way. The nice thing about this pipe, which I believe followed the latter theory, is that the grain is so well and clearly distributed that it helps us track back the exact way the maker cut the piece of briar. I know this is rather abstract and probably too technical. What I'm trying to say is that the pipe (not only the bowl) shows some magnificent Bird's Eye and Crossgrain. You see this blend, along with a bit of Flame Grain, around the bowl, and on the bowl and shank base, you see nothing but extremely uniform Crossgrain. The shank has two sides showing Bird's Eye, while the upper and lower sides show Crossgrain. I won't comment on the shape, since the pictures show it clearly. I just need to confirm that the pipe can rest on its own on a flat surface with no support, thanks to the flattened bowl-shank base.
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Extra nomenclature: None
Pipe Code: RD066 Price: CHF 300.00  
Shape: Bell Weight: 50g / 1-3/4 oz
Chamber : 21.5mm --  Chamber Depth: 46mm --  Wall Thickness: ->12mm --  Cleaner Passes?  Yes
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COMMENT:

This is definitely one of my favorite shapes among this new Radice assortment. The shape is most definitely closest to the Bell, and the proof lies in the measurements. The bowl base has a diameter of about 27mm (1.1 inches), while the diameter of the bowl rim is 43mm (1.69 inches). That marked difference is definitely more representative of the Bell than of the Dublin. The true unique touch here is the two horizontal grooves that Radice added to the bowl top; it kind of automatically brings to mind the Bulldog and the Rhodesian, but the puck stops there. In addition, the shank, while being of an excellent length, is a bit longer than one would normally find (and this is a great plus, as far as I'm concerned). The choice of a classic, tapered mouthpiece is right on, and I wouldn't have chosen any other type (who am I anyway!). Let's move on to nature. The grain is undoubtedly and absolutely gorgeous. Not only are the "veins" straight but they are also extremely tight and close to each other. For a lot of people, this is a fine example of Straight Grain pipes, and I wouldn't argue with them. The only reason why I'm refraining from using the term "Straight Grain" here is that this is an Italian pipe. In other words, I believe that an Italian's well-grained pipe is a non-Italian's Straight Grain pipe (yours faithfully, trying to dodge the bullets ;-)
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Grade: G   ~   Finish: Rind (Rusticated)
Pipe Code: RD084 Price: CHF 360.00  
Shape: Pot Weight: 94g / 3-5/16 oz
Chamber : 23mm (0.91") --  Chamber Depth: 48mm (1.89") --  Wall Thickness: 15mm (0.59") -- Cleaner Passes? Yes
Bowl Height : 56mm (2.21") -- Bowl Diameter: 50mm (2") -- Total Pipe Length: 151mm (5.95")
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COMMENT:

I know it is a very close call between the Billiard and the Pot. I opted for the later mainly because it is the first shape that came to mind. However, if we consider the measurements, we may reach the same conclusion. As you see from the above measurements, there is a very, very small difference between the height and the diameter of the bowl (6mm), and as far as I know, this is the one detrimental factor when we are choosing between the Billiard and the Pot. For this to be more of a Billiard than of a Pot, we definitely need a more marked difference. I would have loved to see the grain around the bowl before the pipe was rusticated. You see, the bowl top exhibits excellent Bird's Eye, and I sure am glad that Radice kept it in smooth finish. There is also a small cluster of Bird's Eye on the bowl base which, being flat, allows the pipe to rest on a flat surface with no support. While this is an extra large pipe, with lots of wood and a very large tobacco chamber, I believe that one can easily clench on it without problems (you need to consult your dentist first, though ;-)
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Grade: GG   ~   Finish: Rind (Rusticated)
Pipe Code: RD085 Price: CHF 400.00  
Shape: Panel Billiard Weight: 123g / 4-11/32 oz
Chamber : 24mm (0.95") --  Chamber Depth: 53mm (2.1") --  Wall Thickness: 15mm (0.59") -- Cleaner Passes? Yes
Bowl Height : 70mm (2.8") -- Bowl Diameter: 52mm (2.1") -- Total Pipe Length: 165mm (6.5")
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Here I was choosing between the Billiard and the Stack or Chimney. At first, and judging only impressionistically, I wanted to go with the Stack. However, when I measured the shank length (63mm) and the bowl height (70mm), I decided it was more accurate to go with the Billiard. You see, a Stack (Chimney) would have to have a bowl that is much taller, in comparison to the shank length. Traditionally speaking, a Billiard should have a bowl that is equal in height to the shank in length. As the bowl is only very slightly greater in height than the shank is in length, I think it's closer to a Billiard than to a Stack. I know I should have added the word "Freeform" to my shape definition, but I believe it was more important to refer to the panels than to the freeform aspect of the shape. The bowl comes with the classic 8 panels, and the bowl base offers yet a ninth one. It is thanks to that flat bowl base that the pipe can be placed on a flat surface and can stay steadily without support. Both the bowl top and the entire shank are left in natural, smooth finish, which means that the pipe is actually more of a semi-rusticated than a rusticated one. That only adds to the great value that this pipe offers. Mind you, the acrylic mouthpiece is not really solid back in color. It is a blend of black, brown, and purple. You don't really see that when you look at it from the top, but once you turn it to its side, you realize the interwoven waves of colors.
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