To the left is an example of the
RADICE inventive genius- now available in the
RADICE TWIN BORE SERIES. The idea was first generated over thirty years
ago in response to pipe smokers who have delicate palates or
who suffer from the dreaded tongue
bite. Traditional twin bore mouthpieces offered some relief in this area, but
were extremely difficult to clean in that each of the twin bores came in at a 45
degree angle from the end of the lip making it almost impossible to run a pipe
cleaner through either channel. So... the traditional twin bore came and
went. RADICE devised a method where each of the
twin bore channels runs parallel to the other from the end of the lip and connects mid-way down the mouthpiece. In this way
the smoke is cooled considerably as it mixes with air in both parallel channels,
the pipe draws much more freely, and the pipe smoker can clean his
pipe as easily as a standard pipe.* Thus he derives the
following benefits in that the Radice twin bore:
* For those
of you that have purchased a Radice twin bore pipe with the clear acrylic
mouthpiece, please adhere to the following cleaning procedures in order to
insure that the blackened center channels remain such:
RADICE OIL CURED SERIES- utilizing a unique method first developed almost 100 years ago the Radice family now offers a series of oil cured pipes for those who prefer a nut-like flavor during break-in. Each Radice oil cured pipe sports the twin bore mouthpiece described above.
As of late 2003, in response to many customer requests, the Radice family have thinned the lip of all their hand-cut Plexiglas mouthpieces
Starting January 2005 the Radice family offers their customers another choice- that of a hand-cut highest quality vulcanite mouthpiece for those who prefer the look and/or feel of this material. Of the approximately 1,000 Radice pipes sold in the United States on a yearly basis perhaps 20% will have a black or brindle vulcanite bit. Such a pipe may be readily recognized by the small "V" stamped on the shank. And of course the bit will feel differently between the teeth than the traditional hand-cut Plexiglas bit.
A word or two on price of Radice pipes with vulcanite bits: there is a $25 surcharge for these pipes. Why? Although cast Plexiglas bits are more expensive than cast vulcanite mouthpieces, the opposite is true when comparing the price of highest quality vulcanite rod with sheet Plexiglas. Vulcanite rod, as a material, is not much used in our so-called modern age and so the limited production of this material carries a stiff price tag. Plexiglas (U.S. trade name Lucite), on the other hand, still finds a wide variety of uses and its production is many times more than that of vulcanite rod. Because of this fact Plexiglas, in sheet form, is much cheaper to obtain. Hence the need for the surcharge.