Figuring out which glass piece is right for you can be a pretty difficult process. With so many different types to choose from (and the variety that comes with each of those types), it's important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before even setting foot inside the store.
One of the best and most reliable choices for first-time buyers is none other than a good old-fashioned glass pipe. Glass pipes are a beautiful and elegant way to consume your favorite types of dry herb.
Let us walk you through how best to go about choosing a glass pipe that's right for you.
One of the most important things to consider when finding the perfect pipe for you is the size. Glass pipes come in a whole mess of different sizes and shapes. When shopping for a pipe, think about how and where you'll be using it most. Obviously, small pipes are easier to carry and conceal if you plan to use it anywhere outside the house. Some pipes are made small enough to fit inside the palm of your hand. These will also easily fit inside your coat or pants pocket for easy storage when you're on the move. On the flip side, if you're looking for something to use in the comfort of your own home, there's a bit more freedom to go a little crazy. Sherlock pipes and bubblers are fantastic pieces to keep on display on your living room table. These types of glass pipe will also pack a little more punch than your garden variety handpieces. So, if you're looking for something that hits a little bit harder, bigger is definitely the way you want to go.
Durability is a huge factor when considering which glass piece you plan on buying. Accidents happen all the time. If you really think you're never going to drop your glass pipe, think again. Whether it's in the less than capable hands of one of your friends or inside the clumsy fingers of your own, sooner or later, that pipe is going to hit the floor. Certain pipe manufacturers (cheap ones) skip crucial steps in the glass blowing process and often use cheaper materials to make their products. When shopping at your local retailer, don't be afraid to ask the store clerk about the quality of the glass in question.
Also, never hesitate to ask the clerk to hold a glass piece before you commit to buying. This way you'll be able to feel the weight of the piece and the density of the glass in question. There's no problem with going for lower quality; just be aware of what you’re getting before you decide to buy.
Functionality and design
As is the case with most products, there is a massive divide between functionality and aesthetics. Glass pieces are no different. Pipes and other glass pieces are generally separated into two major categories: production pieces and art pieces. As the name suggests, a production piece is a model that's meant to be produced on a massive scale. These pipes are designed with functionality in mind. They're made to give the user the smoothest smoking experience possible. Art pieces, however, have a different goal in mind. While they still provide the user with a pleasant smoking experience, the goal of these pieces is to create something unique and beautiful. They might not have the same calculated design as their production counterparts, but you'll sure be left with something that will make people's jaw drop when they see it for the first time.
Set a price and stick to it
There's no getting around it; pipes can be extremely expensive. It's important to set yourself a price limit before you even start looking. Consider your smoking habits and exactly what you're looking for in a piece. Many retailers make affordable, quality pieces. So, spending an arm and a leg on your first pipe isn't a necessity. Look for online retailers that have reduced prices on older models, or consider buying from an artist directly. How much you decide to spend is entirely up to you.
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