Back in 1950, Albert Einstein stated: “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
While Einstein was a wooden pipe smoker, it’s a unique statement from such a brilliant man, and it makes us question – that there’s something about the shape of a hand pipe that invokes a pondering that inspires deeper thoughts, wouldn’t you agree?
I do! I think Einstein was on to something, we should be smoking from pipes more often!
Hand Pipes Are A Classic Mainstay In Any Smokers Collection!
Personally, I always felt pipe smoking offers a unique experience from the newer technologies found with electronic devices. There’s something particularly satisfying about packing up a glass hand pipe, chilling back in a comfortable chair – lighting up, taking that direct hit and just let your thoughts take you away….
A large number of smokers enjoy using glass hand pipes daily as a mainstay in their collection of pieces, and it’s also one of the most “traditional” forms. While there’s many electronic vaporizers, vapor pipes and dab rigs to choose from now-a-days, simply holding a hand pipe has a way of producing this feeling of nostalgia from the good ‘ole days (and you can count on it delivering a consistent smoke every time). *If you’re smoking out of a glass hand pipe – keep that *ish clean and you’ll never be disappointed!
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For those who deem themselves “old school” or the “classic” type – the wooden hand pipe is the way to go.
These types of pipes also enjoy some level of popularity due to the natural and sensual feel that they have. Not to mention that smoking out of wood can provide some very pleasant aromatics. But typically these are not recommended for newbies due to the fact that wooden pipes should to be charred before usage and require a little more practice to get consistent hits compared to glass pipes.
Why Glass Hand Pipes Are So Popular
Another benefit is that glass hand pipes are readily available and are usually the most affordable style of pipes you can buy. Depending on where you live, you can even find small mini hand pipes (usually 3″ or less) for $8-$20 at your local smoke shop or gas station. Most smoke shops will have a great selection of small hand pipes to choose from because the shop owners don’t have to invest as much into those pieces compared to heady glass pieces or dab rigs that may cost anywhere from $200 to $500+. Comparatively, they can buy many more quality glass hand pipes for the same price.
Head shop owners and other glass pipe sellers realize this, and thus buy entire sets of glass pipes made from a wholesale manufacturer. This gives the average person visiting the store, a great variety of materials including unique glass art, colors, variations, designs and com cob pipes. This is also why hand pipes under 6″ are one of the most purchased pipes in the world.
Whatever item you choose to smoke out of is totally up to you, and in this post, we’ll cover the main 8 styles of glass hand pipes to help you choose your next piece. When you get a well crafted glass hand pipe, it can truly deliver a unique inhalation that is less intense on your throat, lungs and reduces coughing. (Although certain pieces are created for smokers who prefer stronger, harsher tokes, so read on!)
With chillums you use your hand as the chamber. You put the chillum in between your index and middle finger. Form a hollow fist and make a tight seal. Then suck on your hand while you light – you’re not actually putting your mouth on the pipe.
Sherolock pipes are a type of glass hand pipes with a J-shaped curved neck and chamber. This style of pipe is very similar to a spoon pipe and chillum pipes for the fact that they are all used for dry herbs and do not contain a water chamber for filtration.
These pipes are a genre of small pipes that one can easily hold in one hand. We aren’t talking large pieces, but more or less under 6″. These glass hand pipes are small enough you can put in your pocket or purse when you’re done.
Spoon pipes are available in a plethora of styles, shapes, sizes and colors, so there’s a wide selection to choose from. Usually they feature a bowl from where you fill/light up your herbs and a stem from where the smoke comes out.
Gandalf pipes are the older brother to Sherlock pipes in that their shapes are similar and can be made of either wood or glass. Gandalf pipes have longer chambers (typically 8 to 12 inches long) and are ‘stretched out’ compared to a curved chamber of a Sherlock pipe. For newer smokers, we’d recommend glass over wood since it is much easier to keep clean. However, there are wood Gandalf pipes available and they can be quite fun to smoke out of too!
Steamroller pipes provide huge, strong hits! (not recommended for beginner smokers).
Some compare it to smoking from a dry glass pipe, without any water chamber or percolation to smooth and cool the smoke.
Those that favor steamroller pipes note that the strong, harsh hits are part of the appeal for them.
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Amber Fumed Hammer Bubbler by Cornerstone Glass
A bubbler pipe is like a cousin to a Sherlock pipe. It’s a mix between a dry pipe and a larger water pipe. It’s pretty much the same as a dry hand pipe – only it has a chamber for water at the bottom. The water acts as a filtration device and helps provide a smoother inhalation than dry pipes. Most bubbler pipes work the same way as a traditional hand pipe and have a bowl, mouthpiece and carb hole. Just fill the chamber with a small amount of water (through the mouthpiece hole – NOT the bowl hole) and smoke it like a spoon or Sherlock pipe.
Looking for some cool bubbler pipes to add to your collection? – Look no further!
MINI OIL RIGS
Glass Concentrate Hammer Bubbler Mini Oil Rig with Glass Nail and Dome
The mini oil rig is a true innovation within the glass pipe world, combining science and functionality with the art & beauty of glass art, all comprised within one stunningly mobile oil rig. Among it’s many benefits are the fact that it requires less water which means less chances or spilling or splash-back. Also due to it’s size, mini oil rigs filter the vapor without cooling it too much and provide a smooth inhalation experience.
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