What comes to your mind when you think of Roor, Illadelph or any of your favorite glass pipe manufacturer? You see quality in their pipes, you like their products and feel like there is no one who can do it better than them. But what you may not know is that most of these great manufacturers have one thing in common. They offer hand blown glass pipes over factory-made mold pieces.
Hand blowing is when the glass pipe is done and made by a person instead of a machine in the laboratory. Just like a tailor weaves a piece of cloth, someone else takes pieces of glass and some other tools and then creates something unique and great out of the glass. Hand blowing of glass pipes is an advanced craft that started a long time ago before the age of modern laboratories. Up to now, some people still blow glass from their homes or garages but professionals have their own warehouses set up with proper equipment and it shows in the consistency in their pipe designs.
Some people may disagree when I say that a hand blown glass pipe is better than a scientific pipe, but having held and used both types, the hand blown is more adorable. In any case, when a serious artist decides to work on a pipe, most probably they put all their efforts therein. They get committed and apply creativity because they know that their skills are what will determine if their artwork will be bought or not.
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On the other hand there are several things that scientific glass pipes may not offer you, creativity being one of them. Scientific glass pipes are meant for the average person who wants nothing more than a glass pipe. That is the reason most of them are just simple and cheap. Talking of creativity, hand blown glass pipe are champions in that sector. Take for instance the Roor Excalibur, it is almost known by every smoker even if they may not afford it. People can see the design for themselves.
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The durability of hand blown glass pipes is also very impeccable. Artists know that if they fail to make high quality glass pipes, their career may be at jeopardy. They therefore, make something that can be used for years without developing issues. They fix and assemble all parts one by one, test them and then sell their pipes to us knowing they did the best they could. This is contrary to some lab made glass pipes, which come with easy to break parts and can even fail to function from time to time.
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