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The Evolution of The Hand Pipe

Let’s start with the basics of a hand pipe, consisting of four parts: the bowl, carburetor (carb/rush hole), the neck, and the mouthpiece. The carburetor is a small hole commonly found on the side of the pipe, this feature allows control of the airflow. When covering the carb hole with a finger, the air pulls through the bowl, burning the dry herb. This produces smoke into the neck of the pipe while inhaling. When you release the carb hole, air rushes into the carb and through the neck. The size and depth of the bowl vary from artist to artist, and we encourage you to find one that best suits you. Here's a snippet of each, listed in order of MY personal preference:

The more elegant of the three is the Sherlock pipe. Sherlocks is ergonomic, which means they fit in your hand better and you are less likely to drop it unless you’re stoned and stood up while forgetting it was in your lap (like me). The iconic arched stem of this style pipe is highly recognizable. Although the sherlock has the same 4 components as the spoon, the bowl and carb hole are commonly bigger on a sherlock, allowing for bigger yet cooler hits.

The classic spoon pipe caught its name due to its close resemblance to a spoon. Spoons also range in size, however, they are usually easy to conceal in your purse, backpack, or even your pocket, making it commonly used for on-the-go needs. This pipe was an evolution of the chillum and was the first pipe to introduce the carb hole, producing a much smoother toke.

A smaller and great beginner piece is the chillum (1E's). A chillum is a compact, straight pipe, and it has a small bowl sitting at the end of the tube. A chillum does not have a carb hole, which means you have less control over the airflow resulting in a heavier, more direct hit.

Here are a few Reference pictures:



Chillums/ Onies:

If you see what you like please go visit our selection under dry pipes.

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