In the smoking culture, sometimes the quality of your experience is based on the quality of the pipe you use. Of course, the term “good” smoking pipe may vary quite a bit from one person to the next, but there are generally a handful of things to look for that will steer you in the right direction. Since smoking pipes are highly individual accessories, it’s always important to start off by finding a pipe that looks and feels good to you. Many pipes have slightly different shapes and sizes, and many smokers will take quite a bit of time picking out just the right one.
One quality of good smoking pipes that spans all the different styles is finding one without any flaws or defects in the design. You need a pipe that is easy to clean and will always deliver smoke how you want and when you want. Pipes with flaws and defects might make the smoking experience less pleasurable as there will be disruptions in the flow of the smoke as it makes its way through each piece. Stay away from pipes that have any tape or putty intended as a repair, as that will also cause problems with the performance.
Some signs of smoking pipes that are made well include a uniform grain running across the surface and a pipe that is lighter in weight. The draft hole should be positioned close to the center of the bowl and should be in perfect alignment with airhole that’s located in the stem. A good pipe will just have an overall look of quality and craftsmanship about it; like someone really cared about what they were doing when they made it.
For many smokers, the only way to go when it comes to a “good” pipe is with glass. Glass smoking pipes won’t give off the same kind of fumes as some other materials, and they won’t leave any after taste after you’re done smoking. The fact that you can see inside the chamber to know what is yet to come is also a big feature to some smokers. The glass also won’t heat up as quickly as other materials like metal, and won’t stay as hot once they do. Glass pipes are pretty fragile though, so be sure you’re going to handle with care if you want to give one a try.