Occasionally someone will come into our shop requesting to see our “Double” or “Triple” Blown Glass Hand Pipes. The premise behind double or triple blown glass is that it is thick layers of glass blown by the lamp worker (Glass Blower) to create a stronger and less breakable piece.
The problem is that in reality, there is no such thing. After some exhaustive research with over one hundred of the countries best smoke shops and lamp workers we discovered that many years ago some shop owners in California started referring to their thicker pipes as “Double Blown” and that eventually escalated into “Triple Blown” glass. These inaccurate descriptions were and are still being used as exaggerated selling points.
The thickness of a hand pipe or water pipe is decided by the blower before beginning the process. The thickness of the tube, how far it is stretched or shortened will determine the thickness of the piece when it is finished.
What does make a difference in durability is the type of glass used. For example; many American blowers use Schott Borosilicate for their work. Even some Chinese blown glass manufactures will import better quality glass tubes for their work like Simax or Pyrex. Most of those are American owned companies that have moved their factories to China for the same reason every other company does; cheaper labor. Another factor is American blowers will most definitely finish their glass in a kiln, heating the glass quickly and annealing the glass to make it stronger and more durable.
There are instances where glass could be referred to double blown, but that is simply multi-layering of colors and does not necessarily effect the strength of the piece. For example when working with “frit” you need to blow it out to melt it back in, then you blow a pipe out of it.. twice.. or double blown.
The Drop Test!
Some smoke shop owners will attempt to prove how strong their glass pipes are by dropping them on the floor or even tossing them across the room. This may in fact demonstrate that the glass has been well made and is durable, but EVERY time glass is impacted, it is weakened. So you should NOT buy the piece that the shop keeper dropped and instead choose a different one, although it is likely that piece has been dropped at least once at some point in a similar demonstration for a different customer.
So, the next time a smoke shop employee tries to sell you a hand pipe that is “Double” or “Triple” Blown you may want to turn around and find a more reputable shop to make your purchase from.
Here are some quotes from glass blowers and smoke shop owners that we heard during our research.
Chad – “9 out 10 times folks who refer to pipes as double or triple blown have very little experience in the glass blowing industry and may have learned the terminology from a Bodega or flea market style glass shop . As far I know , The term triple blown refers to inside color worked glass , to truly melt the colors in correctly would require the blower to melt down and blow out , melt in and blow out , melt in and blow out the tube be for shaping the pipe.”
Tom – “When I manufactured, I made a pipe for dyno-mite called the indestructible pipe. They were super thick, but doubled or triple blown, ha what a crock of shit. And dropping or throwing a pipe? Only a moron would buy a pipe after it was banged or thrown. I don’t know how many times some local blower would come in and chuck a pipe only to watch it shatter.”
Brett – “No such thing as double and triple blown. I blow glass every day and I have to educate people daily who come in the shop asking for double and triple blown. You can double and triple blow boro. There are different techniques to layering color. Such as blow Ins and encasement. Multiple layered glass is just as strong as any boro if done properly. When glass is thicker in most cases it’s because the blower condensed the proper amount of material for the piece. When it’s thin the blower took material that would normally make 1 pipe and they stretch it down to 3 pipes which then makes your glass thin. So double triple blown doesn’t exist.”
Chad – “Also any shop who has tried to sell myself or another customer a pipes thickness based on hitting it on a table or glass case , I’ve quickly educated that glass has memory, meaning every time you slam that piece of glass fractures happen, basically your selling already broken glass . I haven’t sold glass to one shop that uses this sales technique.”
Chris – “Glass is put in the kiln to anneal. That process relieves the glass of its stress so that it becomes stable. You can only anneal compatible glass though. No amount of annealing will allow 2 different coe of glass to become stable if they are too far apart.”
By Rob Fontano
Owner: Cirrus Smoke Shop
Fort Myers, Florida
When we were honored by being named SW Florida’s Authorized Retailer of the All New Officially Licensed Cheech & Chong™ Glass Line, we thought, Wow! What a great Christmas gift to give our wonderful customers this holiday season.
We are thrilled to be able to bring to you one of the most iconic brands in America as well as some of the finest glass water pipes, hand pipes and smoking accessories created for you by none other than Cheech & Chong™.
The comic duo didn’t just hire a glass company and slapped their name on some glass pipes. Both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were instrumental in creating an extensive line of glass for both the novice and most experienced and picky smoking enthusiast.
Most of the products come with names inspired by scenes in Cheech & Chong’s movies or comedy routines. Since Cheech & Chong™ Glass hit the market in June 2015, there have been almost 100 products — ranging from hand pipes and water pipes to oil rigs and flower bubblers. The packaging is important too. The water pipes and rigs come packaged with leather tie-dye boxes and certificates of authenticity. The hand pipes come with amazing tie-dye pouches for storage and protection with the Cheech & Chong™ logo on them.
So stop by Cirrus Smoke Shop on Metro Pkwy just North of Daniels in Fort Myers and explore the entire Cheech & Chong™ line up of high quality, creative and fun glass water pipes, hand pipes and smoking accessories.
Don’t miss the best Black Friday Sale in Fort Myers at Cirrus Smoke Shop. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday November 25th, Cirrus will have SW Florida’s Best selection of American blown glass and smoking accessories on sale at the best prices.
Take Advantage of these Smokers Fantasy Bundles available while supplies last!
420 Smokers Fantasy Bundle Only $100
12″ BIO Hazard American Blown Water Pipe
BIO Hazard Rolling Tray
3 Piece Grinder
Raw Rolling Papers
Blunt Power Air Freshener
420 Glass Cleaner
Holiday Gift Bag
710 Dabbers Fantasy Bundle Only $100
Recycler Dab Rig by BIO Hazard
Stainless Steele Tool
10mm Quartz Banger
Crown Butane 300ML
710 Class Cleaner
Holiday Gift Bag
Join us at Cirrus Smoke Shop for Fort Myers Only 420 Celebration!
Our own 420 Celebration will be hosted by Roach of 93X FM.
Enjoy Live Glass Blowing by Dexter Slab Glass, Music, Food, Beverages, 420 Olympics, Prizes and Give-a-ways and More!!!
Are You Ready for the 420 Olympics?
Prepare to compete in games like:
Waterpipe Ring Toss
Dorito Eating Contest
All Games will be judged by Roach of 93X FM
Win American Hand Blown Water Pipe, Hand Pipes and More!
Cirrus Smoke Shop
12951 Metro Pkwy Ste 16
Fort Myers, Florida 33966
“Just North of Daniels Pkwy in the Metropolis Plaza”
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 20th, 2016 4/20
Thank You to Everyone Who Came out to Help Us Celebrate 420 2016 Enjoy this event video.
**Must Be 18 Years of Age or Older to Enter
Cirrus Smoke Shop is thrilled to feature the incredible one of a kind glass works from Limitless Glass of Ashville, North Carolina. Limitless is all American Blown, made of Simax Borosilicate Glass and we use Lenz German precision Ground Joints. All parts are fabricated from those materials in house!
Limitless Glassworks is based in Asheville NC and run by two very professional individuals. The Founder and Head Glassblower Mike C has over 6 years scientific style glass experience and wife Courtney is Co-owner and in charge of all of the business duties, both having very high standards in quality.
This is a company that goes above and beyond for customer satisfaction. Limitless doesn’t use any Chinese glass in the making of there products. If you haven’t tried Limitless Glassworks yet you are missing out!
Head Glassblower and Founder Mike C has over 6 years glassblowing experience that is growing daily. Mike C. the founder and sole Glassblower has years of Scientific style Water Tube making experience. Starting at SYN then going on to help create Licit, and work at 3rd Degree Glassworks with the founder of SYN. “My last project was in Asheville at Burner Glassworks. Now after years of struggling to keep others quality to my par I bring Limitless Glassworks a Scientific Style Functional Glass of the highest caliber. Made with German Lenz joints and Simax tubing. All 100% made by me Mike C.”
Join us at Cirrus in welcoming Limitless Glass to SW Florida. Stop by our Fort Myers store to see he latest creations by Mike C of Limitless Glassworks.