To expand our ever-growing knowledge-base, we have created The Cave Glossary!  This expansive glossary details every term unique to the Smoke Shop & Glass Art industries. Below you will find an expansive list of the terms used on our site and throughout our industry!  If there's any terms you don't see in here that you want to know about or think we should add, please contact us!



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2-Piece Grinder
3-Piece Grinder
4-Piece Grinder

Ash Catcher

Bag System
Banger Hanger
Beveled Banger
Borosilicate Glass
Bubble Cap

Carb Cap
CFL-Reactive Glass
Club Banger
Color Fade
Color Glass
Cone Filler
Cotton Swab
Crushed Opal


Dab Mat
Dab Pen
Dab Rig
Dab Vaporizer
Dabber Tool
Desktop Vaporizer
Dewar Seal
Directional Cap
Disc Flip
Drop Down
Dry Catcher
Dry Pipe
Dual-Purpose Vaporizer

Electric Nail


Female Joint
Fixed Perc
Flat Top Banger


Glass Blunt
Glass Cleaner
Glass Tip
Ground Glass Joint

Hand Spun
Hand-Formed Joint
Hand-Ground Joint
Hard Cases
Hemp Paper
Herb Iron
Herbal Vaporizer
Honey Hole
Hot-Hit Slide

Ice Pinch
Inside Out


Keck Clip
King Size
King Slim


Lip Wrap

Male Joint
Metal Pipe
Multi-Hole Slide

Nectar Collector


Padded Pipe Bag
Peak Top
Pig Snout
Portable Vaporizer
Protective Case
Push Bubbler


Reclaim Catcher
Removable Perc
Rice Paper
Roach Clip
Rolling Machine
Rolling Tips
Rolling Tray
Round Bottom Banger

Shake Cleaner
Single Wide Paper
Slide Stand
Slurper Set
Smart Rig
Snorkel Carb
Soak Cleaner
Spinner Cap
Straight Shooter
Straight Tube

Temperature Sensor
Titanium Nail
Titanium Swing
Tree Arms

UV Glass

Vac Stack

Whip Systems

Wig Wag
Wood Pipe



1 1/4" Papers

1 1/4" PAPER

 /wən & wən kwôrdər/    Origin: Rolling Papers - Sizes

There are a variety of size options for rolling papers as different people have varying preferences for the length and width of their papers. Arguably the industry standard and most popular size is the 1 1/4". These papers measure out to be 78mm x 44mm making them the happy medium size between Single Wide and King Size.  

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2-Piece Grinder


 /to͞o pēs ɡrīndər/    Origin: Smoking  - Grinders

Two piece grinders have a single chamber for packing your herb directly into the teeth. Two piece grinders keep your herb and pollen integrated, as there is no separate chamber for pollen collection. 

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3-Piece Grinder


 /ˈTHrē pēs ɡrīndər/    Origin: Smoking  - Grinders

Three piece grinders are made up from three pieces and two chambers. One chamber is for packing your herb directly into the teeth, and the second chamber is underneath the teeth to collect your ground herb as it falls through. Three piece grinders keep your herb and pollen integrated, as there is no separate chamber for pollen collection. 

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4-Piece Grinder


 /fôr pēs ɡrīndər/    Origin: Smoking - Grinders

Four piece grinders are made up of four pieces and three chambers. One chamber is for packing your herb directly into the teeth, with the second chamber being underneath the teeth to collect your ground herb as it falls through. The third chamber is underneath the second and is typically separated by a metal screen, allowing only the pollen to fall through. Four piece grinders separate your herb and the pollen that was ground off during the grinding process.

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 /əˈdaptər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Compatibility

Adapters are used to convert a glass joint on a tube or a pipe into a different joint for compatibility reasons. Many enthusiasts also use adapters as a way of altering the air flow, or function on a pipe. Some adapters, especially drop downs, may even be used as a way of separating the pipe from the quartz banger or nail to keep residual heat away from the pipe itself. 

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 /ˈaSH kaCHər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Attachments

Ash catchers are separate chamber attachments with diffusion. Ash catchers are designed to keep ash or particulate out of the main chamber of the pipe, keeping your tube or bubbler cleaner.

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 /ˈadəˌmīzər/    Origin: Vaporizer Parts

The term atomizer refers to the heating element on smart rigs or dab pens that are typically removable for easy cleaning or replacement.

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Bag System


 /baɡ ˈsistəm/    Origin: Vaporizers - Function

The name "bag system" refers to vaporizers that fill bags with vapor instead of the classic hose style. The bag is filled with vapor via a fan pushing hot air through the herb chamber, effectively vaporizing the herb and filling the bag with vapor. The most popular bag system vaporizer on the market is The Volcano by Storz & Bickel

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Bake-On Labels


 /bāk än/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Logos

Nothing in glass comes with ease, and bake-on's are no exception!  Bake-on labels allow illustrations and accurate recreations of studio's logos to be enameled to glass.  The label is actually glass based itself, and requires very careful placement, as well as kiln firing to properly and permanently anneal it to the surface.  Failed bake-on's are a huge costs for production studios that use them, and some brands will even make a piece a 2nd quality of the bake-on has too many imperfections.  

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 /ˈbamˈbo͞o/    Origin: Materials

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable and versatile materials in the world. Within this industry alone, Bamboo is used to create a wide variety of products. The most popular uses for Bamboo are Rolling Papers, Rolling Trays, Rolling Machines, Pipes, Dugouts and Pokers. 

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 /ˈbaNGər/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories - Quartz

The term banger refers to the types of nails, or heatable elements that are most popular to use with dab rigs. Bangers are usually made from quartz and come in various shapes and sizes. Quartz bangers are traditionally made in the USA and China, but just like with any other product, not all bangers are created equally. Bangers made in the USA are made from a purer quartz and as such, have better heat retention, and an overall longer lifespan. We carry bangers made in the USA as well as, Import bangers in order to meet any budget! 

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Banger Hanger


 /ˈbaNGər haNGər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

The term banger hanger is typically used to describe pipes with fixed stems and joints that sit at a 90° angle away from the piece. Banger hanger pipes usually have a large chamber with the joint sticking out the side, this chamber is then connected to a smaller bore neck. This style pipe provides the user with a birds eye view of their quartz banger, changing the overall dabbing experience. 

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 /bēkər/    Origin: Waterpipe - Form

Beakers are without a doubt the most iconic water pipe shape. Beaker tubes feature a similar shape to Erlenmeyer flasks used in laboratory settings. These tubes are typically formed from a single piece of tubing where the base and mouthpiece are integrated. 

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 /ˈbev(ə)ld ˈbaNGər/   Origin: Quartz Banger - Form

Quartz Bangers have gone through many developments since their initial introduction to the market. One of the more recent iterations is the Beveled Banger. A beveled banger typically has high walls and a flat top with an angled inside edge on the top of the cup. The angled edge allows for bubble caps and marbles to sit lower in the cup and ultimately give a better seal. 

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Bowl Or Slide


 /bōl/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Attachments 

The term bowl is commonly used to refer to either the removable slides used on tubes, beakers or bubblers or the fixed push bowls on bubblers and dry pipes. Essentially, the term bowl refers to the part of your pipe where you pack your herb. 

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Bubble Cap


 /ˈbəb(ə)l kap/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

Bubble caps are the most popular form of carb cap on the market today and get their name from their overall shape. Bubble caps allow the user to push the concentrates around the inside of the quartz banger in order to increase the surface area the concentrate is exposed to. 

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Scientific Bubbler


 /ˈbəb(ə)lər/    Origin: Waterpipe - Form

A bubbler consists of a water chamber with a narrow mouthpiece attached. Bowls for bubblers are usually on the top of the chamber, and usually have a fixed stem directly underneath. OG Bubblers have fixed bowls or sometimes a removable grommet slide. Scientific Bubblers have ground glass joints with removable slides. Bubblers have many forms, such as Sherlocks, Hammers and Sidecars to name a few. There are bubblers designed for concentrates, known as Dab Rigs. 

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Carb Cap


/ˈkärb kap/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories 

Carb caps allow the user to properly take dabs at low temperatures, and as such, are a necessary accessory to use with your quartz banger. After the dab is dropped in your banger, the carb cap is set over the opening to lock-in your low temperature and give you a fat, flavorful cloud! A carb cap can be any form, all it needs to do on a basic level is restrict airflow. That said, carb caps have evolved from basic restriction to airflow control, allowing unprecedented efficiency while dabbing. First came Directional Carb Caps, which are still favored by some. The most popular carb cap over the past years has been the Bubble Cap, which allows the user to push their dab around the banger to increase surface area exposure. Spinner Caps are newer to the scene but favored by many, as they provide the most efficiency when combined with pearls by obliterating your dabs.  

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/ˈkärb(y)əˌrādər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Function

Carburetors, or carbs, are small holes on the side of a dry pipe or bubbler that allows for the pipe to be cleared at the end of the rip. The carb is covered when lighting the bowl and throughout the initial draw, when done inhaling, simply lift your finger off the carb and draw more air to clear the pipe. 

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/ˈkärviNG/   Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

The term carving refers to the technique of stripping away layers of glass to expose a specific pattern or design. Carving is a form of cold working the glass, as it is performed once the glass has cooled down. Many artists have built their own unique styles using the carving technique, click here to browse our selection of carved glass! 

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/ˈsəˈramik/   Origin: Pipes & Accessories - Materials

Ceramic is most commonly used in the production of dry pipes, nails for dabbing, and chambers for vaporizers. The ceramic used in atomizers and concentrate nails is typically made from high-purity medical grade ceramic ensuring clean flavor and optimal heat retention. 

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CFL Reactive


/CFL rēˈaktiv glas/   Origin: Glass Art - Color - CFL

The Borosilicate glass color palette has grown exponentially in recent years. One of the more popular innovations in colored glass is CFL Reactive tubing, which changes color depending on the light it is exposed to. Believe it or not, in our example photo to the left, that is the same tube!  This color is called Serum and shifts from yellow to pink under CFL lighting.

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/ˈkāˌäs/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Due to its assembly difficulty and blending of techs, Chaos is a style of glass that many of the greatest artists are known for. This advanced method integrates multiple miniaturized techniques into small sections creating elabororate, yet chaotic designs. From a distance, chaos can look crowded. Up close, however, it's a different story!

High level work in chaos style displays some of the most complex aesthetics in glass art, all painstakingly planned out in a beautiful composition. Styles typically seen in chaos work are millies, linework, opals, cane, fuming, thumbprints, honeycomb, rettis, fillas, disc flips, dot stacks... conceptually every glass technique there is.

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/ˈCHärmər/     Origin: Quartz Banger - Form - Specialty

Much like the Slurper invented by Toro Glass, the Charmer by QuaveCB is a high performance quartz banger with airflow allowing for a consistent rip. However, the Quave Charmer sets itself apart from the other high-performance nails on the market with its overall shape and function. The Charmer is meant to be used with a removable hollow cone in the cup that lifts off the base of the cup when the user pulls through the pipe. This cone creates a chamber within the cup where your dab can spin freely without the possibility of getting sucked down the neck of the banger. On the bottom of the cup, there is a quartz dish along the outside where the concentrate is loaded before it is sucked into the cup through narrow angled holes. The angled holes create a vortex that spins the dabs around the inside of the quartz, maximizing the surface area the concentrate is exposed to. Charmers are commonly paired with Terp Pearls for optimal vapor density and efficiency. 

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/CHazzed/    Origin: Dabbing - Slang Terms

"Chazzed" is a term used amongst glass collectors to describe a quartz banger that has turned grayish and cloudy due to improper upkeep.  This is due to a process called Devitrification where new crystaline structures form and turn the bottom surface of your banger from the Salt Flats to the Grand Canyon. 

"Chazz" is burnt concentrates on a banger from taking a dab too hot or retorching without properly cleaning first. Every time Chazz is burned off a banger, it leads to the devitrification that will result in a banger being "Chazzed"

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/'CHiləm/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

Chillums are commonly referred to as one-hitters or onies. Chillums are straight tube pipes that usually lack a carb, and have a mouthpiece on one end and the bowl on the other. They are usually made from a piece of tubing that has a reduction to create the bowl shape and hole. As such, these are dead simple to clean out with a pipe cleaner, and also provide you with a direct rip on your bowl, a hit similar to smoking herbs rolled in paper. 

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/CHip wēv/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques  

Chipweave is a very awesome tech made popular by artists like Chris Carlson, 2-Stroke & Matt C!  It involves pulling color flat cane in a Marcel Press, and slicing the cane into square "chips".  The chips are laid out in a pattern and then rolled onto a hollow section.  This technique is difficult to master and time consuming in preparation and execution. It is one of our favorite heady stylings!

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Club Banger


/ˈkləb baNGər/  Origin: Quartz Banger - Form  

Arguable the biggest evolution of the Nail was designed by one of the top artists in the game, Quave. Quave created the Club Banger (AKA QCB), a domeless quartz nail in the form of a bucket hanging from the front of a bent neck. Since its introduction to the market, many brands and studios have started to create their own versions of the Club Banger, leading to more recent innovations, such as the Flat Top Banger and Beveled edges!

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/kōld wərk/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Some techniques are note done in the flame, but after the glass has cooled.  This group of techniques fall under the category of Cold-Working.  The most widely used cold-working technique is Sandblasting, which also is a preparation for Graal. Lapidary grinding wheels are used for Faceting, which allows artists to makes pieces look like gemstones, the sharp corners refracting light and even patterns and images!  There are also various glass carving techniques such as Drilling, which enable the artist to both engrave and sculpt glass with a rotary tool like a Dremil.  The most modern cold-working technique we've seen is laser engraving and cutting, which has been used for both functional and artistic purposes.

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/kəˈlab/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Collab is a slang term used in the heady glass community to describe a collaboration between two or more artists on a single piece of glass art. Many collectors covet collaborative pieces between artists over solo work simply because collab pieces can display a beautiful blend of each artists individual style. 

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Color Fade


/ˈkələr fād/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

The term color fade refers to a gradient of colors seemlessly transitioning between each other, as if the colors are "fading" together.  This process can involve color mixing, varying wall thicknesses, and other advanced techniques.  Two of our favorite artists doing this technique are Snic Barnes & Purdy!

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Color Glass


/ˈkələr glas/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Colored glass is produced by adding metal oxides into molten glass. Adding the metal oxides at this stage causes the color to spread throughout, creating colored glass that can be pulled into rods and then worked into pieces. The borosilicate glass color palette has grown exponentially over the last decade, allowing artists to work colors and create pieces of art that years ago wouldn't have been possible. With more and more borosilicate glass producers popping up in the market, new colors are coming out faster than ever before. One of the most common uses for colored glass rods is pulling a "vacstack", which allows the artist to work a single tube with multiple colors into intricate linework patterns.

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/kōn/    Origin: Rolling Papers - Form

Cones are empty pre-rolled papers with tips. The pre-shaped cones allow for easy filling while maintaining a perfect cone shape.

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Cone Filler


/kōn ˈstə-fər/   Origin: Cones - Packing Device

Cone stuffers allow the user to fill a cone, or multiple cones efficiently, with less spillage. Many cone stuffers use a shaking motion in order to pack cones efficiently and evenly. 

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Cotton Swabs


/kätn swäb/     Origin: Quartz Banger - Cleaning

Most people are familiar with cotton swabs for cleaning keyboards, small crevices, or even their ears, but if you are new to dabbing you may be thinking "What in the heck are people using cotton swabs for?" 

Cotton swabs are used to wipe out the excess concentrate that is left over in the quartz banger after low-temperature dabs. The purpose of wiping the excess concentrate out is to avoid burning it off with the torch when heating the banger for your next dab. This process will keep the banger clean, which in turn enables the user to get optimal flavor from their concentrates while prolonging the overall life of the banger. Due to the popularity of this cleaning technique, brands like Glob Mops and Pro Swabs have created brands around cotton swabs that are ideal for cleaning quartz bangers!

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Crushed Opal


/krəSHt ōpəl/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Crushed opal refers to a type of tubing that is created with tiny pieces of synthetic opals integrated into the color. This tubing can be used to create pieces of glass art that reflect a wide spectrum of colors due to the opalescent refraction of light. Crushed opal tubing is typically created with darker colors, as the contrast helps the opal pop! To browse our selection of glass art featuring crushed opal click here!

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Dab Mat


/ˈdab mat/     Origin:  Accessories

Scuffing on the bottom your glass pieces will naturally build over time when keeping your pipes on hard surfaces. Dab Mats help prevent this scuffing by providing a soft surface for your glass to rest on while preventing the piece from sliding or twisting on the table. Choosing a Dab Mat is a great opportunity to add some art to your sesh table with a mat from companies like Moodmats!

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Dab Pens


/'dab pen/     Origin: Vaporizers - Concentrates 

The term dab pen commonly refers to a "pen" shaped device that can be used with cartridges. Many dab pens also come with a proprietary chamber that enables the user to pack concentrates directly into the device. The most popular dab pen on the market is the Puffco Plus.

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Dab Rig


/'dab rig/     Origin: Waterpipe - Form

When it comes to Dabbing, most enthusiasts prefer a Dab Rig, which is essentially a bubbler paired with a Quartz Banger. Dab Rigs usually have different diffusion setups than normal bubblers, and are usually quite small, as when you vaporize a dab, it does not need much filtration. 

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Dab Vaporizers


/'dab ˈvāpərīzər/     Origin: Vaporizers - Concentrates 

In today's day and age, there are multiple styles of vaporizers that are designed for different purposes and function in different ways. One of the most prevalent types of vaporizer is the Dab Vaporizer, which are specifically designed to work with concentrates or "dabs". Most Dab Vaporizers utilize an Atomizer with a Ceramic or Quartz chamber that the user loads the concentrate directly into. Dab Vaporizers typically utilize a conduction process in order to vaporize the concentrate without combustion. Read more about Vaporizers and how they work in our Introduction To Vaporizers! 

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Dabber Tool


/ˈdabər to͞ol/     Origin: Dabbing - Tools 

Dabber tools are often referred to as "dabbers". These tools are used to pick or scoop a dab of concentrates from your stash and into the banger, atomizer or bowl. Dabber tools come in many shapes, sizes and are even made from various materials. Dabber tools are typically made from glass, titanium, or stainless steel. 

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/ˈdabiNG/     Origin: Methods Of Consumption 

Dabbing is the hottest thing to hit our industry since the turn of the millennium. An ancient method of vaporizing concentrates, dabbing has been modernized and implemented into smoke-ware over the past twenty years! But what is dabbing? 

Dabbing is essentially the process of taking a dab of concentrate and vaporizing it off of a nail. There is many ways to dab but the most popular is with the help of a Dab Rig or Smart Rig. If you're new to dabbing, the process and all the moving parts may seem overwhelming, but don't worry, we have all the answers in our Introduction to Dabbing Guide!

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Plug-In Vaporizer


/ˈdeskˌtäp/     Origin: Vaporizers 

Vaporizers that are designed to be used at home and rely on an AC power source are commonly referred to as Desktop Vaporizers or Plug-In Vaporizers. These vaporizers are more powerful than portable vaporizers and don't require the user to deal with charging. 

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/ˈdeskˌtäp/     Origin: Vaporizers 

Vaporizers that are designed to be used at home and rely on an AC power source are commonly referred to as Desktop Vaporizers or Plug-In Vaporizers. These vaporizers are more powerful than portable vaporizers and don't require the user to deal with charging. 

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/ˈd(y)o͞owər, joynt/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Joints

A Dewar Joint is essentially a glass joint that is recessed into the chamber of the piece. Recessed joints give pieces a sleeker, more streamlined look as the joint doesn't protrude from the pipe. Typically recessed joints equate to Fixed Perc.

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/'dīˈkrō/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

When it comes to glass art, the term "dichro" refers to glass that has a layer of small shiny flakes of metal in almost a glitter like form. Dichroic glass is produced in the form of sheets that can be etched with intricate designs making the dichro display beautiful and complex patterns. Dichroic glass has unique properties that allow the glass to appear as multicolored depending on lighting, angles and shadows. 

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Directional Cap


/'diˈrekSH(ə)n(ə)l kap/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

Carb caps come in all shapes, sizes and designs. One of the most popular carb cap designs is the Directional cap. These caps typically have an angled "noodle" that sits inside the cup of the quartz banger directing the airflow. This allows the user to spin the cap and manipulate the position of the dab. Spinning the cap and spreading the concentrate across the inner surface area of the quartz allows the user to more efficiently vaporize the dab at lower temperatures. 

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Disc Flip


/disk flip/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

One of the final steps of making a Fillacello, Retticello, or other drawn on glass technique is the Disc Flip.  Drawing glass on the back of a clear disc allows the discs optics to create a clear image.  After the drawing is complete, the disc's face is cut off and flipped to be attached from the opposite side.  For artists like WJC, Punty, Adam Reetz & Freeek, disc flips are used regularly to execute their gorgeous techniques!

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Domeless Nail


/dōmles nāl/      Origin: Dab Rigs - Accessories 

Domeless nails are an innovation on the first concentrate nails, and are designed to be used without the use of a dome. Domeless nails typically have a top dish with airflow holes that allows for the vapor to easily be inhaled through the dab rig. These nails are typically created from titanium, quartz or even ceramic and are paired with a carb cap to allow for low temperature dabbing. 



Double Layer


/double layer/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Double layer is a linework technique where a Fade-To-Clear section is sleeved over another section via vac-sleeving or Puff-and-Stuff technique.  By overlaying different linework techniques with this method, amazing visual effects can be pulled off!

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Drop Downs


/dräp doun/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Compatibility

Drop down adapters are attachments used to drop the joint down and away from the pipe, typically used with an e-nail to keep heat away from your pipe. 

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Dry Catcher


/drī kaCHər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Attachments

Dry catchers are separate chamber attachments with no diffusion that keep ash out of your main chamber or pipe. As a result to having no additional diffusion, dry catchers add little to no drag to the pipe they are used on.

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Dry Pipes


/drī pīp/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Function 

Dry Pipe is an industry term for hand pipes made from various materials, the "dry" means that they don't have water function. Usually just called pipes, dry pipes are an efficient delivery system for smoking herbs, especially when you are on the go or trying to keep a small smoking kit! Read more about Dry Pipes and the different materials used in their creation in our Introduction To Pipes Guide!

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Dual-Purpose Vaporizers


/ˈd(y)o͞oəl ˈpərpəs ˈvāpəˌrīzər/    Origin: Vaporizers

Dual-purpose vaporizers are devices that are designed to efficiently vaporize either herb or concentrates. The most popular dual-purpose vaporizers on the market are the Storz & Bickel Volcano, and the Focus V Carta. 

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/dəɡˌout/    Origin: Pipes - Cases

Dugouts are small carrying cases that hold a one-hitter and have a spot for your ground stash. Many dugouts feature a spot for a poker on the bottom, making the dugout an all-in-one carrying case. 

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/əˈlektrik nāl/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories 

An electric nail is commonly referred to as an e-nail. An e-nail is a concentrate nail that is hooked up to a coiled heating element with the heat being controlled by a box with a built-in temperature reader. When using an e-nail it is highly recommended to use the nail with an adapter to keep the residual heat away from your glass. 

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/əˈlektrōfôrm/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Electroforming is a process that creates pieces of glass art with a metal coating, sometimes with a beautiful intricate design, or even just for texture or stability.  Essentially, both the metal and the glass are dipped into a chemical bath where an electrical current is pushed through, causing the metal dissolve into the solution and then reform around the glass. 

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Opal Encasement


/enˈkās/  Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Encasing is a technique used in glass art to completely enclose opals, fuming or millies into a piece of glass. Encasing is most commonly used by artists when working with opals and millies, in order to attach them to bigger pieces of glass art. To browse our selection of glass art featuring opal encasements, click here! Or if you'd like to browse our selection of glass art featuring millie encasements, click here!

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/Inkä(l)mo/  Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Encalmos are a very old technique in glass art that was pioneered by the Venetian glassblowers of Italy long ago. Encalmo pieces are typically worked with sections of multiple colors stacked on top of one another to create straight lines and beautiful color contrast. 

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/ˈfasəting/  Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

One of the most popular forms of coldwork, faceting, is the process of grinding down the glass to create new edges and surfaces that are capable of refracting light or even images. Faceting is accomplished by using a lapidary grinding wheel to carefully grind down the glass, exposing new surfaces. Many artists use this tech on the face of a marble with a millie or opal inside creating a beautiful refraction of the image from different angles. 

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Fade To Clear


/fād to͞o klir/  Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Fade to clear technique produces sections of colored linework that fade into clear tubing creating viewing windows to the inside of a vessel. The fade to clear technique creates contrast between the colored lines and clear glass making the colored linework appear to be floating.  Fade-to-Clear sections can be sleeved or puff-and-stuffed into eachother to create multi-layer techniques, such as Staircases and Bi-Polar!

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Female Joint


/ˈfēˌmāl joint/  Origin: Glass Pipes - Joints

Female joints are most commonly used as the joints on tubes, beakers and bubblers in order to accept the male joint of a downstem, quartz banger, slide, ash catcher, dry catcher, or adapter. Female joints have wide openings and taper out as you move towards the top of the joint. Once male jointed quartz bangers became the industry standard around 2015, most glass blowers started to incorporate female joints on their dab rigs to keep up with the changing times. Nowadays, female joints on dab rigs have become the industry standard. 

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/ˈfiləCHelō/ Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

A Fillacello is similar to a reticello except the spaces in between the lines have been filled in with color. In a reticello, the colored lines are twisted opposite directions and then layered over one another to create an almost net-like pattern. The net-like pattern creates negative or "blank" space in between the lines which are then filled in with color to create the Fillacello. 

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Fixed Perc


/fikst ˈpərkə/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Percolators

Fixed percolators are integrated into the design of the pipe and are not removable. In an effort to decrease the amount of moving parts and increase the overall sturdiness of pipes, many glass blowers have integrated fixed percolators into their designs. 

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Flat Top Banger


/flat täp ˈbaNGər/    Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

In the early days of Bangers, the industry standard was bangers with angled tops. Nowadays however, the most prevalent banger design on the market is the Flat Top Banger. Flat top bangers effectively increase the amount of surface area inside the cup with the addition of higher walls. Many enthusiasts prefer flat tops over other styles because it enables them to use Bubble Caps and Spinner Caps with ease! A more recent iteration on the flat top banger is a beveled inside edge on the cup, which allows bubble caps and marbles to sit lower in the cup with an overall nicer seal!

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/frit/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Frit is broken down pieces of glass that are crushed into almost a powder like substance, to be used in bigger pieces of glass art. To apply the frit, the glassblower may simply roll a section of hot glass through the powder. Many glassblowers use frit as a way to create a beautiful speckled look or even a sandy-like texture!

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/fyo͞om/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Fuming is a special technique in the glass world and was pioneered by the legendary pipe artist Bob Snodgrass. Fuming is the process of torching tiny bits of silver, gold, or even platinum onto the glass, which creates beautiful colors that vary based on the metal used. Many enthusiasts enjoy fumed pipes because as you smoke out of a fumed pipe and the resin builds, the colors  begin to change. 

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/fyo͞omiCHelō/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

A fumicello is essentially a reticello created out of fumed lines. The fumed lines are twisted opposite directions and then layered over on another to create an almost net-like pattern. To browse our selection of glass featuring a fumicello, click here!

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/'gan·dalf/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

Gandalf pipes are comprised of a hammer or sherlock chamber attached to long mouthpieces, in some cases, very long! Constricting smoke down a long narrow mouthpiece creates a second stage of cooling, all while preserving flavor and potency. As such, some argue that Gandalf's are the best dry pipes. 

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/ˈɡlas blōiNG/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Glassblowing is the artisan craft of making things from glass. It is considered to be an encompassing term with many techniques falling under its umbrella. One of the most common forms of glassblowing is lampworking.  Lampworking is a form of glassblowing where the artist melts, blows, fuses and manipulates the glass in front of a torch! 

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Glass Blunt


/ɡlas blənt/    Origin: Pipe - Form - Dry 

Glass blunts are hollow glass tubes that are shaped like blunts. These pipes typically utilize either a spiraling or pushing mechanism allowing the user to fill the hollow tube with herb and "spiral" or "push" the ashes out as they smoke. The most popular glass blunt on the market utilizes a spiral mechanism and is produced by 7 Pipe

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Glass Cleaner


/ɡlas ˈklēnər/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Cleaning

No matter how sophisticated a pipe you use, it will always be most enjoyable and efficient when it is clean! Glass cleaners are created for the specific purpose of cleaning the hard resins and sticky reclaim out of glass pipes. There are many types of glass cleaners available in the market today, however Shake Cleaners and Soak Cleaners are the most popular for differing reasons. 

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Glass Tip


/ɡlas tips/    Origin: Rolling Papers - Accessories 

Glass tips are rolling tips that are made from glass and can either be rolled into the end of the joint or the joint may be tucked inside the tip itself. Just like paper tips, these tips help filter out any particulate, however, glass tips are capable of producing an overall cleaner flavor. The most popular glass tips on the market are the Phuncky Feel tips.

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/ɡläbs/    Origin: Dabbing - Slang Terms

A "glob" is a larger than average dab of concentrates. Just like with any form of consumption, many enthusiasts look for ways to take their hit to the next level, and a "glob" does just that! 

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Gravity Pipe


/ˈɡravədē pīp/    Origin: Pipe - Form - Function

Gravity pipes are water pipes that utilize gravity and the displacement of water to draw the chamber full of smoke or vapor. The most popular gravity pipe company is Stündenglass.

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Ground Glass Joint


/ground glas joint    Origin: Glass Pipes - Joints

Ground Glass Joints have been used in glass labware for decades, and were popularized in functional pipes by  Today they are the standard for all modern bubblers, tubes and dab rigs!  Ground glass joints have a nearly airtight fi and use no rubber, which makes them easy to use and clean.  It is important to keep ground joints dry, as water can cause them to lock together and stick. Some heady glass artists form their own glass joints, and some even hand-grind them!

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/ɡriding    Origin: Glass Pipes - Percolators 

Gridding is a term commonly used to describe percolators with multiple slits that have been divided into small holes by placing a glass stringer across the opening. Gridded percolators increase the overall amount of function, as the techniques takes slits and creates multiple holes, multiplying the points of smoke diffusion. 

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/ˈɡrīndər    Origin: Smoking - Accessories

Grinders are used to break down herb by grinding and fluffing it through a series of teeth within the chamber. The purpose of grinders is to easily break down herb for rolling or smoking in a pipe. Grinding the herb up exposes more surface area and allows for the entire bowl to be ignited easily. Grinders are categorized by the number of components or "pieces" it contains. If you'd like to collect the pollen from your herb in a separate chamber, stick with a 4 piece grinder. If you're looking to have your pollen integrated with your herb, stick with a 2 or even 3 piece grinder. 

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/'hamər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dry

Hammers are reticent of traditional tobacco pipes, as they have a large can that works as a dump chamber below the bowl. Hammer pipes usually have the neck attached to the middle of the can and the pipe itself rests on the mouthpiece.

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/hand spən/     Origin: Glass Art - Heady - Techniques

The term "hand spun" refers to artists that spin their work by hand instead of using a lathe or machine. Hand spinning glass in the flame adds another layer of difficulty to creating beautifully shaped glass art. When using a lathe or machine, the glass is perfectly spun in the flame preventing sagging or uneven curves, however when spinning by hand, the artist must keep a constant rotation and speed in order to prevent these problems.

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Hand Formed Joint


/hand fôrmed joint/     Origin: Glass Art - Joints

Most ground glass joints are made by suppliers and purchased by artists to use on pipes.  As such, color selection is pretty limited.  That said, artists form their own joints using graphite tools, opposing joints with honeywax, and just through skillful forming and shaping!  This allows joints to be made in the same color as the rest of the piece, not to mention sculpted into different forms to more cohesively match a piece.  If the artist grinds his hand formed joint, then it becomes a Hand-Ground Joint!

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Hand Ground Joint


/hand ground joint/   Origin: Glass Pipes - Joints

While hand-formed joints are great, we have seen plenty of pieces where slides or bangers did not seat properly due to misshaping in the joint.  Also since the joint is flame polished, it is easier for accessories to stick.  This is why a handful of artists take the time to cold-grind a hand-formed joint. Grinding a joint is time and work intensive, so you will usually only see it on high end pieces!

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/hand pīp/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dry

Handpipe is a general term that refers to small dry pipes that are comfortably held in one hand during use. The most common type of handpipe is the spoon.

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Hard Cases


/härd kās/     Origin: Hard Cases & Storage 

Hard cases, also known as protective cases, are used to keep your glass safe. Hard cases are typically made from plastic and usually have pull and pluck foam inside, making it simple to customize the case and keep your glass snug and safe. 

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/ˈhedē/     Origin: Glass Art - Headpiece - Slang Terms

The term Heady coins its name from Headpieces, which were elaborate pipes that smokeshop owners of yesteryear would commission artists to create. The original concept behind a Heady was to be a glorified loss leader. Customers jaws would drop at these multi-hundred dollar pipes that were used to attract customers attention to the more affordable glass pipes in the shop.

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/ˈhelTHstōn/     Origin: Dabbing - Accessories 

The process of concentrate consumption can be a bit much for enthusiasts that are just trying to take a quick rip! Enter Healthstone, a company dedicated to an alternative concentrate consumption method with a focus on simplification! But how does a Healthstone work?

A Healthstone is a porous stone that sits inside a specifically shaped glass pipe or slide. It is designed to allow for the concentrate to melt into its pores and efficiently vaporize with minimal heat via a triple flame pocket torch! To use a Healthstone, the user simply packs a dab of concentrates on top of the porous stone, and then uses a small hand torch to carefully torch the concentrate into the stone, as it begins to vaporize. In order to efficiently vaporize the concentrates into the stone without excessive heat, it is recommended that the user hold the torch flame approximately 1.5-3 inches above the stone! 

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/ˈhēdər/     Origin: Glass Art - Slang Terms

Heater is a term commonly used amongst glass collectors to describe a piece of glass art that is of the highest end in both looks and function. The term "heater" is a play on words meaning that the piece is so "fire" or beautiful, that it could act as an actual heater and warm the user up.

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Herb Iron


/(h)ərb ī(ə)rn/     Origin: Herb Iron - Flameless Lighters

Herb Irons are flameless lighters for your herbs, utilizing a ceramic heating element that heats up with the press of a button. Once hot, the ceramic heating element is placed over the bowl, allowing the user to light their herb without the use of a flame or gas. 

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Herbal Vaporizer


/ˈ(h)ərbəl ˈvāpərīzər/     Origin: Vaporizers - Dry Herb

In today's day and age, there are many types of vaporizers made for different purposes and methods of consumption. Herbal vaporizers are vaporizers designed to be used with dry herbs and have been a big part of our scene for decades! While starting from humble beginnings, they have become a major industry in their own right, with many options available from numerous manufacturers. Read more about Vaporizers and how they work in our Introduction to Vaporizers Guide!

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Hemp Papers


/hemp pāpər/     Origin: Rolling Papers - Materials

There are a variety of different materials rolling papers are made from because each smoker will have a different preference. One of the most prevalent materials we see rolling papers made from is Hemp. Hemp papers typically burn a bit cleaner than other materials, leaving little to no flavor from the paper. Many enthusiasts however, will tell you that hemp papers have a unique harshness about them, that to some smokers may be too much. For smokers that want a smoother hit from their papers, we suggest trying papers made from Rice! Because Hemp and Rice have competing characteristics, companies like RAW have created papers that are a blend of plant fibers giving these papers a slow burn and a smooth smoke, as seen with their RAW Classic Papers.

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Joel Halen Honey Holes


/ˈˈhənē hōl/     Origin: Dabbing - Quartz Nails

The Honey Hole by Joel Halen was one of the first domeless quartz attachments for dabbing that really took off! These nails have a vertical design where the cup has a reservoir around the airflow hole that sits directly above the neck of the nail. The Honey Hole is most known for its high walls that are ideal for large dabs as it effectively increases the surface area of the quartz cup.  

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/ˈhənēˌkōm/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

One of the most prevalent glass art patterns in our industry is the honeycomb! There are many different techniques that can be used to achieve a honeycomb aesthetic, with the most common techniques being an implosion and pulling millies! The implosion technique is done by essentially imploding dots into sections of color in geometric patterns, creating a honeycomb like effect! The technique for millies is a little different as the large and low resolution millie image is put together and then pulled down, refining the image and creating a high resolution version!

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Hot Hit Slide


/hät hit slīd/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Slides - Function

Hot-hit slides differ from traditional slides in that they have multiple holes on the side walls of the deep bowl rather than a single hole at the bottom. These slides are designed for concentrate to be packed into the bottom of the deep bowl and smashed or pushed around with either a hot glass wand, or an Herb-Iron. The holes placement on the side walls creates a solid glass bottom for the concentrate to melt and pool up as it is being manipulated, without falling or melting through into the pipe or diffuser. 

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Ice Pinch


/īs pin(t)SH/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Function

Ice pinches are indentations or pinches in the neck of a tube or beaker that allow the user to fill the neck of their tube with ice. These pinches create a blockade above the bottom chamber, so the smoke must travel through the ice before hitting the users mouth and lungs. Another common usage for the term "ice pinch" is to describe slides with pinches or indentations in the bottom of the bowl. Slides with "ice pinches" have more airflow than the traditional one-hole slides making them ideal for pieces with restriction or for an airier hit.

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/ˈinsīk(ə)ler/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Recyclers

An incycler is a form of recycler with a water return chamber within the main chamber. Typically, the inner chamber will have one or two angled holes for the intake of the water. The angle on the holes causes the water to whirpool inside the inner chamber as it drains back into the main chamber. Nowadays, many studios produce their own version of an incycler, with arguably the most popular being the Torus by Mothership

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/ˈinˌlīn/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form 

An "inline" percolator is essentially a horizontal hollow tube with either slits or holes as the point of diffusion. The smoke is fed into the horizontal tube and forced through the water in order to rapidly cool. Inline percolators have become less prevalent in the market in recent years, however some scientific companies produce tubes and bubblers utilizing inline percolators with a modern twist!

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/ˈjamər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dab Rigs

The term "jammer" is commonly used to describe small dab rigs that have a sleek, straight forward design with an overall shape that is reminiscent of a beaker bottom. 

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Keck Clip


/kek klip/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Accessories

Keck clips are plastic clips that are typically used to secure downstems inside the joint of a tube so the stem does not come out with the slide when one goes to clear the pipe. In some cases, a keck clip can be used to secure other moving parts of the piece, such as a removable mouthpiece. 

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King Size


/kiNG sīz/     Origin: Rolling Papers - Sizes

There are a variety of different size options for rolling papers as each person will have a different preference for the length and width of their paper. The King Size paper is 110mm x  54mm making it the same length as a King Slim but about 10mm wider. Many enthusiasts that like smoking fatter joints prefer the King Size as it holds a little more herb. However, for those smokers out there that just need a joint the size of a mini baseball bat, we recommend checking out the Supernatural 12" Cones by Raw!

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King Slim


/kiNG slim/     Origin: Rolling Papers - Sizes

There are a variety of different size options for rolling papers as each person will have a different preference for the length and width of their paper. The King Slim is about 110mm x 44mm making this size the standard for long papers while still being less wide than the King Size. King Slim papers are ideal for smokers that want to puff a joint that will last longer than the smaller paper options but don't want their joint to be too wide. 

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/klīn/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Recyclers 

The klein bottle was created by Felix Klein in the late 1800s and has been adapted by modern day glass blowers and integrated into many popular pipe designs that we see today. In the glass community, the term klein refers to the type of weld or seal that is required to make the klein bottle. Many glassblowers use a klein seal when creating recyclers, as a sleek way to integrate the drain through the main chamber. The klein recycler design has become an industry staple, originally made popular by legendary glass artist Quave. Nowadays, there are many glassblowers and studios producing their own versions of the klein recycler. 

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/lamp wərkiNG/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Lampworking is a form of glass blowing where the artist melts, blows, fuses, and manipulates the glass in front of a torch. Lampworking is by far the most popular technique used in pipe making. Pipe making is the artisan craft of glassblowing and lampworking Borosilicate Glass into pipes! Read more about Lampworking and the beautiful works of art created using these techniques in our Introduction To Heady Glass Guide!

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/lāT͟H/     Origin: Glass - Techniques

A lathe is a tool used by most scientific glass studios to evenly spin tubes in the flame at constant speeds. This tool allows the glassblower to add sharpened edges, clean welds, near perfect marias, or thick flat bases to any tube or pipe. 

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/ladəˈCHinō/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

The term Latticino refers to glass art that is created using colored glass cane. The "cane" is often worked in a way that displays the opposing sides in a twisted formation. Latticino is one of the oldest techniques in glassblowing and dates back to the early Murano glass artists of Italy! 

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/līn wərk/     Origin: Glass Art - Heady - Techniques

The most defining aesthetic of Heady Glass Art has always been Linework! Linework is an inclusive term that is used to refer to glass techniques that produce striped sections of color.  There are various techniques used to create linework sections, such as Striping, Sleeving & Vac-Stacking! Each technique produces different results, but Vacstacks are the most popular as each line of color is consistant and round, making the linework created from it very 3d and eye-popping!  

Linework sections may be manipulated into countless designs including Wig-Wags, SwirlsReversals, Windows, Rewigs, Staircases, and more! These linework designs are some of the most iconic techniques used in glass pipe art to date.  Pipemaking legends like Jason Lee, Eusheen, Cowboy, Natey Love and Jake C have become so well known for their linework that collectors can identify their patterns from a mile away!  

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Lip Wraps


/lip rap/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

The lip wrap technique is typically executed by carefully laying a contrasting color around the lip or edge of a  mouthpiece or foot, creating a wrapped lip effect. Many studios, like Toro Glass have become known for their eye-catching lip wraps and coordinated color combos that make the piece really pop!

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Male Joint


/māl joint/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Joint Fittings

Male joints are the most common type of joint used on Glass Slides and Quartz Bangers. Male joints are tapered as you go towards the bottom, and sit inside female joints. Back in the early days of dabbing, from about 2010 till around 2014, male joints were commonly used on dab rigs with titanium nails and a concentrate domes. Nowadays, it is rare to see male joints on dab rigs, and as such, many male jointed dab rigs are discounted. Click here if you'd like to shop our selection of Male Jointed Dab Rigs For 40% Off!

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/'märbəl/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Collectibles

Marbles are spherical pieces of glass art, much like the marbles many of us played with as kids. In the glass art world, many artists use marbles as an opportunity to show off different styles and techniques on a collectible and non-functional canvas. In recent years, with the introduction of the Terp Slurper and other high performance bangers, we have seen marbles become even more prevalent in the market, and many artists have started making tiny marbles as carb caps and Terp Pearls for these bangers.

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/'märeuh/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

The term Maria refers to solid glass rings typically added to the outside of tubing. These dense glass rings are commonly integrated into the designs of tubes, bubblers, pipes, carb caps and even slides for both decorative and functional reasons. On slides, Marias are commonly added below the bowl as a natural handle that's dense build is more resilient to heating up even after torching the bowl. 

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Metal Pipe


/'ˈmedl pīp/     Origin: Pipe - Materials 

Arguably the strongest material that pipes are commonly made from is Metal. Metal Pipes are almost indestructible, can usually be taken apart for cleaning, and are typically attached with threading allowing the user to easily replace or upgrade specific parts. Read more about Pipes and the different materials they are made from in our Introduction to Pipes Guide!

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/'mib/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Collectibles

MIB stands for Marble I'd Buy and typically refers to higher end glass marbles with more intricate designs, more advanced techniques or even collaborative efforts between two or more artists. 

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/'milē/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Collectibles

In the pipe scene, Millie is short term that encompasses all forms of cane imagery used in pipe art.  It encompasses both Millifiori and Murrine, two ancient Italian techniques. Both result in image slices that are incorporated in marbles, on hollow sections, and as part of advanced techniques. 

Artists create, cut, slice, polish and trade Millies amongst each-other to use in work. Arik Krunk, godfather of the Chaos technique, is also known as the Millie Librarian, using rare extinct milliefiori and murrine in his work.

Millie Cane and slices are also sought-out and coveted by glass heads. They come in various sizes and qualities. The large ends of the Millie pulls are sliced and produce a handful of larger Coins, which are are favorite type of Millie to collect! 

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/'milē fee ory/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Millifiori is an old Italian technique that translates to Millions of Flowers.  it involves creating basic patterns in solid form, and pulling the patterns down into a cane.  The cane is then cut into multiple pieces, the pieces are combined and it is pulled down again.  This process can be infinitely repeated to create insanely intricate clusters and bursts.  Millifiori is used both as flourishes as well as components of others techniques.  

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Mini Tube


/minē t(y)o͞ob/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

Mini tubes are one of the most popular pipe shapes in the industry. Mini tubes is an encompassing term that includes any miniaturized version of scientific beakers, inlines, bubblers and even unique forms and shapes. 

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/mo͞od mats/     Origin: Moodmats - Glass Coasters

Moodmats are made from recycled rubbers and are used as a soft coaster for your glass to rest on, preventing the bottom from scuffing or scratching. The company Moodmats collaborates with all of the hottest glass artists and studios in the industry to produce limited designs and special edition drops. Due to the rarity of certain designs from Moodmats, some of these dab mats have become quite popular and can even gain value as they sell out in stores.

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Multi Hole Slide


/ˈməltē hōl slīd/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Accessories

Multi-hole slides differ from the traditional one-hole slides in that they have multiple holes in the bottom of the bowl. There is many techniques used to create a multi-hole slide, but the most common is a three or four hole design. Multi-hole slides are commonly seen on scientific tubes from the industries top brands, and are ideal for pieces with restricted air flow as it can increase the overall function of the piece.

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/mur reen iy/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Murrine is another old Italian technique, and it is what most people think of when they hear Millie.  Murrine is the technique of making solid sculpted components of an image and combining them together like a puzzle.  The image is then pulled down from the front and back into a cane that can be cut to create multiple slices of the image.  This technique is used by pipemakers to reproduce illustrations, logos, cartoon characters, video game sprites and more imagery with astonishing detail, accuracy and resolution!  Murrine has been created by hundred of artists over the years, and some of the most niche characters and objects can decorate a pipe these days!  

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Titanium Nail


/nāl/    Origin: Bangers & Nails

Nails are used to dab concentrates. The first generation of nails were glass and eventually titanium. Nowadays, people commonly use the term "nail" to refer to both the classic style of nail, as well as, a quartz banger. 

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Nectar Collector


/ˈnektər kəˈlektər/    Origin: Dabbing - Glass Pipe - Form

Nectar collectors are a form of dab rig that integrates the mouthpiece, the chamber, and the heatable element into one vertical "straw-like" design. With a nectar collector, the heatable element is typically a hollow tube at the bottom of the chamber that allows the user to place the heated element directly into their stash jar. The hollow tube vaporizes the concentrate as the heated element is pushed across the surface of the jar and through the concentrate. 

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/'ōpəl    Origin: Glass - Techniques - Attachments

Opal is a shiny mineral that displays a beautiful array of colors in the light. In the glass industry, artists and studios use synthetic opals due tot he differing properties between borosilicate glass and real opal. Opals used in glass can be in many forms, shapes, sizes and colors! Check out examples of glass with encased opals here!

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Padded Pipe Bag


/ˈpadəd pīp baɡ/     Origin: Padded Pipe Bags

Padded pipe bags are typically used for tubes or beakers that are larger in size. These bags usually are soft fabric with a zipper opening along the side of the bag. The inside of a padded pipe bag is made from rigid but soft foam to keep your pipe safe. 

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Puffco Peak Top


/ˈpēk täp/     Origin: Dabbing - Smart Rig - Puffco Peak 

Peak top is a term used to refer to the glass attachments for the Puffco Peak smart rig. Due to the glass tops simplified connection to the base of the device, the stock glass attachment that comes with the device can be easily swapped or replaced. Many studios and artists create peak tops in various shapes and designs, with varying percolator styles. 

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/'pərls/     Origin: Dabbing - Accessories 

Pearls, also known as Terp Pearls, are little beads made from a variety of materials for the inside of your quartz banger. Terp pearls increase heat retention and when spun, help spread the concentrate across the surface area of the quartz banger allowing for more efficient vaporization.

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/ˈpərkəˌlādər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Function

Percolators or percs, are used in water pipes for the purpose of making the rip smoother. Percolators work by forcing the smoke through water to rapidly cool. They can be many shapes, styles and designs and can be made using various techniques, however the most prevalent percolators on the market are Tree Arms, Showerheads, and Inline Percs.

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/ˈpendənt/     Origin: Glass Art - Accessories - Wearable

Glass pendants, also known as "pendys", are pieces of jewelry that can be hung from a chain and worn around the neck! Due to the nature of heady glass pendants being nonfunctional, they naturally have a wider audience than heady glass pipes. Many enthusiasts collect glass pendants as they provide a unique opportunity to rock a piece of heady glass art that everyone can enjoy and is sure to spark conversation everywhere they go!   

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/pēs/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Slang Term

Piece is a term that is commonly used to refer to pipes, rigs, water pipes, or even a piece of non-functional glass art.

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Pig Snout


/'pig snout/  Origin: Glass Pipes - Slang Term

The term "pig snout" is used to describe a type of diffuser that has either two holes placed right next to each other, or a single large hole that is split into two with a string of glass. Pig snout percolators get their name from their appearance, as when you look at them straight-on, the holes resemble a pigs snout.

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Pollen Catch


/'pälən kaCH/     Origin: Grinders - 4-Piece

Pollen catches are separate chambers that are in the bottom of 4-piece grinders for the purpose of catching the pollen that is knocked off of your herb during the grinding process. 

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Portable Vaporizer


/'pôrdəb(ə)l ˈvāpəˌrīzər/     Origin: Vaporizing - Devices

Portable Vaporizers are designed to be used on the go and are typically a lot smaller and more discrete than Desktop or Plug-in Vaporizers. Portable Vaporizers have lower power output, but lower power isn't a drawback for everyone, as it allows you to control your intake by allowing you to take multiple hits instead of one large draw! Read more about vaporizers and how they work in our Introduction To Vaporizers Guide!

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Protective Case


/'prəˈtektiv kās/     Origin: Glass Art - Storage - Cases


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Push Bubbler


/po͝oSH ˈbəb(ə)lər//   Origin: Glass Pipes - Bubblers

Push bubblers are commonly referred to as OG bubblers. Push bubblers typically have a bowl pushed into the top of the chamber, directly above the downstem, with a carb on the side and the neck attached to the back of the chamber. Push bubblers integrate the slide, or bowl, into the design of the bubbler for an all-in-one design. 

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/kwôrts/   Origin: Nails - Materials

Quartz is a material that is commonly used to create Bangers for dab rigs. Quartz Bangers are by far the most popular choice when it comes to Dabbing setups for multiple reasons. One good reason Quartz is used so widely is the materials capability to be heated and rapidly cooled repeatedly without breaking. Additionally, when maintained properly, Quartz Bangers can stay looking clear and brand new indefinitely, providing clean flavor and optimal vapor efficiency throughout its lifetime.

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 /rəˈklām ˈkaCHər/     Origin: Dab Rigs - Attachments

Reclaim catchers are chambers specifically for catching reclaim, also known as concentrate resin. Reclaim catchers are small chambers with a glass joint on either end, similar to an adapter. Using this extra chamber allows the user to collect the reclaim for future use while keeping their dab rig relatively cleaner. Some catchers even feature a removable bottom on the chamber for easier collection. 

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 /rēˈsīk(ə)ler/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Function - Form

Recyclers pack a lot of diffusion into a small package by taking a diffusion chamber ratio that over percs into a second chamber with a drain to keep the water flowing throughout the pipe. Recyclers come in many shapes and designs, but all recyclers move the water throughout the chambers during the hit providing the user with a unique rip.  

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/redēCHelō/     Origin: Glass Art  - Techniques 

The Reticello technique dates back to the beginnings of glass art and is still one of the most commonly used techniques! A Reticello is created from colored lines that are twisted opposite directions and then layered over one another to create an almost net-like pattern. 

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Removable Perc


 /rəˈmo͞ovəb(ə)l pərk/  Origin: Glass Pipes - Downstems 

The term removable perc is commonly used to refer to removable downstems in tubes, beakers and bubblers.  Removable percs are favored by many enthusiasts due to the fact they are easily removed and cleaned. 

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 /rəˈ verse sal/    Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

A reversal is a linework technique where the color order of the pattern is reversed, usually through an opposing twist. This form of linework is created through manipulating colored lines into a beautiful reversal design. Throughout the years, reversals have become one of the most recognizable designs in heady glass art and many artists have built their names based on the cleanliness and execution of their reversal patterns!

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Rice Rolling Papers


 /rīs pāpər/    Origin: Rolling Papers - Materials

Rolling papers are made from a variety of materials because each smoker will have a different preference. Rice papers are rolling papers made from rice that are known to have a smoother smoke then other materials. Although Rice papers provide a smooth smoke, they do tend to burn a little faster than Hemp papers. Because Rice and Hemp have competing characteristics, companies like RAW have created papers that are a blend of plant fibers giving these papers a slow burn and a smooth smoke, as seen with their RAW Classic Papers.

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Roach Clip


/rōCH klip/     Origin: Rolling Papers - Accessories

Roach clips are small clips that are attached to the mouth of your joint or doobie, creating a handle for easy passing. Roach clips also give the user the ability to inhale without putting their lips directly onto the joint. 

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Rolling Machines


/rōliNG məˈSHēn/  Origin: Rolling Papers - Accessories

Rolling machines are mechanical devices that assist in rolling with papers and wraps.  They all have a bit of a learning curve, but allow the user to make consistently shaped rollies at an efficient pace, once figured out.  Check out our selection of rolling machines right here!

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Rolling Papers


/rōliNG papers/     Origin: Rolling Papers 

Rolling Papers are one of the oldest staples of our industry. They provide a simple and affordable delivery method for smoking herbs, and come in a variety of materials and sizes! Sizes are traditionally measured in millimeters, with the most common sizes being Single Wide, Double Wide, 1 1/4, King Slim, and King Size. While papers made from Rice and Hemp seem to be the most prevalent, Flax Seed, Bamboo, Corn and plant cellulose are also all commonly used in the manufacturing of rolling papers! 

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Rolling Tips


/rōliNG tips/     Origin: Rolling Papers - Accessories

Rolling tips are paper, glass or even wooden tips that allow the user to smoke the entire doobie without burning their fingers or lips. Rolling tips help catch any particulate that may be inhaled or fall through to the users mouth. 

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Rolling Tray


/rōliNG trā    Origin: Rolling Papers - Accessories

Rolling trays are flat, smooth surfaces with high walls and rounded edges that help keep your herb from getting dusty or falling out. Rolling trays are essential for any smoker that likes to roll their herb up, as it will keep your sesh area clean by keeping your product inside the tray and not all over the table. 

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Round Bottom Bangers


/round bädəm baNGər/   Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

Round Bottom Bangers have a flat top with high walls and a rounded bottom, effectively removing any 90° angles from the inside of the cup. The rounded bottom forces the concentrate to pool into the center, where the heat is concentrated. Round bottom bangers naturally have sloped sides, which allow for the concentrate to more easily climb the walls and spread across the surface area of the cup.

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/ˈsan(d) blasting/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

Sandblasting is the process of blasting the glass with a tiny stream of sand at a high velocity to achieve a look commonly referred to as "frosted glass". Sandblasting can also be used to carve deep into the glass to leave behind intricate patterns. Many artists use sandblasting as a way to contrast colors or highlight certain aspects of a sculptural piece.  

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Scientific Glass


/ˌsīənˈtifik/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Styles

Scientific glass refers to the laboratory aesthetic that led to Beakers, Straight Tubes, Glass on Glass Joints, advanced diffusors and percolators. Scientific glass is typically designed with function in mind and many scientific 

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/skrēns/     Origin: Smoking - Pipes - Accessories 

Most enthusiasts would agree that getting tiny bits of particulate in your mouth while smoking out of a pipe is less than ideal. Screens are small pieces of metal or glass that sit in the bowl for the purpose of stopping any herb from falling through and getting sucked into the users mouth. Many enthusiasts also use metal screens as a way of smoking concentrate out of a pipe directly, without having to put the concentrate on top of a bowl full of herb. 

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Scultpural Work


/ˈskəlpCH(ə)rəl/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques

One of the hardest techniques to master is sculptural work. Sculptural work refers to pieces that are sculpted to resemble different recognizable items. Sculptural work requires a ton of prep and complicated assembly procedures, so you may see higher prices in this realm! Many artists have built careers around their sculpting skills and have become known for their specific shapes or aesthetic.

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Shake Cleaners


/SHāk klēnər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Cleaners - Shake 

Shake cleaners are cleaners that combine a cleaning solution with salt-like crystals allowing the user to quickly shake the pipe to scrub the inside clean. Shake cleaners are ideal for smokers that are looking to quickly clean pipes.

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/ˈSHərˌläk/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dry

The sherlock is the most iconic pipe form of the glass pipe scene, and also a favorite amongst enthusiasts. Somewhere between the chamber and the mouthpiece, a sherlock adds a sharp turn to the direction of the smoke. This turn helps cool the smoke, extract heavy particles, and gives the smoker a perfect birds eye view of their bowl from above.

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Showerhead Percolators


/ˈSHərˌläk/    Origin: Glass Pipes - Percolators 

A showerhead percolator is essentially a small bulb with multiple vertical slits around the tip. In most cases, showerhead percs are "gridded" meaning each vertical slit is separated into multiple tiny holes by small glass stringers being placed across the slits which creates a "gridded" look. 

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/ˈˈsīd kär/    Origin: Glass Pipe - Form - Techniques

Sidecar is a term used to describe the "sidecar" position of the mouthpiece on dry pipes and bubblers. Sidecar pipes are constructed to have the mouthpiece and neck attached to the side of the chamber, giving the user a better view of the bowl while acting as a natural splash guard. 

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Single Wide Papers


/ˈsiNGɡəl wīd/    Origin: Rolling Papers - Sizes

There are a variety of different size options when it comes to choosing a rolling paper. One of the most popular sizes is the single wide paper. At 75mm x 35mm, single wide papers are the smallest of the popular sizes of paper, making them perfect for a quick doob!

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/slīds/     Origin: Waterpipes - Accessories  

Slides are commonly referred to as bowl pieces, or simply bowls. Slides are typically made with 18mm, 14mm or a 10mm joint on the bottom, making them easy to replace, mix and match or even collect. Slides can come in many forms, with the most common styles being martini and push

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Slide Stands


/slīd stand/     Origin: Glass Art - Slides - Display  

Slide stands are stands for your bowl pieces, bangers, domes, skillets and slides. These stands are typically made from wood, glass or even 3D printed materials. Slide stands are a great way to display ones collection and make the process of "packing a bowl" a breeze. 

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/slərper/     Origin: Dabbing - Quartz Banger - Specialty

The slurper was invented by Toro Glass as a high-performance quartz banger with airflow allowing for a consistent rip. Slurpers have a unique shape, with a quartz dish at the bottom, which is attached to a narrow section of quartz tubing that feeds into the larger section of quartz tubing at the top of the cup. In order to use a slurper, the user loads the concentrates into the quartz dish at the bottom, and the concentrate is then sucked into the narrow chamber through a series of tiny angled holes. The tiny angled holes create a vortex that spins the dabs around the inside of the quartz walls maximizing the surface area the concentrate is exposed to. Slurpers are commonly used with Slurper Sets, or Terp Pearls in order to maximize the efficiency of the banger.

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Slurper Sets


/slərper sets/     Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

Slurper sets include all of the terp pearls or marbles needed to make your Terp Slurper function. Slurper sets typically include a small 5mm marble, a pill shaped pearl, an 8mm valve pearl, and a 20mm top marble to cover to the top of your slurper as the cap.  

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Smart Rigs


/smärt riɡ/     Origin: Vaporizer - Dab Vaporizers 

Smart rigs are battery-powered dab rigs that come with everything you need in one box. These rigs eliminate the need for a torch with their integrated heating elements that ensure proper dab temperatures every hit. The most popular smart rigs are the Puffco Peak, Puffco Peak Pro, and the Focus V Carta

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/snap/     Origin: Smoking - Slang Terms

A "snap" is a bowl of herb that is consumed within one breath. For most enthusiasts, a snap is a small-to-medium sized bowl of herb that can be easily roasted. However, some enthusiasts take their "snaps" to the next level by packing large-to-massive sized bowls, putting their glass and lungs to the test!

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Snorkel Carb


/ˈsnôrk(ə)l kärb/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

Snorkel carbs are a special type of carburetor used on push bubblers that allow the user to have a water filtered hit from start to finish. Snorkel carbs have long necks that are attached at the base of the smoking chamber, below the water level and come up to around the same height of the bowl. This design is favored by many because since the snorkel is attached below the water level, when you take your finger off the carb to clear the bubbler, the clearing hit is still water filtered. 

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Soak Cleaners


/sōk klēnər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Cleaner - Soak

Soak cleaners are ideal for people that want to clean their glass with less effort or without having to shake their glass. These cleaners are great for overnight soaking and are popular for smaller glass accessories, such as slides, down stems and carb caps. 

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Spinner Caps


/ˈspinər kap/     Origin: Dabbing - Accessories

Spinner caps are a form of carb cap that has manipulated air flow in order to create an air vortex within the quartz banger. This vortex spins the oil around the inside walls, exposing the concentrate to more surface area. Spinner caps are often used with Terp Pearls, as the vortex created by the spinner cap will spin the pearls around the inside walls maximizing the surface area the concentrate is exposed to.  

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Splash Guards


/splaSH ɡärd/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Scientific

Splash guards are typically added to tubes or beakers with a lot of diffusion or a smaller chamber, as a way of stopping any splash or mist from getting up into the users mouth. Splash guards are very common in pipes from scientific studios such as Sovereignty or Mobius.

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Spoon Pipes


/spo͞on/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dry 

Spoons are without a doubt the most common form of hand pipe. Spoons are typically shaped similar to an actual spoon with the bowl and carburetor on one end of the pipe and the mouthpiece on the other. 

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/ˈstēm rōlər/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form - Dry 

Steamrollers are usually made from larger bore tubing with a push bowl on the side. On one end you have a large mouthpiece, and on the other end, you have a large carb hole. These pipes chamber a lot of smoke as you inhale through them, and then instantly clear into your lungs when you release the carb. This is the equivalent of taking a rip out of a water pipe, without the water! While smaller steam rollers are not this extreme, anything 6" or larger is ready to take you for a wild ride! So if you are planning to invest in a steam roller, proceed with caution!

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Straight Shooter


/strāt ˈSHo͞odər/     Origin: Waterpipes -  Form

Not to be confused with Straight Tubes, the term Straight Shooter is a slang term used to refer to the style of tubes with no percolation, just a Downstem!  Straight shooters started being used by customers who don't want percolators, a preference that is built on a very old argument about added Drag. 

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Straight Tube


/strāt t(y)o͞ob/     Origin: Waterpipes -  Form

Straight tubes feature a simple design that integrates a solid base and a hollow tube for the chamber and mouthpiece. These tubes may feature a removable downstem but many artists and studios produce straight tubes with more elaborate percolators. 

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/striNGər/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques 

Stringers are rods of glass that have been pulled down to a "string" like size in order to be used in larger pieces of glass art. Stringers are used in many glass designs, but are most commonly used in disc flips, fillacellos, reticellos, and even percolators. 

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/swərl/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Linework

The term "swirl" refers to a form of linework in which the colored lines are twisted to create a flowing swirl design. This technique is one of the most prevalent forms of linework!

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Temperature Sensor


/'temp(ə)rəCHər sensər/  Origin: Dabbing - Low Temp 

Temperature sensors are devices that allow the user to dial in specific temperatures for consuming concentrates without the use of a timer. These sensors integrate digital temperature readers and a display into one device, bringing the process of dabbing into the 21st century! The most popular temperature sensors on the market are the Octave and the Dab-Rite

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Titanium Nail

TI Nail

/'tē nāl/   Origin: Dabbing - Accessories -  Old School

Titanium nails or "Ti nails" dominated the market in the early days of dabbing. Ti nails feature a design that is reminiscent of nails used in construction, but with "fins" halfway down the body that allow for the nail to sit flush in a male joint. These nails are typically made from Grade 2 Titanium to ensure purity and durability throughout the nails lifetime. But how do they work?

The Ti nail sits flush in the top of a male joint with enough clearance for a dome to be placed over it, effectively creating a chamber around the nail. To use one, the user takes the dome off the pipe and torches the titanium until it is sufficiently hot. Then the user places the dome over the nail and onto the male joint, before lowering the dab of concentrate onto the nail to vaporize. 

Due to the overall durability and convenience of titanium nails, many iterations and versions of titanium nails were brought to market over the years, with the most prevalent being the domeless nail. Domeless nails are made to be used without the use of a dome, allowing the user to have one less moving part.

Although most of the market has moved on from titanium nails, these nails hold a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts who were around for the early days of dabbing!

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Ti Swing


/'tē swiNG/  Origin: Dabbing - Accessories - Old School

In the early days of dabbing, the accessories for concentrate consumption were simple and nowhere near as efficient as todays modern technologies! Ti Swings were a glass attachment that had a joint on one end and an inverted funnel on the other with a sharp curve in the neck. Commonly referred to as a swing, curve or skillet, Ti Swings typically had a titanium pad secured to the glass that rested underneath the inverted funnel. The attachment worked by swinging the titanium pad up and out from underneath the funnel and torching it red hot before quickly swinging it back under. Once the pad is back under the inverted funnel, the concentrate is loaded onto the titanium pad to vaporize.

With this old school technology, low-temperature dabbing was not possible as the airflow could not be restricted or contained. Due to this limiting factor, the once popular Ti Swings were left behind in an industry of constant change. Nowadays, many OG collectors still have and display their Ti Swing collections proudly as an homage to the beginnings of concentrate consumption!

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/'tīmər/     Origin: Vaporizing - Dabbing - Accessories

Timer refers to digital timers used to time either the heat up time, cool down time, or both, of a quartz banger. Timers are a great way to better dial in specific and ideal dabbing temperatures without the use of a temperature sensor

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/tôrCH/     Origin: Dabbing - Accessories 

Torches usually refers to butane powered lighters with high-powered flames used to torch quartz bangers when consuming concentrates via dabbing. Small torch lighters are also commonly used to smoke herb as they are generally wind-resistant. 

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Tree Arms


/trē ärmz/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Percolators 

Tree arms are a form of percolator that utilizes multiple "arms" with either slits or holes, as the points of diffusion. Essentially smoke is guided through the main chamber in the percolator and then separated into multiple individual hollow tubes before being forced through water for rapid cooling. Tree arms are one of the older percolator styles and are still very prevalent in the market today. 

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/t(y)o͞ob/     Origin: Glass Pipes - Form

A tube is traditionally formed from a single piece of tubing, where the chamber and mouthpiece are integrated. While most people think of tubes as larger water pipes, we have very short ones that function similar to a bubbler. Tubes can come with removable downstems or fixed stems. Most of the studios making tubes these days make them scientific style, using ground glass joints for the bowls and stems. Tubes have a dab rig form as well, known as minitubes

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UV Reactive Glass


/UV rēˈaktiv glas/  Origin: Glass Art - Light Reactive

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Vac Stack


/vak stak/     Origin: Glass Art - Prep - Techniques

Color Lined Tubing can be made in a few different ways, but vacuum stacking gives a very unique result.  7mm Color Rods are sleeved inside of a clear tube with another clear tube sleeved inside of them. The composition is sealed together on one end, and a blowtube is attached on the other.  A vacuum pump is hooked up to the blowtube and pulls the clear glass around the color rods as it is heated.  As a result, the color rods preserve their form in the tubing, which gives line work made with Vac Stack tubing a three-dimensional effect!

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/ˈvāpəˌrīzər/     Origin: Consumption Methods

A vaporizer uses indirect heat sources to heat your herb up and vaporize all of the flavor and resin without combusting the plant material. Vaporizing is an alternative method of consumption to smoking that many enthusiasts find to be smoother on their throat and lungs. The two main types of vaporizers are Conduction and Convection. Read more about Vaporizers and how they work in our Introduction To Vaporizers Guide!

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/välˈkānō/     Origin: Vaporizers - Dual-Purpose

The Volcano by Storz & Bickel changed the vaporizer industry forever with its new bag filling technology. Bag system vaporizers fill bags with vapor through convectively vaporizing the herb. The Volcano has dominated the herbal vaporizer market since its introduction and remains one of the greatest bag system vaporizers created to date. 

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/ˈwôdər ˌpīp/     Origin: Pipes - Function 

Many smokers will agree that taking large rips out of dry pipes can be harsh and may cause excessive coughing. Waterpipes utilize water to diffuse the smoke and rapidly cool it before it reaches the users lungs allowing the user to take larger and smoother rips! There are two main types of waterpipes, Bubblers and Tubes! Read more about the different forms of waterpipes in our Introduction to Bubblers and Tubes Guide! 

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Whip Systems


/(h)wip ˈsistəm/     Origin: Vaporizers - Function

Whip system vaporizers utilize a hose with an herb chamber on the end that goes into a box with a heated element inside. By inhaling through the hose, air gets pulled past the heating element and through the herb chamber, convectively vaporizing your herbs. 

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Wig Wag


/'wiɡwaɡ/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Linework

Wig wags are a form of linework that holds a special place in the hearts of many glass collectors and enthusiasts. A wig wag is made up of manipulated linework that is forced back and forth in a tight "wig wag" pattern that is pleasing to the eye. Due to the fact that wig wags are created through simple techniques, many artists have made a name for themselves through wig wags. Whether it is the tightness of the "wags", the colors used, or the overall cleanliness and execution of the pattern, many collectors can easily recognize the artists work based on wig wags alone. 

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/'win doh/     Origin: Glass Art - Techniques - Linework

Windows are created by popping a hole in the center of a section and attach another section to it, followed by blowing the two sections out into one composition.  Windows are a great way to frame designs, especially on larger walls of the vessel like the base!  When multiple windows that are made on a single section, it's called a Bitch Window.  This name came from an argument between OG artists about the originator of the technique.

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Wood Pipes


/'wo͝od pīp/     Origin: Pipes - Materials

When it comes to pipes, there is tons of materials they can be made from, as every smoker has varying preferences as to what they need out of a pipe! Wood pipes are durable, easy to clean and provide a clean flavor. Typically wood pipes are made from dense woods because they are more resilient to burning. Artisan makers have been creating pipes out of wood since the very early days of pipe making! Read more about Pipes and the many materials they can be made from in our Introduction to Pipes!

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