There are 2 things to take note of when selecting a glass piece based on durability and quality: the type of glass and its thickness. Of the two, type of glass is paramount over thickness; however, both play integral roles in determining the durability and life span of your piece. Other factors such as the skill of the blower is brand dependent, and harder to research as it involves joint welds and inspection. Nevertheless, glass quality and thickness are the best indicators of the overall strength and construction of the piece.
The type of glass the piece is constructed with is usually contingent on the location of its construction. Glass made in the United States or Europe is generally the same glass as used in lab equipment called borosilicate glass, “German schott” or “Schott duran”. This is the highest quality material to make glass out of and is higher quality material than that found in glass made in China. Most name brands will have their glass made in Europe or the United States and be made of this top quality borosilicate glass.
Glass thickness has an imperative role in durability, weight and strength of the glass. Glass thickness is measured in millimeters, and generally ranges from 3mm to 9mm. The thicker the glass, the heavier and more durable it will be. Heaviness of the piece is a personal preference as weight does mean a piece is harder to carry and maneuver. However added weight, also, means the improved ability to withstand wear, pressure and damage.
The quality of the material used to make the glass is of higher importance and priority than thickness. A glass piece made with high quality borosilicate material with a thickness of 3mm will be stronger than one of weak and poor material with a thickness of 9mm.
At Los Hierberos we will research and distribute only high quality materials and reputable glass brands, so all you need worry about is your favorite thickness. If you have any questions, hit us up… because we love weed, do you?