By Smoke Cartel Crew on Oct 19, 2015


Things have changed. 

It used to be, there were bongs and there were hand pipes and that was that.

Nowadays, your favorite headshop offers a dizzying array of new-fangled devices with a multitude of different functions, many of which are designed for concentrate consumption.

Even dispensaries have experienced change in their inventory. When traditionally their inventory was made up of 60% flower, 30% concentrates, and 10% edibles, whereas now we see their inventory made up of 60% concentrates, 30% flower, and 10% edibles.

As dabbing has taken over we have seen a serious evolution in the pipes used for concentrates, and the accessories for these pieces.

The big hitting companies from the pre-dabbing era have slowly been phased out by new artists with crazy scientific and heady designs that continue to evolve each day and a lot of these big hitters have even abandoned their original target market for a new one, the concentrate user.

Initially rigs, were hard to come by, poorly-made and over-priced, and what was worth buying was even harder to come by. As the trend grew dab rigs became more available and the price dropped, but eventually the trend grew so much that high end glass artists started putting their skills to the market.

Humble Beginnings

In the beginning, dabbing started out as a very questionable method of consuming concentrates. The common devices used for the consumption of concentrates were hot wands, and dry oil pipes that very shady and dangerous. If you did happen to be one of the few with access to a pipe designed for concentrates, odds are they were off shoddy craftsmanship.

Now companies that make high-end pieces designed for flowers have added awesome dabbing inventory. There has also been an insurgence of newcomers to the industry and some that have become known as exceptional artists in the scene. There are larger and more heady works with high price tags, and the smaller and more intricate the rig is the more expensive it is. There are even some scientific rigs out there as expensive as the best sculpture heady glass! 

Craftsmanship, precision and design drive the market for these collectible pieces. You can spend thousands of dollars on a dab rig if you want to. 

The amount of different design styles and perc designs vary greatly and many of these have stemmed from concentrate use. Today we can choose from nectar collectors, recyclers, incyclers, and water pipes of all different assortments.

In a sense, nectar collectors are the concentrate users equivalent to a flower user’s steamroller, they are simple and provide excellent results!

There are also incyclers which are designed to cool the smoke to an extremely smooth hit. These pieces take water from the main can and recycle it up through the pipe and back into the main can.

Collaboration

One of the other big changes in the industry with the rise of concentrates is the frequent collaborations that artists are putting out! More and more often we see two big time artists working together to create amazing pieces of functional glass art.

It is typical to see the perc designs of one artist's incorporated into the theme of another artist's work, or you will see an artist create a piece and have another artist etch or electroform the piece.

There is definitely one thing for certain, and that is we have only started to see the beginning of how dabbing has revolutionized the glass industry!



About the Author

Smoke Cartel - Online Headshop

Smoke Cartel Crew

Written by the staff here at Smoke Cartel. Our passionate team of headshop professionals are dedicated to educating people on products in the online headshop industry, from glass, to vaporizes, and all the consumption devices and accessories in between.

We believe that knowing how your products are made, what they were originally designed for, and how to properly use them - is essential to keeping our customers happy. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us!



Dab Rigs for Sale

Bubbler Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 25%

Bubbler Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger

Dr. Dabber SWITCH - Induction E-Rig - Dab Rigs

$374.95

On Sale! Save 6%

Dr. Dabber SWITCH - Induction E-Rig

(339)

Bell Shaped Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$39.99

On Sale! Save 20%

Bell Shaped Dab Rig

Mini Bent Neck Water Pipe - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 29%

Mini Bent Neck Water Pipe

(2)

Cheech & Chong Maui Waui Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 54%

Cheech & Chong "Maui Waui" Dab Rig

(2)

Mini Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger - Dab Rigs

$39.99

On Sale! Save 33%

Mini Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger

Twisty Top Water Pipe - Dab Rigs

$88.49

On Sale! Save 26%

Twisty Top Water Pipe

Mini Bent Neck Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 29%

Mini Bent Neck Dab Rig

Sidecar Recycler Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 29%

Sidecar Recycler Dab Rig

Puffco Peak Smart Rig - Dab Rigs

$199.00

On Sale! Save 29%

Puffco Peak Smart Rig

(72)

Quartz Minimalist Syringe Dab Straw - Dab Rigs

$28.95

On Sale! Save 17%

Quartz Minimalist Syringe Dab Straw

(2)

Dopezilla Dab Rig - Ogre - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 25%

Dopezilla Dab Rig - Ogre

(21)

Cheech & Chong Great Dane Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 25%

Cheech & Chong "Great Dane" Dab Rig

(2)

Cheech & Chong Big Green Van Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$89.99

On Sale! Save 31%

Cheech & Chong "Big Green Van" Dab Rig

(14)

Telescope Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 17%

Telescope Dab Rig w/ Quartz Banger

Cheech & Chong Jade East Mini Rig Dabber - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 14%

Cheech & Chong "Jade East" Mini Rig Dabber

(4)

Mini Funnel Recycler Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 29%

Mini Funnel Recycler Dab Rig

Dopezilla Dab Rig - Banshee - Dab Rigs

$69.99

On Sale! Save 7%

Dopezilla Dab Rig - Banshee

(9)

Teal Bent Neck Recycler Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$59.99

On Sale! Save 25%

Teal Bent Neck Recycler Dab Rig

Transparent Neck Water Pipe w/ Bowl & Banger - Dab Rigs

$49.99

On Sale! Save 17%

Transparent Neck Water Pipe w/ Bowl & Banger

(1)

Assorted Mini Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$29.99

On Sale! Save 25%

Assorted Mini Dab Rig

Mini Dab Rig Recycler - Dab Rigs

$39.99

On Sale! Save 33%

Mini Dab Rig Recycler

Famous X Stack Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$40.00

On Sale! Save 33%

Famous X Stack Dab Rig

(14)

Short Stack Mini Recycler Dab Rig - Dab Rigs

$39.99

On Sale! Save 33%

Short Stack Mini Recycler Dab Rig



You might also like




Still Curious?

Learn all you can, and read some more articles.

Knowledge Base


Watch & Learn