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We are both honored and humbled to be of service to vape entrepreneurs and existing business owners trying to navigate the growing vape market. And that starts with choosing the right products to fill your shelves with. To explore the experience offered from a buttonless vape pen , make a wholesale vape purchase for store or e-commerce shop, or to inquire with questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Oji Vape team at 415-795-2759 or fill out the easily accessible contact form on our site. Nature is often emulated in human craft, and pipe making is no exception. The aptly named Acorn has all the appearance of its muse. Its bowl is of conical shape, somewhat like that of the Dublin, but whereas the bowl of a Dublin tapers from rim to heel in a linear fashion, the bowl of an Acorn is, well, more like an acorn.
The Acorn’s bowl swells outward from the top, and then begins to taper, reaching a point at the bottom of the bowl, which sometimes extends below the line of the shank (a characteristic not commonly found among pipe shapes). The point at the bottom of the bowl can be sharp or rounded. Acorns are usually made with round shanks to compliment their natural bowls, and shanks can be bent or straight, though bent shanks are the mode. Acorns can be found in all variety of finishes and stain colors. Often difficult to distinguish from the Author, Brandy and sometimes even the Tomato, the Apple pipe is traditionally a slightly shorter and softer version of the beloved Billiard. The more generous curvature is most noticeable at the top going toward the rim, and around the middle of the bowl, the walls of which are more convex than a Billiard’s. For those of us that failed geometry, that is to say that its walls protrude more from the chamber than those of a Billiard’s, but not as much as an Author, Brandy or Tomato. Regardless of the confusion, Apples are very much a favorite of pipe enthusiasts and are in ample supply. Apples can be found in either the straight or bent variety, and are also commonly made as “full bent” pipes (close to a 90° shank bend, and usually featuring stouter bowls) for those who want to have a professorial air about them without actually having to grade any exams. Their shanks are very seldom anything but round, and often quite beefy. Its soft edges and medium-sized bowl give it a classic look and make it very comfortable to hold. A bigger brother to the Prince shape, the Author features the same flattened ball shape, but is quite a bit larger than its smaller sibling. The Author’s hefty bowl sits at the end of a burly shank that almost always has a 1/8 – 1/4 bend. Its thick walls help keep the bowl from heating up and make for a comfortable hold. The Author is usually seen as a smooth pipe and it lends itself quite nicely to a lighter stain color or even a natural finish, simply buffed to a shine with no stain at all. The origin of the Author name quite possibly comes from the ease and comfort with which it can be clenched in the teeth, whilst hunched over, penning furiously a literary masterpiece. Perhaps no shape embodies that of the smoking pipe more clearly than the classic Billiard. Lewis and countless other famous pipe enthusiasts, the Billiard continues to be a well-esteemed shape by pipe smokers today. The most likely explanation for the origin of its name is the French word for stick, bille. It may have been so called because its round, straight shank was reminiscent of a billiard cue. A Billiard’s bowl is cylindrical from top to bottom, and usually measures about 1.5 – 2″ tall. Many Billiards break away from the rigid cylindrical shape, and feature bowls that curve very slightly inward at the rim and the heel. The bowl of a Billiard should also be canted forward ever so slightly (approximately 2°), which softens the overall appearance. True to its namesake, a classic Billiard’s shank is still both round and straight, and is about as long as its bowl is tall. Tapered or saddle stems are both common on this pipe, and stems measure 2 inches in length, give or take.
The Billiard’s timeless shape has served as a launching pad for many other pipe shapes over the years. The Oom Paul, Chimney, Pot, and Canadian (including all its sub-styles) all feature a Billiard shaped bowl, but are considered to be unique shapes by virtue of their respective variations. While originally a straight pipe, Billiard’s now come as 1/2 and 3/4 bent pipes as well. To no one’s surprise, the Billiard is offered in the widest range of colors and finishes possible, and virtually all pipe making entities produce their own versions of the world’s most popular pipe shape. The Blowfish is considered a freehand shape in the world of pipe making. It is a perfect example of beautiful asymmetry; it’s organic and graceful, but by no means overly delicate.
The Blowfish takes the appearance of a squished ball, having a wide, bulging profile, and a more narrow face.