Dab Accessories 101
Hey everyone! Dave here from adapterrlman. I'm glad you could make it back for the continuation of “Everything you need to know about dabbing”. In today's post I will pick up where we left off from yesterday. In yesterday's post, we covered the basics of “What is a dab” and some of the basic dab rigs you can get along with the different features they offer to you. Today, I'm going to cover dab nails. Again, we are not going to cover in detail about some of these items as this is meant to be your basic 101 course to help bring you up to speed with everything. In case you didn't read part one click here to check it out now
You may ask yourself which dab nail is best? But really you should ask yourself which dab nail works best for you? Coming in a variety of materials, they can come in glass, quartz, ceramic and titanium each offering their own benefits for when you go to have a session with your pals.
Glass or Borosilicate dab nails are usually most commonly found with a dab rig already as a basic setup to allow you to use your new purchase when you get home. Don't expect your glass nail to last for more than a few weeks. The constant heating and cooling of the nail will cause micro fractures and eventually cause the glass nail head to break completely. This is usually why they are a freebie when you purchase your dab rig.
Ceramic dab nails are a popular material used for dab nails due to their heat retention properties and flavor qualities. If you’re looking to get the most from each dab, a ceramic nail may be a worthy choice for you, but be warned they can break from being dropped and many ceramic products flake and crack with daily use. A quality ceramic nail can last for several months or longer where a lower quality ceramic nail might only last for a couple of months before crumbling apart. If you’re looking to get some of the very best flavors, many say nothing compares to ceramic. Not to mention, it's possible to get multiple dabs from only heating it one time, thanks to the ceramic holding the heat for so long.
Quartz dab nails would be the most popular in the market. That would be thanks to the pure flavors you will get from each session. You can clean them so they always looks new and they DO NOT deteriorate from daily use. Well, at least not at a noticeable rate. A quality quartz nail can last a life time with proper care. Be careful becaue they can be broken if dropped but they are more durable than their borosilicate cousins. Many choose quartz due to accessibility and the many styles available in the market. Quartz is always a top contender when it comes to choosing a dab nail that will stand the trails of your daily use.
Titanium dab nails are one of the more popular dabbing accessories, thanks to their durability. I mean, heck, throw the thing at a wall, through someone’s window, hell, anything, it's a piece of titanium -you won't break it. Well unless you're using a hydraulic press or your just really trying to prove titanium isn't invincible. These are great if you have a clumsy friend who is constantly knocking over one of your glass fixtures or hey, maybe you’re the clumsy one with your glass, breaking the bowl pieces off regularly. If that sounds like you or someone you know, a titanium nail would be the way to go. Virtually indestructible and if made from grade 2 titanium, it will produce great flavors for your dabs once you've seasoned it properly with a few prior sessions. They, however, will eventually oxidize with heating and cooling but you can easily use a titanium dab nail for years and years without any notice of flavor or deterioration.
Phew, that was quite a bit to cover. Next, we will discuss the types of dab nails available in the market along with some of the pro's and con's to each style to help you select which one would be best for you and your needs. You have your basic nails, domeless nails, dab straws, and honey buckets. Some of these dab nails also have subcategories as well.