Stoner Guide; Titanium Nail Vs Glass Nail
Dabbing requires a lot of different tools, much like smoking flowers, but these tend to get a little more complicated. With something as hot as a blowtorch heating the nail, it’s important that the material that the nail is made of is tough and long lasting. If there are any sort of impurities in the nail, or it’s made with a less than desired material, the entire dabbing process can be a pain. There are a few main materials that the nails are made of, two of which include titanium and glass. Some stoners prefer one over the other and this blog compares the two!
Glass; The glass nails tend to come with the rigs when they are first bought, much like the standard bowl that bongs come with when they’re first bought. Glass, while working well when used in a bong, can be a huge problem when forming a nail. Since glass can contain bubbles, heating it constantly can cause the bubbles to crack and burst, sending bits of nail shrapnel flying around the room. I’ve actually seen this happen numerous times on YouTube and Instagram. No matter how careful you are with a glass nail, chances are that it will break eventually. However, some stoners have found a way around overheating their glass and causing the lifespan to extend simply by getting a temp gun, which is a device that points a laser at an object and then tells the temperature of the object. No more guessing at where your temp is! There also is an argument that glass doesn’t hold residue as much as Ti does, giving the dabs a better taste. Although, upon further inspection, the same is argued for the Ti nail.
Titanium; With an extremely durable reputation, the Ti nail is a favorite because it cannot break. Titanium seems to be far more common than the glass nail, probably for it’s ability to withstand abuse. Hey, stoners like to dab a LOT! The issue with the Ti nails is that sometimes, they’re not made purely. This can cause a huge difference in taste and durability, preventing the user from getting the full dab experience. Some stoners report a very oily taste coming from the impure Ti nails, which definitely isn’t supposed to be happening if the concentrates themselves are clean. These nails can last for years, although will eventually become brittle after repeated, heavy use. Glass nails, on the other hand, will 100% always break, as the repeated heating and cooling weakens the glass.
The debate comes down to preference. There is no “better” nail. Both of them have their flaws and both of them have their pros. Since most rigs do come equipped with a glass nail, it’s easy to have both around. It’s highly recommended that you give both materials a shot before knocking one of the other. Who knows? You may find a new favorite nail material! Always remember to dab safe and be sure that your medicine has been made correctly, by someone who knows what they’re doing!