Grav Labs, hands down are the masters of glass, scientific producers of glass if you will. A global reputation that is hard to surpass. Built to last, highly functional and as gorgeous as glass can get. Those in the know only and always use Grav glass. When Grav makes a water pipe/dab rig/glass pipe they know what they are doing. Built strong for a smooth and easy session. Oh, and so they don’t break easily either. Beautiful enough to display anywhere in your home, if that’s how you do things.
Grav tends to categorise their glassware into collections with a variety of looks and styles covered within each collection. As the name gives away this Water Pipe is part of the Helix Collection. An extensive collection that includes water pipes, steamrollers, hand pipes as well as flower bowls. In a nutshell, a feature that all Helix products share is the Venturi Chamber. A system created with less wastage in mind as most find it particularly difficult to inhale (and absorb) a large lungful of smoke. This system will enable you to use less herbal material.
WHAT IS A VENTURI CHAMBER THEN?
A glass structure (shaped kind of like a weird teardrop) that spins, cools and aerates the smoke within. This is achieved via 3 evenly spaced openings located at the base (widest portion) of the Venturi chamber. Here is my step by step take.
- Upon lighting your smoke will enter through the down stem to reach the water below. The first step in cooling down the smoke as well as filtering it.
- The smoke leaves the water chamber passing up through a narrow opening into the Venturi Chamber.
- At the exact same moment, the 3 holes at the base of the Venturi Chamber pull air directly into the chamber.
- These holes are specifically designed (angled) to enable the air and the smoke to mingle whilst creating a spinning column effect, hence the name Helix!
- Results = A cooler and smoother experience with less wastage.
I will try keep this brief to not bore you. Just to clarify this is the Straight Base version and not the Beaker Base Helix Water Pipe. As with everything Grav makes this water pipe is made with high-quality glass with an exceptionally thick and durable base keeping this piece upright. The water chamber is quite roomy with a fixed 90° down stem within. A fission down stem with 4 channels at the fixed base. At the other end of the down stem you will find a 14mm female joint where the 14mm Helix Bowl resides.
TIP: The close proximity of the outer portions of the down stem to the external glass makes this a piece that you may struggle attaching a herbal vaporiser to (not impossible though). There is about a 1cms gap between both and neither angle away.
I must tell you a little about the Helix Bowl, one of the tiniest flower bowls that I stock. Designed specifically for use with Helix Water Pipes as well as any other smaller water pipes that you may already own. This unique bowl has a straight tubular design with a frosted port for an airtight connection. Near the top you will see dual roll stops, small round protrusions that allow you to safely handle the bowl. Look within and you will see a pinch point built-in to allow you to inhale as you desire.
Between the water and Venturi Chamber is a pretty drastic narrowing to stop you experiencing any splash back even with the deepest inhalations (to a point of course). Lastly, the mouthpiece is flattened, reinforced and has a wide edge for your lips to rest upon.
TIP: Grav recommends that you use no more than 2” (approximately 5cms) of water for an optimal experience.
Measuring: 22.5cm in height, 10(ish)cms at its widest point.
- x1 Grav Helix Straight Base Water Pipe
- x1 Grav 14mm Male Helix Flower Bowl
- Heavy duty Glass
- Venturi Chamber
- 90° Fixed Fission down stem
- 14mm Helix Bowl
- Helix Aeration System
- Less wastage
- Made on 60mm Tubing
- 9” tall (22.5cms)
- Designed by: Stephan Peirce
**This is a collectors item and at We are Lux we don’t encourage the breaking of any Australian laws.**