Wicked Sands Oil Rig (DleafSmoke)

3

There were qualities of this piece that led to problems for Dleafsmoke.  Check out this review if you’re considering buying some new glass!  It’s hard to know just from looking at a glass piece, so getting first hand feedback is definitely helpful.  –Tokeahontas

Submitted By:
Camera Used:
Evo 3D
Artist:
Wicked Sands
From:
Toronto Hemp Company
Rating:
3.  
B. This was a decent piece of scientific glass but had some obvious flaws that were constantly a problem.
Type:
Clear glass oiler with an 8-slit circ percolator
Style:
Scientific
Price:
Purchased for $150 flat
Value:

To be honest, after owning the rig I would put it more in the $99 range.

Dimensions:

7.5 inches tall
3 inches wide
6 inches deep
8 slit cirq perc reinforced to bottom
flared mouthpiece
14mm DI joint
5mm thick glass
Came with a clear circular dome
The rig was a comfortable size to travel with and was my daily driver for a few months.

Overall:

I was pretty excited to see Wicked Sands at my local shop, as they are not usually into US scientific glass.  They sell Toro but mainly stick with worked pieces for oil.  Unfortunately, the shop had some newer worker bees that wouldn’t let me dry hit the rig before purchasing it even though I was a little skeptical.  They gave me a new HE V3 nail for $30 so I couldn’t pass up on the good deal.

Unfortunately the piece has some major issues. The piece collectively creates for a terrible hit and almost guaranteed sip of water if you’re not careful.  Basically, the perc is too big requiring too much water in the piece.  The water then gets pulled into the mouthpiece.  The mouthpiece has a pooling point near the joint that water is pulled into immediately.  From there, the water is quickly pulled up the mouthpiece and all over you.  This has happened to pretty much everyone who has hit it at some point.

The piece was very thick and had a sturdy solid base.  The level of the dome was spot on and all the welds were very clean.  I really wish that the function was more thought out in this piece.  A smaller circ perc and differently angled mouthpiece would make this at least an A.

Wicked Sands recently released the newer version of this piece, they have replaced the 8 slit circ with a 4 slit fixed stem.  They have not changed much about the mouthpieces including the pooling spot but with reduced diffusion you don’t seem to be able to get the water up the mouthpiece. It’s nice to see some development, I just need to hold back and wait for the v2 or 3 next time.  –DleafSmoke


8 Comments | Add Yours

  1. says:

    on Feb 21, 2013

    fun and useful read bud
    sorry its a bit of a sipper

  2. says:

    on Feb 21, 2013

    I find this common with local glass blowers & micro/macro pieces. I have hit/owned some really nice headdie pieces with the same issue. With them it can be hard to find a happy medium, between a mouth full of water and having the percs covered..
    Well done review again, honest too!

  3. says:

    on Feb 21, 2013

    An "official" HE V3 for 30$?..that sounds skeptical as well…

  4. says:

    on Feb 21, 2013

    that rig is much larger than my Steve Beer 14mm micro, and i NEVER get any back-splash..i believe the problem with this rig is that the downsteam is too short requiring too much water in the can, a much better design would be a reinforced downsteam with the perc holes a little lower on the stem itself, that way it takes less water, and has BETTER FLAVOR!..just my opinion though

    • says:

      on Feb 21, 2013

      the difference is (with all due respect to the artist at Wicked Sands) that Steve Beer is a master craftsman. I have an article coming in an upcoming issue of Nuggetry magazine that talks about percs and diffusion, and how its a science to blend form and function. Im jealous of your Beer Rig :)

      • says:

        on Feb 21, 2013

        I couldnt agree more these are rather amateur glass blowers that are still learning the craft, the beer rigs show a blend of function and beauty. when I get the cash i would be very happy with shipping one out.

  5. says:

    on Feb 21, 2013

    or is it reinforced.. with those pics..i cant tell?

    • says:

      on Feb 21, 2013

      It is re-inforced but is also to high up in the can and too large. The new design is exactly what you have mentioned and really solves all the problems I have had with the v1 of this design. The HE V3 nail is real, the shop only has HE titanium, they were just willing to give me a good deal on the rig that ended up making the Ti nail only $30

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