Smoking pipes from Asia
It seems impossible to cover all Asian pipes on one single web page. Primarily there is the distinction between water pipes and the dry smoking pipe. The first category cools down the smoke by guiding it through the water that filters at the same time.
The bowl of a water pipe is easily confused with another typical Asian pipe: the chillum, which has a fluted shape and is usually smoked with hashish. A water pipe bowl has commonly an end with rims in order to fit steadily onto the stem. Sometimes it is fit with a cover.
Very attractive because of the fine carvings and the beautiful coloring by aging are pipes made out of ivory. A disadvantage to the smoker is that the material is not well absorbing, resulting in a rather wet smoke. Due to the changes in temperature ivory has a risk to crack, as you can see in the pipe that is restored with a decorated silver band.
The most common pipe is, apart from some clay pipes, a metal pipe, strong and therefore suitable for traveling. A metal pipe is likely to get hot very quickly and will give an unpleasant moist smoke. Techniques of production can be casting in bronze, brass or silver. Asian metal pipes make a popular souvenir, being exotic and uncommon for Western travelers, but the original design is not always followed, sometimes even functioning as a smoking pipe is forgotten.
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