|Posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM|
With their Messias Illusion series Weed Star offers an extremely functional bong for a affordable price. The series starts at under $100 and progresses up to this 5 mm thick, 21 inch tall piece with ice notches, a 12 arm diffused perc, splash guard, and 29.2 mm diffused down stem for $170.
The 12 arms of the percolator each have two horizontal slits for the smoke to diffuse out of while dragging and open bottoms for draggles overflow of air when clearing. Because this perc has a total of 24 slits airflow is easily diffused into hundreds of tiny bubbles as you milk the bong cooling and filtering the smoke by exposing a maximum surface area of smoke to water.
With the amount of diffusion of smoke into the water the two almost become one making it easy for water to come flying up the tube, but no one likes bong water in their mouths. For that reason this piece features a splash guard directly above the percolator to once again separate the smoke and water, sending the water back down into the chamber below and the smoke upward to be cooled by ice for a crisp dry hit.
What makes this model stand apart from the rest of the series is the its super oversized 29.2 mm bowl to 29.2 mm diffused down stem. These larger pieces remove the “pressure point” that is the 14.4 mm or 18.8 mm bowl and down stem in most other bongs where airflow is restricted the most. Imagine a huge tube that is reduced to the size of a straw at just one point, it doesn’t matter how wide the rest of the tube is airflow will be restricted to the amount that can flow through that straw in the middle. That is why increasing the most narrow point in the bong can have a huge impact on drag. The one issue with this is that finding replacement 29.2 mm pieces will be harder then the standard sized but you can always find what you need online if not locally.
The Messias Illusion series has a clean look, made with all clear borosilic glass, and is decorated with a sandblasted logo and clear glass beads on the neck. From bottom to top the piece has features that say “This is a nice bong!”.
It says on the beaker of the bong that it is of German design which is easy to tell, but I suspect that it was made overseas in either India or China which is why there are no worked sections of glass and they are able to offer it for such a great price. I dabble in the glass industry and actually have some connections in manufacturing. One guy in India that I have worked with in the past told me that he was approached by the owner of Weed Star to manufacture his products. He didn’t get the deal but it gives me a idea where these are being made. But hey, if these were blown in Germany or the US this piece would be at least $400 so considering these are nice and thick and the quality is great I prefer to get it for only $170 on GrassCity.com.
When it comes down to it this bong has a great percolator, great down stem, and great design so for only $170 this Messias Ilussion is a great deal!
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