Today we’re going to get into the details concerning the internal workings and parts of herb grinders, and what separates the mediocre(and even sometimes hazardous) products from the more reliable, premium-made best choices.
The first part we’re going to mention is often one of the least understood (as seen in the Titanium Space Case grinder above). That would be the sifting screen. This screen basically catches the smallest pieces of herbs which happen to be among the most potent and accumulates them in a small chamber directly underneath. Now this is such a crucial aspect of any good grinder because number one, without it, you’re letting one of the best aspects of herb grinding pass you by, and two, no herb grinder worth its weight in gold is going to be without one. It’s a good but not absolute indicator of overall quality. You want a very fine mesh screen on it, but still durable enough to stand the test of time. If the spaces are too big, your particles are going to be too coarse and thusly not what you’re actually trying to catch.
Build Quality and Design
The next element we’re going to touch on is more mainstream, and more relevant to a grinder’s main function. That is, the sharpness and continued blade-like fine lines of the teeth in your grinder that actually disintegrate your material. You really want to skip the rest here and go with metal, as both plastic and wood tend to dull rather quickly and very finely ground material is crucial for most vaporizers to function correctly. Sharp teeth also mean that you’re using the minimum amount of effort to get the most finely ground end-product possible. Basically a consistent sharp edge gives you an optimally efficient tool that does its job in the best way. It also minimizes waste as less of the material tends to be able to bunch up and stick together and smaller pieces mean more manageable, and less resistant to transport and ultimately optimal use of the material.
Thirdly, we have the safety issue. A lot of cheaper, shoddily made metal grinders will actually flake metal shavings into your herb mixture (many times unbeknownst to you) if the metal is too soft, the material is too coarse, or the persona is grinding too furiously. How do you feel about that little detail? Not jumping for joy I bet. That’s why purchasing a metal grinder with an anodized layer coated onto the inner compartment and teeth will protect not only your product from becoming defective, but also your health from becoming compromised. This is a very real and surprisingly common occurrence, and one that you have just been duly warned about. Take heed.
Made In The USA
The last of the four points to consider is perhaps the most subtle, but certainly the most important. Buy local. Why? Because when you buy made in the U.S.A. grinders, they are most times manufactured from smaller family owned companies that take special pride in their product quality and put forth that little extra attention to detail that ends up making all the difference. They also are a whole lot more accessible when it comes to honoring the warranty being that they are domestic and speak the language. American made grinders also are usually made from one solid block of aluminum or metal which means they are more durable and fit together extremely well, whereas overseas-made grinders tend to have individual parts mass produced and then jammed all together in an imitation of one solid functioning unit. Problem is, due to the slight variations in the metal pieces, many times they don’t line up exactly, and this creates endless problems for the consumer down the road.
Follow these four points of interest when choosing your grinder, and you’ve really got your bases covered from all angles. The rest should take care of itself, and there will be no surprises. I mean, you only want to have to buy one right?
You are now armed with the knowledge of the most important herb grinder features, but you’ll still have to consider these 3 things before buying one.
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