I’ve heard about people smoking out of all sorts of things, from tin cans to iOlites, but if you’re a fan of water pipes and you’re ready to invest in a piece of high-quality glass that will impress all the ladies and never let you down, you have come to the right place! It is time to get a RooR. Founded over 30 years ago by German glass blower Martin Birzle, RooR manufactures hand blown water pipes made from clear Schott Duran Pyrex Tubing borosilicate glass. Having a RooR is often compared to having a Ferrari; you could buy the cheaper model, but why not have a water pipe made of superior materials in sleek designs that you feel the quality of with every use?
The Problem with Getting One…
The Problem with getting a RooR? In recent years the market, along with many local head shops, has been flooded with fake RooRs, produced in China and sold by people who don’t know/care about the name RooR has built for itself.
Follow this step-by-step guide before you invest! The difference in quality will be astounding, and there’s no need to get ripped off. I’ve seen guides like this before, but I wanted to compile a comprehensive list for the good of the consumer; remember, do your research and you’ll never regret it.
1. THE PRICE
If a price sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. A real RooR will rarely cost under 150$. If you find one at a local head shop or online for under 150$ it is most likely a fake. Of course head shop owners might not know they have a fake on their hands, and try and sell it to you for real RooR prices. I’ve found that sometimes, when they know they’re trying to sell a fake, they’ll drop the price so this is a good indicator.
2. CHECK YOUR SHOP AT THE SOURCE – RooR’s DATABASE
RooR’s official website has a database of licensed dealers. If you can find your place here, chances are good that their product is legitimate. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, but this is the only way to know for sure that you’re getting what you pay for. You can find the Dealer Locator here…
3. THE SIGNATURE
The individual making each real RooR leaves his mark or “signature” on the finished pipe. This is usually a squiggly line and several dots that appears around the joint at the base of the pipe (where exactly doesn’t matter). If it doesn’t have a signature? It might not be real. Of course, the fake-makers also imitate these signatures, so it can be hard to tell.
COMMON FAKE RooR SIGNATURE
REAL RooR SIGNATURE
4. THE LOGO
I find that this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to spot even a relatively “good” fake RooR.
-On a real RooR, you should have to tilt your head to the right in order for it to read correctly, or the bottom of all the letters should be to the left.
-Both of the R’s should be facing inwards.
-There should be a small trademark stamp ( ® ) at the bottom/right of the RooR logo.
-Label faces right instead of left
-® is at the Top Left, not the Bottom Right
5. ICE PINCHES
RooRs always have 3 ice pinches that meet evenly in the middle of the tube, although they never touch in the middle. 4 ice pinches? Fake. Uneven ice pinches? Fake. Of course, glass blowers are only human too, but it’s a safe bet that when your ice pinches are a millimeter or more off, your fake RooR was blown by someone with much less training.
FAKE (4 Uneven Ice Pinches) REAL (3 Even Ice Pinches)
RooRs, except for maybe the occasional super-special edition ones, do not have percs. This does not include the downstem. RooR TECH is RooR’s little brother set, and those pieces have all sorts of crazy percs and chambers and shapes, but in that case the label should read RooR Tech and not just RooR!
FAKE REAL (RooR TECH Though…)
-Normal RooRs DO NOT have Percs -Has “Tech” on the label
7. GLASS THICKNESS/QUALITY
Someone who has seen a lot of glass can tell if a glass pipe is 5 mm or thicker (which RooR usually is), but for the average consumer I advise you to use your better judgment; it should feel weighty in your hand and well balanced, not light or thin.
Take a closer look at the glass itself- A fake RooR might have bubbles trapped in the glass, a sign of bad quality. A fake RooR might also have lines or “rings” in the glass (they look like someone dragged a fine toothed comb over the top coat of glass), while a real RooR will have crystal clear see through glass.
Lastly, check for “weld” marks. On a fake RooR, you might be able to clearly see where they’ve melted one piece of glass to connect it to another. This will never be visible on a real RooR
8. THE SHAPE
While this isn’t my favorite way to check legitimacy, the shape of your pipe can be very telling. RooR has a very standard shape they use for their straight and beaker water pipes. If you find one with extra “shapes” added to it, it’s a fake. (Again, this might not apply to super-special edition releases, but is true 90% of the time).
FAKE! (This one is particularly odd) REAL! (Smooth as Silk)
RooR’s are styled very carefully, so pay attention to the positioning of the label; if it is applied at a point in the neck where it covers the ice pinches, it looks sloppy and is a good sign of a fake.
-Label Covers Ice Pinches
-Weird Welding line under label
10. THE BOX
Ask the head shop owner to see the original box! While they might not give it to you (although they should, and it’s fun to have) it should be white, and say “RooR Pure Smoke Kulture.”