Maitri Prana Pipe Review - Stone Free
Build Quality90%
Smoke Quality80%
Look & Feel85%
Ease of Maintenance82%
84%Overall Score

Most paraphernalia is quite gaudy, eye-catching or downright ugly. So, it is a refreshing change to see something as elegant as the Prana Pipe from Maitri. Just one look at it, you’ll notice that it boldly defies the stigma commonly associated with products of this description. The pipe simply looks cool and classy… You might be surprised to learn that ‘prana’ is an English borrowed word and means ‘breath; when considered as a life-giving force.’ Reading that beforehand left me with great expectations for this Indian style chillum – but did it reach those them? Stay with me to find out.

Product Pros

  1. Very attractive
  2. Great hits

Product Cons

  1. Easily broken
  2. Fiddly to clean

 

Maitri Prana Pipe Review: Breakdown

Maitri Prana Pipe flat display

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

Most chillums are made from some sort of stone. Some are heavy and sturdy, others are more delicate and this pipe certainly fits into the latter category. This heavy pipe feels great in the hand and you will have no trouble believing Maitri’s claim that, ‘The Prana is the result of our love for design and passion for local craftsmanship,’ or that ‘Each piece is meticulously handmade and their ceramists mold each pipe with love.’

You will find yourself taking great pleasure in running your fingers over the cool grooves of your pipe and to add to the build quality, the wooden mouthpiece looks and feels excellent too. Maitri says they put just as much care into handcrafting the mouthpiece as they do the ceramic pipe and that it, ‘…is engineered by our cabinetmakers and finished by hand for a flawless quality.’

Smoke Quality

Smoke Quality

To take a draw from this, you pack your material nice and tight into the end with three holes. There really is no ‘overpacking’ with a product like this so go to town. Put the other side to your lips, light it up and pull as you would a cigar. One major perk with a chillum made from all-natural materials is that the smoke’s flavor is not tainted by any questionable parts.

That means you can take full-bodied, rich and tasty sips on this until the bowl is empty. There’s nothing more to say about the smoke, it’s perfectly fine and natural.

Maitri Prana Pipe back side

Design

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

Don’t be fooled. Many sources around the web talk about the Maitri Prana Pipe as if it’s something almost revolutionary. That it’s never been done before and that they have somehow perfected the one hitter style. The fact is, that is simple not true. This style of chillum has been popular in northern India and Pakistan for hundreds of years. I owned virtually the same product and paid $5 for it on a trip last year.

Now that’s out of the way, it has to be said that the Maitri Prana is very well made. Take the beautiful, celestial design away and we still see that a lot of care has gone into designing these pipes. Three holes at the tip lead into an open chamber in the middle of the ceramic body, allowing the smoke to cool before continuing through one pipe into your mouth. This system is the cause of the delicious hits.

Ease of Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance

Pipes in this family are notoriously tricky to clean. The problem is, they need to be cleaned often as sticky oils and leftover material begin to accumulate and clog the pipes. Be prepared to put in a few minutes to clean your Maitri every week, it’s not easy but it’s definitely worth it.

To clean the ceramic body, use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Simply dip it inside and clean the bowl and as much of the pipe as possible with pipe cleaners. Maitri recommends finishing it off in the dishwasher but I’m not sure how much I want to have dishwasher chemicals on my bowl.

The mouthpiece can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth, just twist it off and give it a rub.

Maitri Prana Pipe mouth piece detached

Conclusion

There’s not much to say about this chillum other than they have taken the popular concentrate chillums of Pakistan and India, gotten a couple of artisans to recreate it and make it look aesthetically pleasing and then thrown a $100 price tag on it. It works well, but so do those from the east. If you don’t mind paying $100 for a great looking pipe then be my guest.

If you are looking for more of unique take on the modern pipe be sure to check out the Genius Pipe and for a more affordable glass spoon pipe check out the Jane West Spoon.

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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