For those of you who have grown weary of me
saying that for the most part rollers are rollers are rollers, with few exceptions, I
maintain that it is a true statement. The 110 mm Rizla, and
Zig-Zag ( www.zigzag.com ) hand
rollers are really functional and are in our opinion, the best made, but similarities in
design and functionality far outweigh any differences. Perhaps our admiration for these
products stems from the fact that all 100mm+ rollers give one the ability to create high
quality rolls using
nearly any size, or length, of rolling paper and that makes for compatibility that
outweighs their added size. They last a long time and are very easy to use. In fact, when
we return from the RTDA show in August, we not only will show you the latest in design for
these handy rollers but include a new MultiMedia feature to the magazine which will
contain video instruction on how to best use these and other products.
In the meantime, in addition to the 100 mm+ rollers mentioned above, the only real new product in this category that we have seen so far is the Element line of new roller which ratchets up the length to 120 mm+. These new HBI products are a distinct improvement in rolling efficiency. The blankets really grab the paper and the roller structure is quite robust. There are three sizes (110, 79, and 70mm) and the decorative blanket is both functional and beautiful.
We expect to perhaps see a whole new host of designs at the RTDA show but there is little room for innovation in this category at least that we can foresee. Before we get to these rather innovative new designs for now a sample of the roll possible with the new Element 110mm. We have a great video showing how this was rolled and will have it ready for you when we return August 2nd.
Let us know what you think about new rolling machines and especially your experience with them. We are, for the most part, injector-heads here at the magazine and would greatly appreciate any tips and experience you have had with any of the various products of this type that are available. Also feel free to Share with us any really unusual or older ones we have not discovered by attaching a JPEG of it (please keep file sizes less than 30k), along with a brief history as to how it came into your possession. We will likely use it in our next issue. If you have some real "treasures" share them with us and our readers. Contact us by clicking here or go to our Contact page for more information on how to get sample products to the magazine.
We get a lot of mail about handrolling techniques and we feel it is pretty obvious how to accomplish this feat with simply tobacco, paper and two hands (in some cases one). So, we will continue to repeat the techniques, tricks and tips for true hand-rolling. As a preface, however, suffice it to say that hand rolling is mostly a matter of practice - not secrets.
In addition to the pictorial demo that remains below, we asked Lisa (from Gizeh's corporate office in Germany), who is an expert handroller (as are many European smokers) to give us a quick demonstration. The following is a Window Movie Video, so Mac users will not be able to access it. Give it a try, especially if you have a broadband connection. We compressed it as much as possible, and without sound, so even those with phone connections, with a little patience should be able to view it. A little over one Mb file. It is seen best in Windows Media Player. If it doesn't load properly, check your media player to make sure in the file types setting your player is not sharing Windows Video with other players. If enough Mac users request it, we will provide an MPEG video as well in the future. Click here to access the video or look at the steps below if you need help with your hand rolling technique. For those of you who can see the video, you will notice that the pre-roll stage is the most important and time consuming part of hand rolling a well formed stick. Notice how Lisa spreads the tobacco evenly and gently "rocks" it back and forth in the paper until consistency is achieved throughout the length of the unrolled paper. Only then does she lick the paper and roll the final product. She savors the experience, as should all smokers, of using tobacco and takes her time with her rolling. Smoking tobacco should not be associated with an obsession for speed (time) or with any other obsessive behavior for that matter. It is a true luxury to be savored.
Our thanks to Paul at TobaccoLovers.com ( http://www.tobaccolovers.com ) for the following graphics and text
|EDITOR'S NOTE: These reviews are solely for the convenience of people of legal age who already smoke, are trying to cut down on smoking, wish to spend less money on their smoking, want to roll their own cigarettes from high quality tobacco, and, in general, wish to have a far more satisfying, and economical smoking experience when compared with smoking pre-manufactured cigarettes. We, in no way, encourage people to smoke. Further, we prescribe to a sane, more logical approach to smoking that involves common sense as to quantity coupled with a strong desire to manage the habit until it becomes an occasional, freely chosen, diversion, that can be fully enjoyed with minimal health risks. Finally, we strongly encourage those who do smoke to take it outdoors, or to appropriate environments where tobacco can be enjoyed away from those who do not smoke, most especially children. We do not sell tobacco or related products from this site; We distribute information about our perceptions of the quality of what is available and where it can be obtained. If you are under 18, it is illegal to buy tobacco and you should immediately exit this site. If you do not smoke, it would seem illogical to start.|
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