Bong Fight

Weed Star Blue Machine

Vs

EHLE Double Jointed

 

Weed Star Blue Machine Ice
Weed Star Blue Machine
Ehle Double Jointed
Ehle Double Jointed

Vs

WS Blue Machine

TALE OF THE TAPE

Ehle Double Jointed

3.2mm

Glass Thickness

3.0mm

45cm

Height

45cm

825g

Weight

700g

18.8 & 18.8

Joint Size

14.5 & 18.8

4

Pieces

4

Yes

Ice-Notches

No

No

Carb-Hole

No

FIGHT!

 

Category Rounds

Weed Star Blue Machine

EHLE Double Jointed

1. Joint Connection

9

10

2. Joint Strength

8

10

3.Glass Consistency

10

9

4. Glass Clarity

9

10

5. Aesthetics

10

9

6. Logo

9

10

7. Carb-Hole

10

10

8. Parts Quality

9

10

9. In-Bong Options

10

9

10. Cool Factor

10

10

11. Feel

10

9

12. Price

10

8

TOTAL

114

114

 

 

Round by Round Analysis:

 

1.     Joint Connection

A tight call actually, this round. Several random different down-tubes and diffusers were experimentally inserted and then wiggled about mercilessly. The 18.8 joint of the Ehle Double Jointed held them all firmly with no rattling, while only one of the Blue Machine’s two 18.8 joints held completely firm. The 14.5 joint of the Ehle, which features the downtube and bowl, was worryingly loose at first wiggle, but it can be turned and manoeuvred to hold fast.

 

2.     Joint Strength

The Weed Star gets put on its bum twice in this round and is delighted to hear the bell. It has standard joints, which will ultimately serve it well in the Price round, but the Ehle storms it in this one with its two precision-made joints that are almost twice the thickness of the Blue Machine’s all the way through.

 

3.     Glass Consistency

After long and hard thought and many taps of my shatterproof ruler this round must be awarded to the Weed Star Blue Machine. The Double Jointed has no flaws or particular weaknesses, but was always going to be at an disadvantage because of its hollowed base, inviting extra taps of the ruler and thus revealing itself to be a fair bit thinner there than the tube. The Blue Machine is solid through and thus wins its first round. 

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4.     Glass Clarity

The Double Jointed has to take this round, even though there are no particular blemishes in the Weed Star, but there is an extra dimension of clarity with the Ehle bong. The join of the joints and the bong is much smoother and less obvious.

 

5.     Aesthetics

Potential controversy here, as I’m awarding this round to the Weed Star. The Ehle does look very good, but there is something a bit skee-wiff about it. The joints are on opposite sides and you don’t really know whether you’re coming or going. The Blue Machine has none of these confusion issues and cheerfully employs the hooligan-giving-the-V-signs approach.

 

6.     Logo

The blue lowercase Weed Star logo looks a little tacky, though it does not look out of place or distract from the bong’s features in general. The Ehle logo is big but fills what would otherwise be a long empty space. It is well placed and has no obvious connotations to the pipe’s general usage of choice. You could probably quite easily convince an idiot that it was a scientific measuring device for dangerous liquids which you have borrowed from the local university for your home experiments on dangerous liquids such as really hot tea.

 

7.     Carb-Hole

That’s what I like to see. Two fighters coming out of their corners with a spring and a swagger and then furiously, savagely, not having carb-holes. Tied round.

 

8.     Parts

Slit-hole diffusers sometimes break because you look at them too hard. I can’t remain chaste and declare its inclusion as an advantage for the Blue Machine. It just isn’t. The Ehle parts are again high quality and precision-made. The difference is quite obvious, but it’s only a 10-9 for Ehle as I’m actually quite fond of the Weed Star stopper, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that Ehle stopper somewhere befroor as well.

 

9.     In-Bong Options

You have to weigh up the extra option that the ice-notches of the Blue Machine give you, against the advantage of having both joint sizes available on the Double Jointed Ehle. The problem is that the Ehle doesn’t come with an 18.8 downtube or bowl, so that particular advantage is not so advantageous. The wonders of adding ice are going to win the day I feel, as you can always get a Reducing Adaptor for one of the Blue Machine’s joints, seeming as you would have to buy the extra downtube and bowl for the Ehle 18.8 joint anyway.

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10.  Cool Factor

An awkward one and the time may be soon when Ehle begin to win this kind of round regularly. Their reputation is growing and growing, but Weed Stars have a special place in many people’s hearts because of their affordability and willingness to make many different styles. They are many people’s first bong and though they may move on to more expensive pipes over time and pay rises, there will always be a nostalgic affection for your very first bong brand. Draw.

 

11.  The Feel

The Blue Machine wins this round because it is that bit heavier than the Double Jointed. It has a real feel of a serious piece of equipment. I shall go so far as to say it feels manly. This particular Ehle will not score so highly in this round as many other Ehles will (wait for their 5mm Bent Necks to get in the ring), as it has a slightly delicate feel to it compared to the Blue Machine.

 

12.  Price

Weed Stars love this round and it’s another one for the Blue Machine At considerably more than half the price of the Ehle, it’s a wonder it managed to keep pace throughout the fight. Keep pace it did though and a storming finish means we have our first tie of Bong Fights. To the 13th round…

 

13th Round Tie Breaker

When we have a draw then the winner is decided by the very general public. It’s a plain straight popularity contest now, and the bare facts are that the Weed Star Blue Machine has been going for considerably longer and has a lot more ring-time. It has clocked up a hell of a lot more sales than the Double Jointed, which as of yet has failed to ignite itself on fire outside the houses of parliaments of the general public’s hearts.

And your winner, by split decision…

'I'm gonna murderise yer, I'm gonna brutalize yer. I'm gonna hit you so hard, when you wake up, your clothes will be out of style.'
‘I’m gonna murderize yer, I’m gonna brutalize yer. I’m gonna hit you so hard, when you wake up, your clothes will be out of style.’

8 Comments

  • Bun

    Ehle is a family company who have been making high quality borosilicate glass bongs for 50 years. All parts are made in house and they go through a temper process to make sure the glass is not stressed.
    The joint in always perfectly placed and the weld is always very clean.
    The quality control is very high. Not far from Roor.

    Weedstar are just bad copies of other company’s designs most probably made in china. Having the joints placed like that will make it weak.The downstem ends 2 ” from the bottom of the tube and the slit hole diffuser are not very good and are very thin(what is the point of 2 joints of the same size?).Although i do agree about the logo being very tacky.

    Yes they cater for a market and have a very wide selection for cheap. But if you a want a well made high quality boro glass bong from people who know what they are doing buy an EHLE.

  • Feltros

    You state at the start in the table that the weedstar has a carb hole, and then later in the carb-hole section that neither bong have them. Being that these are double jointed is a carb-hole really necessary anyway?

    I’d also be interested in how much water you can put in the Weedstar bong and how much of that actually filters anything since the diffuser doesn’t look like it goes down very far, yet the Ehle downpipe goes right to the very bottom of the water. What about a water capacity area of the competition?

  • Admin1

    Absolutely. The Ehle bongs have bridged the gap completely between the likes of Roor and the likes of Weed Star. Weed Stars never claim to be of superior quality though, they’re just affordable and offer a starting point into the world of glass.

    I think if they were any more expensive than they are then they probably wouldn’t get entered for these comparisons, but without a doubt Ehle are fast becoming the new Kings of Glass. I can’t see Roor.de giving up without a fight though.

  • Admin1

    Ah yes, Feltros, this is because I am an idiot. Thank you for pointing that out to me. I have amended the Tale of the Tape.

    I wouldn’t judge the Weed Star on the length of the diffuser, as that may have been put in there just for the picture. It’s an old picture and Weed Star do put proper length downtubes/diffusers with their bongs.

  • Feltros

    Looks like Weed Star are onto a definite winner then. a £30 bong that can rival the greats.
    Thats some impressively quick reply time too, good work Admin 🙂 Glad to see the EDIT team are still there keeping up the excellent customer service since the forum went.

  • Bun

    I know weedstar offer a wide range of cheap bongs but in the introduction it states bong fights is about design and construction.
    On that basis WS can never beat Ehle.

    Keep it up though.

  • Admin1

    You are right, of course, though the Round By Round Analysis is there so you can see why which bong scored what. The price has to come into it at some point though as each bong’s quality must be compared to its cost, hence why poorer quality bongs can even be compared to better ones such as Ehle.

    Appreciate your input though. Let me know if you think the Round Analysis can be improved in any way, or if there are other rounds that should included or excluded.

  • Bun

    Hmm you’ve got everything i can think off. Now just send me them both to test!!!

    On a serious note, a vaporizer comparison would be useful as the pros and cons are less clear than bongs.

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