Oh, those dense, tasty buds! Such sweet sticky fragrance. Not to mention sticky fingers. For the best smoke and smoothest joints, weed grinders are more than an accessory. They are a must-have tool of the trade. The earliest herb grinder in the world is the mortar and pestle, used in various styles by civilizations to grind flour for millennia. Originally just a pair of one large and one small stone, it later developed into the bowl-shaped stones and then wheel designs perfected with animal labor and eventually into wind – and water – mill designs for large scale use. Needless to say, these weren’t very light or portable.
The first portable weed grinders
The original centerless rotary grinder design and patent are attributes to Lewis Heim in 1905. Originally intended for grinding kitchen herbs and for use in apothecary shops, it was embraced by cannabis lovers shortly after.
Cementing its place in cannabis culture during the 1960’s, it remains a time-honored tool, more popular than ever. Shown above is a remake of the original 1905 style. Before separate collection chambers, users needed to empty and clean it if overloaded, then replace the herb to finish the job. Still, there’s nothing quite like a classic.
Cranking it up a notch
Along came the fifties and sixties and with them the functional twists of kitchen convenience. Early iterations of many modern appliances first showed up at this time, including the first grinders with handles, for easier turning. Check out the modern equivalent, above, with a storage compartment.
Grinding with grate-ness
Taking a cue from the cheese graters also found in many kitchens, the flat grate design has evolved with modern times to fit in any wallet, making it an ideal tool for on-the-go tokers, when pockets need to remain light. It takes a bit of elbow greas but gets the job done nicely.
The practicality of plastics
With plastic becoming a major player in the eighties and nineties, mass production of affordable plastic grinders became popular. Not only did the do the deed, but if they were lost, it wasn’t a total disaster. In addition, throwing them in a fire quickly destroyed the evidence. Still a perk today, if you have a fire handy.
The modern metal machine
Today, metal weed grinders are inexpensive, strong, and highly sophisticated. Most have at least three, sometimes five or more sections. Metal grinders handle the toughest herbs with ease, often sporting unique features like the one above. A slot on top for handy paper storage? Priceless.
Spy gear has fascinated for generations, with 007 stirring the fad into a frenzy. Today, innocuous ingenuity gives us the amazing watch grinder. Small but durable, it is always on hand, so to speak. Whether pink is low key or not is up to the wearer.
Along with blenders and coffee grinders, the ease of electricity turns any tedious task into a treat. Early electric weed grinders resembled blenders, letting herb bounce away from the blades. But the newest are works of engineering that do the job right, without having to fix the mess. The Chewy Grinder cuts joint rolling time from minutes to seconds!
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