What do Grinders do?

  • Grinders do a few thing. The most important are that grinders with screens collect the “loose” pollen, known as kief to us stoners, that otherwise would be “lost”. It may not be much, but it quickly adds up over time. Grinders have the ability to shred tobacco/herb/cannabis quicker and give a consistently to whatever it is you're shredding.

Do you need a Grinder?

  • No, not if you like getting sticky fingers. Depending on who you talk to, people either love or hate them. If you're using your hands now, and that works for you, there's nothing wrong with that.
  • If you want to try a grinder, see if you can find a friend that has one. It’s very likely that they have no problem showing you how it works and would be happy to let you give it a test run. Especially if you supply the stuff to shred.

What's the difference between Zinc and Aluminum Grinders?

  • Zinc is a fairly soft metal. As such, it’s easier (therefore cheaper) to CNC (cut from a block of metal) compared to Aluminum. 
  • Aluminum, being harder, basically boils down to the teeth being stronger and the body being dent resistant.

What about Titanium Grinders?

  • They don’t exist. Titanium is incredibly expensive. And it’s incredibly strong. It would take forever to machine a grinder from Titanium. * A full Titanium grinder would cost north of $80 at a minimum.

What’s the difference between Zinc and Aluminum Grinders?

  • Zinc grinders are going usually going to be priced lower due to the strength difference between zinc and aluminum.
  • A small step up from Zinc Grinders, there’s Aluminum Grinders. The quality of these grinders is slightly better than Zinc Grinders, but generally, they are the same design with an increased strength. 

    How much should I expect to pay for a high-quality grinder?

    • Between $25-$75.
      • This range depends on size, a small quality grinder (2-inches tall by 1-inch diameter) will be $25-$35 and a larger grinder (3-4-inches tall by 2-3-inches wide) will be $40-$75.

    I got a new grinder and I heard I should shred paper in it first… Why?

    • Grinding paper is the easiest way to tell if you have loose metal shavings in your grinder. - It’s easy to tell because the paper will have dark marks on it.
    • Generally, the best practice is to wash your new grinder first. Dry it. Give the grinding pieces 20-25 full spins before running paper through it. If you see any metal shavings, it’s because your teeth are grinding together which is a sign of a poorly made grinder. 

    What should I do if my grinder fails the paper test?

    • Return it immediately!

    Why does my grinder make a squeaking noise?

    • If your grinder makes a squeaking noise, it’s because somewhere there is metal rubbing against metal. Generally, that’s a bad thing and the grinder should be returned. 

      What does a Kief Chamber do?

      • Kief Chambers are like piggy banks that collect all of the wonderful crystalline-like molecules that are knocked off your cannabis, er I mean herb, during the grinding process. These delicate treasures slowly build up over time and would otherwise be deemed “lost” without a dedicated collection device.

      Where can I find one of these magical grinding devices?