Knife Dabs: Homemade Dabbing
There are many ways out there to dab. Now, I’m not talking about the dance move, I’m talking about smoking marijuana wax. You could smoke it out of a rig, out of a pen, out of a nectar collector, or out of the many other ways available. The problem with most ways to dab is that they require items that are either expensive or hard to get. Sometimes, people want to be a able to dab but not go out and get the stuff for it. For those people, I introduce knife dabs.
What It Is
Knife dabs are a poor man’s way of dabbing. They are perfect for the times that you do not have the proper equipment to dab. You can take knife dabs with three items all found in a typical household:
- a plastic bottle (2 liter soda bottle is recommended)
- two metal butter knives (or one knife and a paperclip)
- a heat source (a stove or a torch)
Most people have a bottle, two knives and a stove in their house. A torch would be easier to use than a stove, but this is the poor man’s method, so let’s assume that there is a no torch available.
Of course, you’ll also need some wax (there’s no way around not getting that).
How To Do It
First thing you do is cut off the bottom of the bottle. Cut it so that the bottom is open and flat. Next, cut out a small opening on the side of the bottle from the bottom (it should look like you are cutting out a door). Your bottle should now look something like this:
Notice how the knife fits into the opening on the side? That is how it should be. Make the opening big enough for the knives to enter, but small enough so that smoke does not come out of the sides. This is due to the fact that if the opening is too big, then more smoke will be able to escape from the bottle, meaning less smoke from that dab.
You may also notice that, in the picture, a paperclip is being pressed onto a knife. This is another way to take knife dabs compared to using two knives. We will explain both ways so that you can choose whichever works for you.
Once you have cut up the bottle, it is time to dab. Both methods of taking knife dabs are listed below:
Using Two Knives
Heat up both ends of the knives at the same time, and at the same heat (on the stove or with a torch). Once they are red hot (hover your finger over them to make sure they are hot enough, but be careful not to burn yourself), remove them from the heat, and now you can dab. But act quickly, since you need the knives to stay hot in order to take a dab.
Take your wax that you want to dab, and set it on one of the hot knife ends. Place the other hot knife end on top of the wax, so that the wax is sandwiched between both hot knife ends. Place both knife ends (still holding the wax) inside the bottle through the opening that you cut out. When the wax is placed between the knives, it will begin to burn and create smoke. Use the bottle to inhale all of that smoke, and press hard down on the wax with the knives. Once you do that, you have now taken a knife dab!
Using One Knife And One Paperclip
This method is very similar, but some things are different. Instead of heating up both, only heat up the knife. But since you are only heating up one knife, you need to heat it up much more compared to the method above. While the knife is heating, slightly heat the end of your paperclip. Make sure that you bend it how you want it so that it can hold a dab. Heat the end of your paperclip just enough so that it is warm, but not red hot.
Once the knife is done heating, place it in the opening of the bottle. Then, use your paperclip (with the end still warm) to pick up your dab. Place that on top of the knife (just like in the picture above). Inhale that smoke and then you have finished your knife dab!
You can take as many dabs as you want with these methods, just remember to reheat your knives for every dab. Now, this may not be the easiest or smoothest way to dab, but remember, it is the poor man’s way to dab, so it is only designed to get the job done.
Hope you enjoy those knife dabs. With some good quality wax and enough knife dabs, you can get pretty high! Just be careful not to burn yourself. Happy dabbing!
Knife dabs are a poor man's method of dabbing. You can take a knife dab with three items all found in a typical household.
How to smoke wax
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- What is wax?
- What are the different ways to smoke wax?
- Consistency matters: Choosing the right tool
- Step-by-step: How to smoke wax
- Step-by-step: How to take a knife dab
What is wax?
“Wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate named primarily for its appearance and texture. Somewhere between gooey, liquid concentrates like hash oil and solid, brittle concentrates like shatter, wax has an opaque appearance and a thick but malleable, wax-like texture.
“Wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate named primarily for its appearance and texture. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Depending on variables such as extraction technique, moisture, and temperature, wax can take on a number of different forms ranging from more liquid, runny wax to more solid, brittle wax. The runny end of the wax spectrum includes products like “budder,” which is known for being very malleable and squishy, almost to the point of being a very thick oil. The solid end of the wax spectrum includes things like “crumble” and “honeycomb,” which are starting to approach the texture and consistency of something like shatter.
Regardless of these differences, all wax concentrates fall somewhere in between oil and shatter. For many consumers, this middle ground makes wax especially easy to work with—not so fragile that you run the risk of breaking it into tons of small and hard to use pieces while also not being so runny that it’s difficult to scoop up and maneuver onto a dab nail.
What are the different ways to smoke wax?
Wax’s unique and easy-to-use consistency makes it a very versatile concentrate. You can smoke wax in numerous ways, including:
- On a dab rig.
You can smoke wax by using a dab rig. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
- Using a nectar collector.
- In a wax vape pen or another concentrate vaporizer.
- Added to a joint, spliff, or blunt.
You can add wax to a joint, spliff, or blunt. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
- Combined with flower in a bowl.
- Using a rudimentary knife dab.
Consistency matters: Choosing the right tool
Within the world of concentrates, there are numerous consumption methods, like taking a dab or vaping. While you can always find a way to make any of these methods work for virtually any type of concentrate, certain consumption methods tend to work better for certain types of concentrates. For example, hard and brittle concentrates like shatter can be easier to drop onto a hot nail than super runny oils, while oils can sometimes be much easier to use in a vape pen than a solid chunk of shatter. As much as possible, try to match your concentrate with whatever consumption method makes it easy to vaporize.
Step-by-step: How to smoke wax
Use your blow torch to heat the nail to the desired temperature. Remember, hotter temperatures produce harder-hitting vapors that also tend to be a bit harsh on the flavor, while lower temperatures tend to give you gentler clouds of vapor with much purer flavors.
Spread the wax around the hot nail and start drawing in through the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Once you’ve got the nail heated to the right temperature, use a dabber to scoop up a small blob of wax. Spread the wax around the hot nail and start drawing in through the mouthpiece. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the top of the nail while continuing to draw in with your lungs. When you’re ready to take your hit, lift the carb cap and clear the vapor from the rig.
To consume wax with a nectar collector, be sure you’ve got a clean surface on which to spread the wax. Since you’ll be dealing with high temperatures, be sure it’s also a heat resistant surface. The best options are trays or dishes designed specifically for this type of dabbing. Typically, these products are made out of quartz, glass, silicone, or other similar material.
Start by placing a small dab of wax onto the tray or dish. Now use a blowtorch to heat the nail of your nectar collector to the desired temperature. When it’s hot, put your lips to the mouthpiece, begin to inhale, and drag the hot nail across the wax. As soon as the nail touches the wax, it will instantly vaporize. Be sure you’re pulling in with your lungs the entire time so you inhale all the vapor without letting any escape.
The process of dabbing with an e-nail is almost the same as consuming wax with a regular dab rig. The key difference is, instead of manually heating your nail with a blow torch, you’ll use an e-nail to electronically heat your nail.
Once your rig is set up and ready to go, use your e-nail’s interface to input the temperature you want. As soon as the nail is hot enough, scoop up a dab of wax and spread it onto the nail as you begin to inhale. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the nail. When you’re ready to take a hit, remove the carb cap and clear the chamber.
There are numerous different concentrate vaporizers currently on the market, and the specific steps for using them varies slightly depending on the vaporizer you’re using. So be sure you familiarize yourself with your vaporizer before using it.
The process of smoking wax with a vaporizer involves dropping a dab of wax into a heating chamber or spreading it onto heating coils. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In general, though, the process of smoking wax with a vaporizer involves dropping a dab of wax into a heating chamber or spreading it onto heating coils. From there, you’ll turn the vaporizer on, input the temperature you want, let the device heat up, and then use the mouthpiece to inhale the vapor being produced inside the device.
Step-by-step: How to take a knife dab
What are knife dabs?
Knife dabs are a rudimentary method for consuming concentrates. In general, this should be considered a last ditch effort if you have no other way to dab. The process involves heating metal knives on a stove or with a blow torch until they’re red hot, using those knives to vaporize wax, and then inhaling the vapor.
What you need
Here’s what you need to take a knife dab:
- Two metal knives.
- Stove or blow torch.
- Plastic bottle.
- Scissors or knife for cutting the plastic bottle.
Step 1: Make your mouthpiece
Before doing anything else, you need to make a mouthpiece. The simplest way to do this is to cut a plastic bottle in half. Discard the bottom half but keep the top half. This will serve as a funnel for capturing and inhaling the vapor as soon as it comes off the knives.
Step 2: Get your dab ready
Scoop up a small chunk of wax and place it on the end of one of your knives.
Step 3: Heat your knife
Heat the tip of the other knife by either placing it on a hot stovetop or by hitting it with a blow torch. Either way, heat it until it’s glowing red. Once it’s there, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly—you don’t want it to be too hot or you’ll scorch the wax.
Step 4: Vaporize the wax
Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and hold it there with your lips or teeth. Now, in one hand, hold the knife with the wax on it. In your other hand, hold the hot knife. With the mouthpiece hovering above the knives, carefully place the tip of the hot knife on top of the other knife, sandwiching the wax in between them. The hot knife will instantly vaporize the wax. As the vapor rises, use the mouthpiece to suck up all the vapor. Repeat the process as much as you like. If the hot knife cools down too much, simply reheat it and start over again.
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