First and foremost, this isn’t a competition between our brass pipes and the legendary Proto Pipe. However, as we often find that people draw a comparison between the two, we thought we’d lay our cards on the table and stack them up side by side. Even the great Warren Bobrow noted that at first glance, The Brockton resembled the iconic 70’s brass pipe. However, we think you’ll agree that they are two distinct pieces of machinery. Learn more about the differences between the two pipes, as well as what unites them.
Pushing Boundaries with Brass
Even though metal smoking pipes are relatively new inventions compared to wooden, stone or bone pipes, their history is no less exciting. As with most inventions, metal smoking pipes came to fruition as a result of smokers looking for a different experience. However, using brass remains a novel practice since so few pipe makers take advantage of the material. Offering a classic aesthetic and sturdy build, brass pipes set themselves apart from the pack. Of course, the Proto Pipe was likely the first well-known brass pipe on the market.
The Proto Pipe
With its invention dating back to the late 1960s, the Proto Pipe began as the brainchild of Phil Jergenson, who was a draftsman and model builder at the time. The classic brass pipe features:
- A modular pipe body
- Stash pod
- Permanent screen
The build of this pipe allows for disassembly when in use and re-assembly when on the go. The Proto Pipe measures 3 inches and weighs about 4 ounces.
Designed by Shawn Santiago in Toronto, Ontario, the Brockton originated in 2019. The first version of this pipe used pure brass, whereas the current version uses chrome-plated brass for a timeless shine. This modern brass pipe features:
- A modular pipe body
- Magnetic lid
- A bowl that lights from the bottom
- Changeable screens
The Brockton is designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, as well. However, this brass pipe measures 4.33 inches and weighs about 7 ounces.
Although both pipes have their initials engraved on their lids, that is about as similar as they get visually. The Proto Pipe has its lid screw on one side, while the Brockton’s is centred and secured with magnets. Additionally, the Brockton disassembles for cleaning (as well as for use with future accessories, but more on that later), while the Proto Pipe disassembles for use and cleaning. Both pipes use screens differently, with one being changeable and the other being built-in. Furthermore, the smoking experience is different, considering the Proto Pipe lights from the top, but the Brockton lights from the bottom, crisping the flower instead of burning it.