Before I continue onto the next pipe, I have a grading system which I use to rate pipes, and I'll do so for each pipe I post. I grade on the categories of Taste, Airflow, Purity, Impact, and Ease of Use and use a 1-10 scale. I include ease of use due to the fact that not every pipe can have any idiot just walk up to and use correctly, and frankly this is a social sport.
Manufacturer: Sovereignty Glass
Model: Peyote Pillar Percolator
Pipe Dimensions: 60mm x 38mm x 3.8mmthick
Style: Hollowfoot Base, Natural Bend Splash Guard (Natty Splash)
Retail Value: Commonly $1000-$1250
Specifications: 18mm Size Joint conection. Most models roughly from 18"-20" tall. German Schott Duran Glass.
The Sovereignty Glass Peyote Pillar is quite possibly the single-most-taste-preserving pipe I have ever had the chance to use. Despite the incredible amount of diffusion and filtration occurring no taste is lost in the entire exchange.
The Pillar Perc has the most unique chug and pull in comparison to any other pipe I've ever used. The pipe almost feels like its fighting against you, but as anyone who's ever hit one can tell you its certainly not the case. The second the bowl is pulled from the pipe, smoke almost instantly is cleared from bowl to entire chamber.
Once again, as clearly evidenced in the pics above, the amount of diffusion put out from the Peyote Pillar is unmatched. Filtration is top notch, and hits are extremely clean and crisp.
Extremely Impactful. Despite its small size, the incredible complexity of the pipe itself ensures plenty of room for large kill-shots if desires, while at the same time an early pulled bowl is more than satisfying for those who prefer smaller hits. Reagrdless, the pipe almost shoots smoke into your lungs, and a milk from a pillar can knock veteran smokers cold.
Ease of Use: 6.0
The one area the Pillar falters in. This is far from a beginner level pipe, and someone who's never seen one before would have a difficult time figuring out appropriate water-levels and operation. Additionally the pipe is not very adaptable to working with Ashcatchers, as a very precise level of pull is necessary to completely facilitate the pillars. However, it remains quite adaptable for use with domes and skillets.
Overall score: 10.0
Ok yes I know what you're saying, "If it got a 6.0 in the last category how can you give it a 10.0?". Well its because quite frankly, the pipe itself is truly perfect. While it may not be a beginner level pipe, this is not a pipe that should be used by someone inexperienced. This is a pipe that any true connoisseur can appreciate, and frankly ashcatchers and attachments aren't needed with this pipe, its perfect on its own. So while it may not be the easiest to use, anyone who does know how to use it will find a truly flawless pipe in their hands. Sovereignty is widely recognized as the first ever "Super-high-end Brand" of water pipes available, mostly in due to their flawless nature. Every SG piece is completely flawless from top to bottom. Non-bubble welds, high quality German schott Duran, and an intricacy in craftsmanship on every square inch of the pipe is what makes a Sovereignty Pipe completely different than any other brand. Perfect is the only way to describe this pipe.
Edited by Glass Bastard, 07 April 2012 - 04:11 PM.