BOSM Advice: On Nails – Part 2, Style

Now that we have settled on a material for our nail, we now must answer the ever important question of style.

There are almost as many shape and size combinations for nails as there are strains of cannabis, and producers are constantly coming up with new designs. Each style of nail has its own pros and cons, a few of which we will go into here.

First, is the age-old debate between a domed and domeless nails. While the dome can help the nail retain heat and save you from a nasty burn if you’re not paying attention, it requires a smaller nail in order to fit both on the joint and is another piece of glass to break to boot. Since there is no discernible drop-off in dab quality between the two, we believe that domeless nails are superior for both their size, as well as their reduction of potential breakages.

So now that we have settled on a getting a domeless quartz nail, the last major question we need to ask is what shape will it be? While there are a plethora of different shapes that quartz nails will come in, here we will look at two of the most popular ones and our favorites.

Quave Club Banger: The nail of choice for many dab heads, the club banger was invented by the glassblower Quave and quickly became one of the “hot” (excuse the pun) items to have if you were serious about dabbing. A relatively simple design and able to hold large dabs, the club banger is very solid choice for most dabbing needs.

Pukinbeagle Thermal P: A relative newcomer to the nail scene, the Thermal P banger has been making waves recently and is notoriously hard to track down. Made in Colorado, these bangers feature a two-chamber design that allows for consistent heating all throughout the nail and keeps oil from slipping down the neck. The Thermal P also requires that you have a specially made carb cap which fit the opening at the top of the nail and allows the user control of airflow direction. This is a great nail, if you can find one.

It is hard to go wrong with either of these two nails, the Club Banger has a slight edge in usability since you do not need a particular carb cap to effectively use it, but the Thermal P has an advantage when it comes to heating properly and keeping your rig clean. Of course, these are just two options when it comes to nail styles and there are many, many more out there. We chose these because they are both guaranteed to be taste great and last a long time, but everyone has their own personal favorite and don’t let us stop you from dabbing the way you want as long as you remember to be kind and share with your friends.

A note on knockoffs: I know what you are thinking, “well Mr. Blogger, it’s all well and good to say we should buy these nails, but I don’t have $250 dollars to buy a Pukinbeagle and cap. Can’t I just buy a knockoff one for $5 off DHGate? Surely they aren’t that much worse.” In brief, yes, they are that much worse. You get what you pay for when it comes to nails and when you by one for $5 there is a not insignificant chance that you will get more than just quartz. This can include all sorts of nasty things that you do not want to be smoking. So if you do not want to buy a name brand nail, you should make sure that you are at least buying 100% American made quartz.

BOSM Advice: On Nails

So you’ve got hash, your fancy new dab rig, and are excited to try it out. The only problem is that you a need a new nail and are overwhelmed by all the options. Do you go domed or domeless, a club banger or thermal p? Is it worth it to buy the brand names, or can you just order one made from China? What about E-nails? Do not worry intrepid traveler we will answer all your questions here in the three-part Official BOSM Labs Nail guide.


The first, and ultimately most important, thing to consider when shopping for a nail is what it will be made of. For this, there are generally three options to choose from: quartz, titanium, and ceramic. Each of these materials has their own pros and cons so ultimately it will be up to you, the user, to decide what you are looking for in a nail.

First is ceramic. These nails are made of all natural elements and are the best of the three at heat retention. On the flip side of that, they also take the longest to heat up and as such you will likely wait comparatively long from when you first torch it to when you can dab. While not as flimsy as quartz is, ceramic can break from heat stress and impacts with enough force.

Second is titanium. The most sturdy of all the nails, titanium is second to ceramic when it comes to heat retention, and predictably, second to quartz in terms of heating time. These nails will never break on you. The biggest drawbacks are that it is susceptible to oxidation as well titanium being the worst at carrying flavor of any nail.

Third is quartz, our favorite type of nail. Starting with the negatives, quartz is the easiest to break of any nail and has the worst heat retention. Its sub-par heat retention is countered however by its ability to get hot quicker than any other type of nail. In addition to that, quartz is widely considered to have the best flavor of any nail. It is mainly for this reason that we like them so much. Our concentrates are made to preserve as much terpene flavor as possible and, in our experience, quartz nails are the best medium to translate that flavor to you.

That does it for part 1 of the Official BOSM Labs Nail Guide! Check the link below for Part 2: “Style”.