Titanium nails are the indestructible powerhouses of the dab world. With excellent heat retention for prolonged dabs, these metal nails are preferred by dab-lovers everywhere for their durability and design.
There are a growing number of titanium-built options, from bangers to nails to e-nails, depending on your current dab rig setup.
What is a titanium dab nail?
A titanium nail, also called a ti nail, is the dab rig accessory that gets hit with a butane torch. As with all aspects of the dab rig, it comes in many different sizes and styles, including male and female joints and in 10 mm, 14 mm, and 18 mm joint sizes.
Other variations include nails that come with a dome (or the ‘bowl’), universal nails, carb caps, drop-down arms, and sidecar styles. If you can dream it up, it likely already exists as a dab nail design.
What is a titanium nail used for?
No matter what size or shape, titanium nails are used exclusively for dabbing. A nail works in combination with a dab rig, sitting between the joint and the banger. You use a butane torch to rapidly heat the nail to the desired temperature, place the dome over the top, and dab a drop of concentrate.
Are titanium nails bad for you?
There are different grades of titanium, but only a few of which are suitable for the high temperatures you’d expect in the dab environment. This means looking for Grade 1 or 2 in the product description, which indicates a medical grade or higher.
Any lower grades of titanium could have other metals mixed into the component and risk heavy metal leaching following exposure to high temperatures.
- Joint size: 18.8 mm
- Material: grade 2 titanium
- Price: $20.00
- Joint size: universal (10,14, 18 mm)
- Material: grade 2 titanium and quartz
- Price: $47.99
Joint size: 10 mm
Material: titanium and glass
Shape and style: nail with nectar collector
- bulbous glass nectar collector reduces wastes
- individual pieces quickly come apart for easy cleaning
- kit includes keck clip for safe handling
Finally, this is a 10mm titanium nail with a flare. This nearly unbreakable titanium nail comes with two additional features to elevate your next dab session: a glass nectar collector and a keck clip.
The beautiful nectar collector helps you capture every last bit of your evaporated wax, shatter, or resin, even if you have to catch your breath in between. The glass chamber helps cool down the smoke for a more enjoyable hit. Plus, the keck clip keeps the titanium nail secure in the ground joint of the nectar collector.
Thanks to the two-part design, this dab nail is impossibly easy to clean as each piece quickly comes apart. This Glass Nectar Ti Nail is perfect for 10 mm rigs.
Joint size: 14.5 mm
Material: grade 2 titanium
Shape and style: Nail only
- advanced heat distribution technology
- universal compatibility with any 14.5mm male joint
- long-lasting heat retention
The Flux Titanium Nail is ideal for just about any 14.5 mm male joint and compatible dome. It is a traditional ti nail that is unbreakable, affordable, and can withstand high temperatures thanks to the Grade 2 titanium material.
The team at Flux used years of personal cannabis experience to manufacture a shatterproof titanium nail rig that uses a revolutionary air intake system that facilitates even heat distribution. So if you’ve been frustrated with variable, slow heat-up times with other titanium nails, this 14 mm ti nail will instantly change your opinion on the matter.
Joint size: 18.8 mm
Material: grade 2 titanium
Shape and style: adjustable, banger
- made from heat-resistant material, ensuring no exposure to heavy metals
- 18 mm and virtually indestructible
- designed with a threaded shaft for an adjustable configuration
For those looking for the right nail to fit with an 18 mm female joint, the ERRL Gear Adjustable Titanium Nail is an inexpensive yet innovative solution. This 18.8 mm male joint is only two inches long, but it’s built around a threaded shaft. Using the disc, it’s possible to adjust the height to best suit your rig.
Made from high-grade, heat-resistant titanium, you can rest assured that no unwanted heavy metals are leaching into your cannabis concentrate during dab sessions. Moreover, it’s made in the USA, which means it’s crafted by folks who take dabbing seriously.
Joint size: universal (10, 14, 18 mm)
Material: grade 2 titanium
Shape and style: Baseball-style carb cap attachment
- replaces a dozen or more dab accessories with a single dab nail
- carb cap attachment snaps closed with a flick of a finger
- available in gold or silver finish
The HoneyBee Titanium Dab Nail with a combined carb cap refines the dabbing experience by building a dozen or more accessories into a single do-it-all component.
First, it fits into any sized joint, from 10 mm to 14.4 mm to 18.8 mm, plus it will work with male or female versions. Second, you can toss that collection of carb caps because this nail comes with its very own baseball-style domed cap. With a flick of a dab tool, it snaps shut, to ensure you’ve completely burned through the last of your precious concentrate.
Joint size: 14 mm to 18 mm
Material: grade 2 titanium
Shape and style: domeless
- compatible with Pyptek’s Pocket, Titan, and other 14 to 18 mm dab rigs
- unique intake and diffuser design for incredibly smooth hits
- made and manufactured in the US
Pyptek has designed the Prometheus Embyr Domeless ti nail to fit into any 14 to 18 mm female joint, but it has been specially created with the Pyptek system in mind. Combined with the Pocket or the Titan, this is an innovative and nearly indestructible pipe system suitable for the ski slopes and the backcountry.
The nail itself has an innovative diffuser system that helps control air intake, delivering smooth, reliable hits every session. This is a domeless design that is manufactured in the USA out of medical grade 2 titanium. Combine with the PypTek Carb Cap for added enjoyment in a complete turn-key concentrate pipe system.
Joint size: universal (10,14, 18 mm)
Material: grade 2 titanium and quartz
Shape and style: 6-in-1 nail and banger kit
- designed to replace an entire kit of dab accessories with just one nail
- winning combination of titanium components, including a quartz banger option
- compatible with just about any dab rig, including the Axial e Nail setup
For anyone tired of messing around with dozens of different dab nails and bangers, the Pulsar Axial 6-in-1 Titanium Nail combines everything you need into a single kit. This simple nail will fit, no matter the joint size, including 10 mm, 14.5 mm, or 18.8 mm. Plus, it works with both male and female joints — it is truly a universal component.
This dab nail also comes with two different bangers (cups): a titanium cup and a quartz one. So depending on your mood and what concentrate you are dabbing, you can choose the appropriate banger. Both are made from high-grade materials and make your next dab an incredibly customizable one. And rest assured this titanium e nail works with the Axial enail.
Are titanium nails better than other nails?
There is a time and place for just about every dab nail, including for the titanium versions. The key differentiator with the titanium dab nails is their indestructibility. Glass and ceramic options won’t last as long, especially if you are prone to fumbling between dabs.
Titanium nails also hold their heat a lot longer than glass or ceramic nails, which can be helpful depending on how you prefer to dab. For example, a titanium nail could work for long, slow inhales and huge hits, thanks to the ability to maintain heat.
Final word: important things to know about dabbing
Dabbing has rapidly grown in popularity among chronics and connoisseurs alike. It’s a means of getting powerful vaporized hits of concentrate without the smoke as you’d expect from a bong or bubbler.
To get started dabbing, you’ll need a dab rig. This is essentially a specialized bong with various accessories (dab nail, banger, cap, and more), which you use in combination with a butane torch. Dabbing is best suited for those experienced with THC because a single dab of concentrate can contain as much (or more) THC as a full joint.
If you are new to the world of dabbing (don’t worry, there is a dab guide for that), start with a tiny amount on the end of your dab tool. Don’t keep dabbing until you know exactly how the high has hit. Once your tolerance level can handle big doses of THC, you can begin to explore the flavors of live resins, shatters, and waxes.
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