Originally Posted by mattathayde
um 10 bucks for a hand blown tip, good luck with that, most lamp workers are probably going to laugh at you for that. your looking bare min of 15 for a very simple one and pushing 30-50 for a nice tip. as to the fragility of it, pyrex is super strong, ya if you drop it on concrete it has a good chance of breaking but so does acrylic and wood
I don't know what you're talking about price wise, It would probably cost something ridiculous like that if I went to an American glass blower. Anyway, If I was going to do full production, I already know glass blowers in india, and for something like that it'd be under ten bucks a piece easy.
As far as material goes, pyrex can be over-rated and questionable sometimes. Good glass material now a days is borosilicate and another one that I want to say is schott glass.
And uh... since when does a wooden mouth-piece break when hitting concrete?