Re: What is it what makes or breaks the hookah
Generally it's the open draw/wide gauge of the pipe, material used and design, which makes for an overall experience and smokeability. I've had quiet a few generic egyptians that weren't any different from a km as far as smoke quality, the difference was in lighter stainless steel construction and a simplistic design. And there's no doubt of the fanboyism hyping km's into stratosphere.
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