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Old December 28th, 2008, 07:25 PM
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Default Nour vs. KM

With the coming and going of the holidays, I've decided I want to get a new hookah. At first I was fully decided on a KM, but then I've been tossing around the idea of a Nour, and people who smoke a nour say it's almost exactly the same as a KM, though Nour pipes seem to be a little more aesthetically pleasing.

Money is of no object, really.

Any insight on a new pipe would be greatly appreciated!
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Old December 28th, 2008, 07:28 PM
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actually they are 2 completely different animals. however, make sure when buying a nour to get a model that has a downstem that goes deep into the base. i have seen too many syrian hookahs, nours included, that have a downstem that will require you to fill water into the neck of your base which is not good imo. i think syrian hookahs are really nce to look at and i like to smoke traditional shisha out of them ie nakhla, but i really prefer my km's for big smoke.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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I guess they smoke relatively the same, only the KM has a looser draw. The Nour rigs are laser etched (that's what it looks like) and have pretty intricate ornamental motifs, including on the ashtray.

But KM's can take more of a beating. Both pipes cost pretty much the same. You'll be happy with either one, only the bases on the Nours suck... badly.
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No offense, but the idea that a KM can take more of a beating than a nour is downright laughable.Most KMs' are nothing more than hollow pieces welded around a continuous downstem while Nours are solid brass cast around the stem.
KMs' are of a wider gauge tubing which makes for a bigger pull when smoking "big cloud" type moassel.
Nours, and most Syrian narghile, are made w/a narrower gauge tubing which may not have the ease of pull that the KMs' do, but imo, makes for a more concentrated smoke which ultimately means a more robust flavor.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:22 PM
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So I've been really intrigued by http://www.hookahcompany.com/tenere_..._3548_prd1.htm

I didn't see a review on it in the review section
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:24 PM
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x_Odin_x see what you went and did? these guys are going to start a fist fight here shortly.
another thing that should be mentioned is that the nour's hose is thinner and the bowls are usually ceramic where the hoses on the KM's are great and the bowls are egyptina clay ( a bit small lately)
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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No offense, but the idea that a KM can take more of a beating than a nour is downright laughable.Most KMs' are nothing more than hollow pieces welded around a continuous downstem while Nours are solid brass cast around the stem.
KMs' are of a wider gauge tubing which makes for a bigger pull when smoking "big cloud" type moassel.
Nours, and most Syrian narghile, are made w/a narrower gauge tubing which may not have the ease of pull that the KMs' do, but imo, makes for a more concentrated smoke which ultimately means a more robust flavor.
Preach it brother Abu! Syrian products in general are far heavier and longer lasting then KMs. This is apparent to anyone that has held both in their hands. Also, I've come to prefer the Syrian style 4 holed chambers and absolutely love the craftsmanship. Both KM and Nour make great rigs but Syrian stuff is better.
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Default Re: Nour vs. KM

if you do a quick search, you will see a video comparison that our good friend photolinger did between his nour and KM.

Personally, i would go nour. I think that are much more attractive, will probably last a good deal longer, and are at arond the same quality in every aspect.
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Money is of no object, really.
Really?!! I have a KM Tri-metal and a brass syrian. Your choice -- only $1600 + shipping!
For $1700, I'll throw in two (count 'em!) two rolls of quick lites!

Seriously, both smoke great so you won't go wrong with either one you chose.
If it comes down to it, just flip a friggin quarter. You win either way.
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I think I'm sold on

http://www.thehookahstore.com/index....roducts_id=167

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Default Re: Nour vs. KM

karakol is one of the nour models i personally dont like at all. but thats me.
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The fact that the purge valve is welded on does make me a little nervous, but otherwise it seems to have gotten pretty good reviews
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its not welded on. its just stuck. with a pair of pliers you can loosen it...ive done it to like 4 nour models.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 12:39 PM
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Default Re: Nour vs. KM

I've got both.

Looks: Nour hands down.

Smoke: My 23" Nour smokes as well as my 35" KM. Ease of draw makes this lean a tad in the KM direction.

Sturdiness/Attention to Detail: Nour.

When it comes down to it, just get whichever you think looks better and fits your style best.
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Default Re: Nour vs. KM

As I've always said, Nour FTW. I have a video on this...
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Thank you everyone for all of your help and input, I love you all.
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Well what hookahs do you own currently?
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I also have both (full disclosure: I have 1 Nour, 3 other Syrians, and 5 KM's). For this purpose I'll compare the Nour with a KM Dual Tone. Here's my $0.02:

Look: Both are beautiful pipes, but I'd give the edge to the Nour
Construction: Nour is much heavier, sturdier than the KM. Advantage Nour
Pull: Both have great pull (I'm lucky), however I'll give the nod to the KM
Other: You'll likely get a better hose with the KM. I also find with all of my Syrian's that the vase grommets suck. I've had to MacGyver mine up, otherwise the vase will fall off if I pick up the hookah by the stem. KM takes this category

Overall: If money is no object, I'd say buy both. However, if pressed I have to declare KM the winner.

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bah, the KM grommets give your wrists a better workout than they got when you were 13. My nour fits like a glove.
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My nour grommet didn't fit at all. My km doesn't fit perfect either, but fits better.
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