I didn't know faux bamboo was a thing. What material is it, and why don't they just use bamboo? Radicle seems like too up-market to use faux anything.
I’ve never owned one with bamboo. Is the crackling in the surface of the bamboo itself, or in some kind of varnish/shellac finish on the bamboo?
The crazing/crackling of the surface is the bamboo, not an applied coating.
Age seems to do it when it happens, but it doesn't always happen.
There are a gazillion sub-species of bamboo, so maybe some kinds do it and others don't? No idea. The overall look and feel is cool, though, in a patina sort of way, which is why some makers try to fake it a la pre-colored meerschaum and fumed rims.
I always figured it was for people who didn't like the rim to blacken.. that way it already is so you don't have to worry about it. hahaThat’s what fumed rims are about- imitation carbon? Same idea as pre-ripped jeans? I was never a fan but that rationale would never have occurred to me.
I’m probably not the best person to answer since I’ve never owned one, but I have heard others say that it might have a slight drying/cooling effect on the smoke. I don’t know though.Why the bamboo anyway? Is it an aesthetic thing or does it actually serve a purpose for the smoking aspects?
Not sure if that’s the case, though I’ve heard this as well, I think it’s aesthetically pleasing though. Some people don’t like how they color but I certainly do.I’m probably not the best person to answer since I’ve never owned one, but I have heard others say that it might have a slight drying/cooling effect on the smoke. I don’t know though.