those of you who have grown weary of me saying that for the most part
rollers are rollers are rollers, with few exceptions, I maintain that it
is a true statement. The
110 mm Rizla, and Zig-Zag ( http://www.zigzag.com/ ) hand rollers are really
functional and are in our opinion, the best made, but similarities in
design and functionality far outweigh any differences. Perhaps our
admiration for these products stems from the fact that all 100mm+ rollers
give one the ability to create high quality rolls using nearly any size, or length, of rolling paper and that
makes for compatibility that outweighs their added size. They last a long
time and are very easy to use. In fact, when we return from the RTDA show
in August, we not only will show you the latest in design for these handy
rollers but include a new feature to the magazine which is video
instruction on how to best use these and other products.
In the meantime, in addition to the 100 mm+ rollers mentioned above, the only real new product in this category that we have seen so far is the ZEN Blunt roller which ratchets up the length to 120 mm+. These new ZEN products were the subject of last issue's rollers review and after having some time to live with them continue to find them useful not only for Blunts, but handy as well for all length of traditional rolling papers, including the paper on a roll products such as RS Rolls.
We expect to see a whole new host of designs at the RTDA show in few days and will report on these as we expand this section when we return. In the meantime, however, there is one roller, which we reviewed way back in May of 2000, that continues to generate email. This is the Filtermatic RYO machine. Often priced as high as a Supermatic and always higher than the Excel injector, we have less enthusiasm for this product than some of our readers. That said, we do find that this unique machine has some interesting properties. Its design revolves around its ability to make double length cigarettes which are then cut in half. As a roller, though expensive, it is a very good one. The multiple cigarette function it claims of ten cigarettes at once is a bit of a mis-statement if taken literally. Yes, technically you can fill each of the chambers of the adapter (tobacco tray) that sits on top with tobacco and then begin rolling without adding more tobacco, but you really are still rolling one double-length at a time. Plus the adapter does not fit well enough to prevent leakage of tobacco into the other chambers so we found, and most of our readers find, that one long cigarette at a time is realistic. Still the roll it creates is very, very nice. You can add a filter element with more ease than with traditional hand rollers and the machine is more forgiving as far as tobacco quality and quantity. This machine also allows one to vary the diameter of the stick with little extra effort. It requires the use of special extra long papers which fluctuate in price and availability. Nonetheless, for some, the Filtermatic machine from AE Gibbs does have fans. The only place we know of who currently sells this machine and the papers it needs is Cascade Cigar & Tobacco. http://www.cascadecigar.com/. It is an interesting device and for those who like to fool around with contraptions, it can provide hours of enjoyable adventure. If you don't like tubes, but want longer or specialized cigarettes, we suggest you give it a try. Make sure you can find papers for it. It also is more expensive to use than injectors as the papers are more expensive and the added option of filter plugs cost nearly as much a pre-filtered tubes.
Let us know what you think about new rolling machines and especially your experience with them. We are, for the most part, injector-heads here at the magazine and would greatly appreciate any tips and experience you have had with any of the various products of this type that are available. Also feel free to Share with us any really unusual or older ones we have not discovered by attaching a JPEG of it (please keep file sizes less than 30k), along with a brief history as to how it came into your possession. We will likely use it in our next issue. If you have some real "treasures" share them with us and our readers. Contact us by clicking here or go to our Contact page for more information on how to get sample products to the magazine. Until we get back from the RTDA, enjoy - RYO - the ed.
We get a lot of mail about handrolling techniques and we feel it is pretty obvious how to accomplish this feat with simply tobacco, paper and two hands (in some cases one). So, we will continue to repeat the techniques, tricks and tips for true hand-rolling. As a preface, however, suffice it to say that hand rolling is mostly a matter of practice - not secrets. - RYO
Our thanks to Paul at TobaccoLovers.com ( http://www.tobaccolovers.com/ ) for the following graphics and text
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