Khalil Mamoon VS Shika
When it comes to traditional pipes, two names come to mind. Shika & Khalil Mamoon are the pipe makers based in Egypt. Each company is popular for certain attributes that their products feature. Today we will go over both brands to help you determine which brand best suits your hookah needs.
The Khalil-Mamoon company has been around since 1873. Initially, the organization focused on furniture and household items and was named after the owner. Hookahs were such a top selling item that they shifted their focus strictly on manufacturing pipes and was also branded with the owners name which today we use the acronym KM for Khalil-Maamoon. Khalil's are most definitely the oldest brand to modern day that manufactures water bongs for tobacco. Each piece is still hand crafted and assembled by blacksmiths who do this on a full time basis in Cairo.
Known for their designs, pipes come in hundreds of variations and are considered unique to to there hand made process. Brass is the main raw material used to create and manufacture at the factory. Artisans take the time to etch each stem so that the end result is breathtaking. Each Maamoon has a smooth draw and generally smoke the same whether it's a mini or a full sized pipe. These pipes are mass produced and are economically affordable.
Shika Hookahs have been around since 2013. They started producing simple and classical designed pipes. Fast-Forward 5 years later and Shika is the new big boy in town. Shikas are know to be the luxury class of Egyptian pipes. Authentic and hand-crafted, Shika is a top seller in the industry! Each piece is produced with time and care and the details prove it. Also based out of Old Cairo, pipes are produced of high quality brass and are finished and polished to perfection.
Shika is different compared to other makers in the way they are produced and sold to the end user. Shika prides itself by staying classy and traditional while adding features to serve the modern world. The complete package includes washable hoses to ensure its consumers are able to use multiple flavours while other traditional manufacturers include non-washable hoses which end up rusting and therefore eventually need to be replaced if not maintained. Another choice the company has decided is to include is Phunnel heads that fit heat systems which is basically the new standard. These beautiful pipes hold the popularity of being wide gauged, which means no restriction while taking a drag. Shika pipes are limited in quantity as they are seasonal items due to the longevity of producing an individual stem. The latest version from the maker is the V4.5 line which includes updated features such as an open purge valve and adjustments to the weldings for a more finer and crisp look.
Which Pipe is For You?
Now that we have gone over both brands, which hookah best suits you? Are you looking for affordability? Do you want a luxury hookah with high performance? What is your last in aesthetics? You get to decide. For all your hookah needs check out Oxide Hookah to purchase a Khalil Mamoon or Shika Hookah.