November 21, 2019 4 min read

Grinder Cards vs. Rotary Grinders:

Breaking Down the Grind

There are tons of strains within the cannabis industry, but not all of them refer to the flower options that your local budtender tries to sell you on.  

As eco-friendly awareness rises, we continue to question how to sustain our favorite plant, which requires around 23 liters of water every day. (Even though in spite of this, it never fails to leave us with cotton mouth.) But agriculture issues already receive most of our attention. What about all of the accessories that smoking requires? In a time where most products are made to be repurchased after a low number of uses, it’s important to ensure quality. Not to mention the necessity of getting something with a design you won’t mind looking at long term.

The Unavoidable Essential: Herb Grinders

One of the biggest staple pieces for every cannabis user (or as some call themselves: stoners) is the grinder. It lays out the foundation of every smoking session by shredding your flower to an optimal consistency. The traditional image that comes to mind is a rotary grinder, which utilizes its interlocking teeth to grind bud in a few twists. While these range in size and number of compartments, they are fairly similar overall. However, this is only one concept of what actually constitutes a grinder. Realistically, not all grinders need to be designed in this format, and if you like keeping a collection of accessories, it’s best to buy a grinder that requires less material. Each new innovation comes with added benefits, so it’s important to consider all options to suit your interests.  

Redefining the Archetype

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably aware that V Syndicate started with the invention of the Grinder Card—the industry’s first flat herb grinder. And if not, then you’ve just received your fact of the day. The initial concept stemmed from offering a portable, discreet (and less incriminating) option for herb grinding. Through developing the design and considering the amount of metal that the average grinder requires, the Grinder Card was able to minimize the excess. The first card was created back in 2010, when minimalism was a statement, and not just a trend in home decor. By utilizing only 5% of what is typically set aside for rotary grinders, Grinder Cards became the most earth-friendly option for breaking down bud. However, this is only one of the features.

The cards fit in users’ wallets or pockets, and work by swiping bud in an up-and-down motion against the grinder surface. Every card’s teeth are designed to keep fingers safe, with the sharpest sections embedded into the holes instead of raised above them. Your skin might be biodegradable, but we’d like to keep you intact. The material prevents rust, as all cards are crafted with medical grade stainless steel. There are three teeth variants that offer textures of fine, medium, and coarse, and every card includes anywhere from one to three of these options. Users can choose the best fit based on the type of accessory they plan on adding the herb into.   

Comparison: Grinder Cards vs. Rotary Grinders

Sustainability

As mentioned, Grinder Cards require less material than any other herb grinder on the market. Even owning a collection of 10 Grinder Cards will keep you at a fraction of the metal used in rotary grinders. However, if you do prefer to own a rotary, find a quality piece with longevity to ensure a reduced footprint.

Size/Shape

On average, Grinder Cards are created in a size and shape that is similar to a credit card. Another popular size format is one that fits neatly into rolling paper packs, so users can keep their essentials united. Beyond this, they can actually be customized for brands, with both grinder surfaces and card shapes/sizes fully adjustable to suit the desired aesthetic. On the other hand, rotary grinders vary only in size. The average grinder can be anything from a miniature, travel version of the common 2-piece grinder, to a 4-piece grinder that has four chambers. The additional chambers collect kief and trichomes.

Functionality

The teeth on Grinder Cards make them adaptable to every cannabis user. Whether you prefer to vape your bud, pack it in a bowl, or roll it in a joint, the right teeth size is there for you. All Grinder Cards double as blunt slicers and carb cabs, while certain ones even feature roach holders. Each card comes with a matching sleeve so you can protect your pockets against the aftermath. Comparatively, rotary grinders serve one function, and offer one consistency outcome every time. However, they are a good fit for keeping residue off your fingers.

Material

Grinder Cards are offered in stainless steel with variants on the color of metal. Rotary grinders can be found in plastic, metal, or wood. With these materials, both Grinder Cards and rotary grinders offer the option of being made in a selection of colors, and printed with various designs.

Brands

Grinder Cards are specific to V Syndicate, but as stated above, we offer them for private labeling so other brands can enhance their business marketing materials with style and utility. A few brands we’ve worked with in the past include RAW, Grenco Science, Genius Pipe, and more. Rotary grinders are not exclusive to one company, but many brands out there carry their own.

Conclusion

In summation, Grinder Cards are more eco-friendly, customizable, and compact than rotary grinders, but both are considerable contenders depending on your preferred setup. At the literal end of the day, there’s still just one answer: having a good sesh.


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