How Did Blazin Bottles Come Into Existence?
primarily started as a hobby for my father and I in an attempt to get him out
of bed and moving around more. After 22 years in the Marine Corps, my father
was forced to retire as a First Sergeant due to severe health complications. It
was these same health complications that eventually led him to a life of being dependent on the use of a wheelchair to get around. Because of his disabilities,
it has also been no secret that he smokes to relieve pain. It is because of his
smoking that eventually led us down a road that would become known
as Blazin Bottles!
When I asked my
father about what he currently smoked from, he showed me a several year old,
hand blown pipe that was quite small. When I asked if he had ever heard of a
steamroller he just shrugged and said “no I haven’t, but we can go out and look
for one if you would like?” So the next day we went out and found a glass shop and
eventually stumbled upon a steamroller. The steamroller that was purchased was
a hand blown piece, it was about 10 inches long and contained a measly 3.5 oz
chamber. This single pipe cost us $60 (it was on sale, marked down from $80)
After multiple days of smoking from this steamroller we began to notice several flaws, the
bowl was large and required that we used a lot of product every time we wanted
to use it, and it was extremely hard to clean!
As my father and
I began discussing the flaws with this steamroller, we began brainstorming on
how we could correct the issues. It just so happened that the day before, we
had bought a couple of Glass Bottle Coke’s from the store, and they were
sitting in front of us during this discussion. In the middle of our discussion
my father picked up his coke bottle and made the comment “It’s too bad they
don’t make steamrollers that are the size of this Coke bottle, it sure would
make for one hell of a hit!”
It was after
this conversation that we began searching and scouring the web for anything
similar to what was described. To no avail, we couldn’t find a single representation
of what was discussed earlier. Once we realized that nobody had ever built such
a thing, we decided to take it upon ourselves and begin the prototyping
After many broken bottles, 40 prototypes, 6 different bowl variations, and 12
different carb sizes, we finally settled on what was to become a Blazin Bottle!
After we soft
launched our product on March 4th, we created social media
accounts in an attempt to connect with current smokers. At the first week mark
we begun sending out several promotional units to see how seasoned smokers would
react. Upon our discussions with the promotional testers, we were constantly
met with statements such as “This is one of the best pipes I have ever used!”
and “Truly a unique pipe that packs one hell of a punch!” It was with the support
from several different users that we decided it was best that we transition
from a hobby to a business!
CEO & Co-Founder
January 26, 2016 - Conceived the idea to turn a bottle into a steamroller novelty pipe.
February 15, 2016 - Began prototyping with different bottles. (We finalized our design after 40 total prototypes, 6 different bowl variations, and 12 different carb sizes)
March 4, 2016 - Soft launched and officially became known as Blazin Bottles.
March 7, 2016 - First met with a patent attorney and began the patent process.
March 14, 2016 - Officially filed our patent.
March 21, 2016 - Ceased accepting orders as we decided the product was indeed desired by the general public, so we began the transition from hobby to business.
April 15, 2016 - Officially launched our company. This official launch included, refreshed packaging for the products, the introduction of our Blazin Ambassador Program, as well as we added the Blazin Kit to each bottle sold.
May 23, 2016 - Officially launched our charity program, "Blazin for a Cause"!
July 1, 2016 - We began offering International Shipping!
August 1, 2016 - Officially launched the "Build-A-Bottle" program which allows our customers to send in a bottle of their very own to be transformed into a custom Blazin Bottle!