The Four Hitter puts a new spin on a classic, with a larger reservoir for marijuana and easy ash ejection. (Ben Livingston, The Cannabist)

Four Hitter: When a one-hitter just won’t do (review)

In a world full of vape pens, use of the old-school one-hitter must be declining faster than portable CD players in the iPod age. The vape pen requires no lighter, cleans easily, doesn’t smell like an ashtray and perhaps most important, all the cool pot people seem to be sucking on vape pens these days.

But truth be told, not only do I still listen to CDs in an iPod age, I occasionally buy cassette tapes from the thrift store for my truck stereo. Perhaps not surprisingly, I also regularly carry a one-hitter.

For the uninitiated, a one-hitter is a small pipe or “bat,” usually made of metal, that holds a single toke of marijuana. Little more than a short length of metal tubing, one-hitters are designed to be shoved into a small container of crushed cannabis — a “dugout” to continue the baseball analogy — to pack one end with a pinch of pot.

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Since I’m among the anachronistic stoners who still use a one-hitter, I was excited to receive a product intended to improve upon this old-school pot paraphernalia: the Four Hitter. Explained simply, the Four Hitter holds four times as much pot as a standard one-hitter. But beyond super-sizing the bowl, the device has a spring-loaded interior tube that allows the user to easily eject the ash by pushing down on the mouthpiece.

Life is about little things, and sometimes clearing my one-hitter can be a minor annoyance, so I really appreciate the easy ash ejection system. And the device disassembles for thorough cleaning, so keeping it unclogged should be easier than with a standard bat. I also appreciate the jumbo bowl (how many daily tokers actually take one hit, right?).

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One problem with the Four Hitter is the size: it doesn’t fit in a standard dugout, and the manufacturer doesn’t sell custom containers to hold the thing. But the Four Hitter has a much bigger problem than its size, and that’s the $45 price tag. Most one-hitters cost less than $10, and similar ash-ejecting bats exist on the market for a few bucks more. Call me a penny-pinching codger, but I don’t appreciate paying more than $1.99 for cassette tapes, and I’d be hard-pressed to recommend anyone purchase a $45 metal bat.