The thick glass has a nice feel and weight to it which also means it is less likely to break or chip if dropped or set down heavily. Also comes in handy if knocking against an ash tray to clear it out. One of the best features of this bowel is its large marble handle which makes for easy pulling and holding meaning no more scorched finger tips. The large marble also adds a nice decorative feel when sitting at the end of the stem. The glass joint allows for an air tight seam between the bowl and down stem which allows for easier pulls and smoother clears all adding up to a great rip.