Roach clip

Roach clip

A roach clip is a clip, or other form of holder which is employed to hold onto the stub of a cigarette, usually a joint, that in this context is termed a roach, without burning the lips or fingers, and to facilitate passing the cigarette to others without dropping it. [ [ roach clip - Definitions from ] ] [ [ roachclip - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary ] ]

= Types =


The classic roach clip is the hemostat, a surgical tool resembling a lightweight needle-nose pliers with loop handles and a locking mechanism originally intended to clamp blood vessels closed during surgery. Their size (usually four to six inches in length) and shape (available with straight or bent tip) makes them ideal for smoking the roach without burning the smokers lips. They are popular enough as roach clips to be sold at " head shops".fact|date=April 2008

Alligator Clip

Another popular type of roach clip is the alligator clip. These are generally smaller in size (one to three inches in length) than hemostats but, since they have a spring to hold onto the roach, it is easier to hold onto the roach.

Amish Clip

An Amish Clip is a wooden clothespin that takes on a secondary role similar to that of the roach clip. However they are employed to hold the whole joint as well. These clips can be fabricated from any type of clothespin except plastic, although non-pine wood is preferred. Some Amish clips are fashioned with Dremel tools to have a more ergonomic feelfact| date=April 2008, sometimes making it easier for ones lips to create a seal. This clip's naming, since usage was already common, is believed to have originated in Beaumont, Texasfact|date= April 2008.

Jefferson Airplane

A Jefferson Airplane is a clip made by splitting a burnt-out paper match up to the head, putting the roach in between the split sections of the match, and holding the match by the end to smoke the roach or pass it to another.fact|date=April 2008


Very common household items such as paperclips, tweezers and keys, can be utilised as Roach Clips; often used when the better alternatives listed above are unavailable. In outdoor settings, pine needles, twigs, or other items with the right flexibility can be employed. A very simple roach clip (used widely in the 1960sfact|date=April 2008) can be made by tearing the end off of a book of matches and tightly rolling the cardboard into a cylinder, similar to a cigarette filter, that can hold the cigarette all the way down to the very end of the roach, thereby allowing the smoker to make use of every part of the cigarette. This is most often termed a "crutch"fact|date=April 2008 and allows the entire cigarette to be smoked without the risk of burnt fingers.

Cigarette Holder

Naturally a real cigarette holder can be used as a roach clip.

= Alternatives =

There exists "dovetail" joints, which can completely eliminate the need for both the roach clip and the filter as holding devices. The dovetail cigarette has a flattened end that is curved slightly, usually between one and four centimeters. Although this rolling style is mainly for aesthetic value, it also provides room for the smoker's fingers to hold the cigarette after most of it has already burned.Fact|date=December 2007

When smoking cannabis, a buffer can be made by rolling another smokable material (most commonly tobacco) in the mouth-end of the joint.

= US Trademark =

The actual word "Roachclip" was granted as a registered trademark of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to Matthew Leitz on December 27, 2005. The official registered use is a "Toy roach with a clip attached so it may be worn as a pin or used as prank to scare a friend". Citation on - fact|date=April 2008

= References =

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  • roach clip — noun metal tweezers used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach • Syn: ↑roach holder • Hypernyms: ↑pincer, ↑pair of pincers, ↑tweezer, ↑pair of tweezers * * * Slang. a small tweezerlike clip for holding the butt of a marijuana cigarette. [1965 70] …   Useful english dictionary

  • roach clip — AND roach pick n. a device to hold a roach and make it smokable. (Drugs.) □ When the cops find a roach clip on you, you’ve had it. □ They found two roach picks and a pipe …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • roach clip — noun Date: 1968 a metal clip that resembles tweezers and is used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roach clip — Slang. a small tweezerlike clip for holding the butt of a marijuana cigarette. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • roach clip — noun A clip or holder (usually a 1 electrical alligator clamp,) that is attached to a hand rolled marijuana cigarette, so that less marijuana is wasted …   Wiktionary

  • Clip — may refer to: In holding devices: Clip (ammunition), a device for storing multiple rounds together as a unit Sometimes confused with magazine (firearms) Paper clip, a device for holding several sheets of paper together Binder clip, a device used… …   Wikipedia

  • roach holder — noun metal tweezers used by marijuana smokers to hold a roach • Syn: ↑roach clip • Hypernyms: ↑pincer, ↑pair of pincers, ↑tweezer, ↑pair of tweezers * * * roach clip or …   Useful english dictionary

  • Roach (drug culture) — In US slang a roach is term for the remainder of a joint or blunt after most has been smoked. A roach can be smoked further through use of a roach clip, or by stuffing it in the screened crater of a one hitter. They are often discolored to a… …   Wikipedia

  • clip — 1. tv. to cheat someone. (See also clipped; clip joint.) □ That guy in there clipped me for a fiver. □ I didn’t clip you or anybody else! 2. tv. to kill someone. □ Rocko had orders to clip both Max and John …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • roach pick — Go to roach clip …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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