I wrote here about chemistry sets as gifts for science-minded youngsters, and at the time, the only recommendation I could make was the Thames and Kosmos line (which are definitely still worth a look). A reader sends along another possibility, though: the Heirloom Chemistry Set, a deliberate attempt to recreate the classic sets of 50 or 60 years ago. It’s not cheap, but it certainly looks like the real deal. This part, though, is cause for concern:
Regarding equipment, while we have shipped custom chemistry sets (both chemicals and equipment) to customers in each of the 50 states for the past 10 years it needs to be noted that some states do frown on its citizens owning chemical glassware. We recommend that if this is a concern to you that you contact your state and/or local authorities to ascertain what may be allowed.
Does anyone have more detail on this? Can you really get in trouble for owning Erlenmeyer flasks, beakers, and graduated cylinders, the kind of everyday chemical glassware sold with this set? I’m pretty sure that most backyard methamphetamine jockeys don’t bother with decent glassware, you know?