Collecting Vintage Cygnus Petrol Lighters: A Rabbit Hole To Disappear Down

With its unique thumb roller flint spring tension mechanism, the Penguin Cygnus petrol lighter stands out not only in the under-rated realm of Japanese made vintage lighters but in the vintage cigarette lighter world at large.

Estate Sale Find

The first Cygnus petrol lighter I recall seeing was in an online estate auction being offered with a group of four or five other items, one of the other items being a Thorens Single Claw. I was pretty green at identifying cigarette lighters at the time and it did remind me of the Dunhill Rollalite(I can’t recall if I’d actually owned a Rollalite at the time) but I noticed the novel thumb roller to the back and was intrigued. Continue reading “Collecting Vintage Cygnus Petrol Lighters: A Rabbit Hole To Disappear Down”

Ronson Debonair Automatic Petrol Lighter: A Bird Of A Different Feather

Or perhaps as one Oklahoma City sportscaster likes to say, “a different breed of cat…” While it has similarities and many of the parts look familiar, the Ronson Debonair stands apart from its Art Metal Works kindred both in function and design.

Vintage Ronson Debonair Automatic Petrol Lighter

My Initial Impressions

The Ronson Debonair Automatic Petrol Lighter looks like a fortress. It has a very solid base, which is rare for a pocket lighter but seems even more scarce among the multitude of Ronson models that fill flea markets, garage sales, Ebay and the like.

Something about the oval shape of the bottom of the average Ronson Standard type lighter makes it more difficult to manipulate the plunger mechanism, whether it is seated flat on a table or held cradled in one hand. Continue reading “Ronson Debonair Automatic Petrol Lighter: A Bird Of A Different Feather”

What Kind Of Wick Should I Use In My Vintage Petrol Lighter?

There aren’t a ton of options available when it comes to replacing the wick in your vintage cigarette lighter. That doesn’t mean you won’t have a decision to make nor does it preclude you feeling bloody and beaten, confused and forsaken by all the advice you can expose yourself to online. Here are just a few considerations I posit as useful to me as I have come to experience the world of vintage petrol lighters from the wrong end of history regarding convenience but the perfect time to salvage them from the heap.

What Would You Like Your Wick To Do Or How Would You Like It To Treat You?

Some folks simply need to click the file wheel and graze a flame with their cigarette. Easy, peazy put that lighter away. Pipe or cigar smokers, on the other hand, may require a more robust flame to ignite what they intend to combust. So, what kind of wick should I use on my vintage petrol lighter? Continue reading “What Kind Of Wick Should I Use In My Vintage Petrol Lighter?”

Military Presentation Lighters, Authentic Vietnam Zippos and Other Worthwhile Collectables

Making a YouTube video for one of the last items I still own from the best collection I have purchased to date not only made me dig a little deeper into the name highlighted on several of the lighters but also caused me to consider the prominence some military lighters enjoy over others and whether that position is justified.

Admiral Joseph James “Jocko” Clark

In the summer of 2018, I purchased a lighter collection in an online estate sale that included twenty-eight total items: 18 lighters, 9 cigar or cigarillo cutters and a piercer. Several of the Continue reading “Military Presentation Lighters, Authentic Vietnam Zippos and Other Worthwhile Collectables”

Dunhill Windproof Lighter: The Fusee(Rope) Mechanism That Requires No Fuel

This vintage trench lighter will combust your joint without you ever having to worry about the fuel evaporating into oblivion.

A Lighter That Never Needs More Fuel

At first glance, the Dunhill Windproof Lighter may look familiar in that it has similar or even identical features to other trench or petrol lighters of its day, while at the same time having one very obvious difference, that long-ass orange rope sticking out the bottom. Continue reading “Dunhill Windproof Lighter: The Fusee(Rope) Mechanism That Requires No Fuel”

Best Cordless Rechargeable Drills On Amazon For Vintage Lighter Repair

If you are gathering up the tools necessary for vintage cigarette lighter repair, it would be difficult to overstate the importance of a quality, rechargeable drill if you plan to have much success. Simple jobs may require basic tools but does a daunting task necessitate more precise equipment? In this article we will sort through these and other questions to make sure that you purchase the right tool for the job you have before you.

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How To Repair Vintage Cigarette Lighters That Won’t Spark

Whether you have inherited a family heirloom, hit the jackpot at the flea market or perhaps landed that lighter of a lifetime on Ebay, if it won’t spark you may have your work cut out for you before you are able to light your bowl with it. In this article, I will cover the main issues associated with vintage petrol lighters that fail to ignite and a few common techniques that will help to get most lighters functioning again.Drill and makeshift ramrod used to clear degraded flint from curved tube.

(Full Disclosure: clearing old, degraded, sometimes petrified flint from old lighters is without question my least favorite part of the job. Some of these techniques I learned elsewhere and some I developed on my own. None of them are foolproof and I have encountered more obstructed flint tubes than I care to recall that forced me to admit defeat.) Continue reading “How To Repair Vintage Cigarette Lighters That Won’t Spark”

How To Replace The Wick In Any Petrol Lighter

Nothing can dampen the thrill of finding a cool old cigarette lighter like a disintegrating or contaminated wick. While it can seem like a daunting task to the uninitiated, with a little bit of knowledge and a few common tools, just about anyone is capable of rewicking a petrol lighter.

Does My Lighter Need A New Wick?

There’s really only one reason you need to change the wick in a petrol lighter and that is it’s not lighting properly in one way or another.

You might want to change it if you’re going to sell the lighter simply so it looks cleaner. Sort of like checking under the hood of an automobile you are interested in buying, you may not know everything but if it looks clean you will probably feel better about the purchase. Your customer is the same way. Continue reading “How To Replace The Wick In Any Petrol Lighter”

Vintage Petrol Lighters That Were Built to Last: Thorens Semi-Automatic Single and Double Claw

Thorens Single and Double Claw Lighters, when functioning properly, are a thing of beauty, Vintage Petrol Lighters That Were Built to Last.

Tiny Machines

It is pretty comical, in comparison to most of what is available on the market today, to consider the craft and workmanship that went into the design, function and feel of the Thorens Single and Double Claw Semi-Automatic Petrol Lighters. They are true works of art and ingenuity and I never waste an opportunity to add another Thorens lighter to my Ebay store. Continue reading “Vintage Petrol Lighters That Were Built to Last: Thorens Semi-Automatic Single and Double Claw”

Dunhill Rollalite Petrol Lighter: An Elegant, Reliable Classic

The Dunhill Rollalite petrol lighter has some advantages over your typical vintage cigarette lighter.

Historical Background

The iconic Dunhill name has a reputation for quality, well-made cigarette lighters and other smoking implements. The company’s origin can be traced to Alfred Dunhill opening his first tobacco shop in London in 1907. Over time, Dunhill was responsible for some of the finest petrol, as well as butane lighters in vogue with discerning smokers the world over. Continue reading “Dunhill Rollalite Petrol Lighter: An Elegant, Reliable Classic”