Vintage Lighter Repair and Service: Wick/Flint Basics

A basic understanding of flint/wick lighters.

This article was prompted by an EBay customer who wanted a refund on the 1930s era brass/glass lighter they purchased because they didn’t believe it was in “working order” when they unwrapped it and it would not light. They hadn’t considered you had to put fuel in it.)

Flip-Top Petrol “Zippo” Type Lighters19502 General Electric Zippo

I’m writing this article from the standpoint of service on and repair of your basic flip-top Zippo/Ronsonol fuel(naphtha) petrol type lighters. I don’t have any complaint with Zippo, I love them. I am however, currently infatuated with Champ Austria, mainly because of the flip-up wind cage design. The same elementary mechanics are employed in most vintage lighter repair and service projects. If you can manage to work a screwdriver and Continue reading “Vintage Lighter Repair and Service: Wick/Flint Basics”

Selling Vintage Lighters on Ebay: The Coolest I’ve Ever Seen

My first Beattie Jet Lighter will not be my last.

Back in the Day

Beattie Jet Lighter

I remember when I was a kid my dad telling me stories about the things he did during his time in the U.S. Army. These stories always had elements of difficulty: drinking ones own piss out of a boot, cross-country skiing , field stripping your service weapon blindfolded.

Now, he didn’t do all those things himself but if he didn’t do it he saw someone do it and while these things are all challenging, he told the stories with so much fondness and detail that I knew these Continue reading “Selling Vintage Lighters on Ebay: The Coolest I’ve Ever Seen”

New Torch Lighter Review: Ronson, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Premium Spark

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ReviewActual 5 Lighters Being Reviewed

In the last year, I have purchased no less than five new butane torch lighters. This article will review the pros and cons of these five lighters along with the price I paid and the place I bought each lighter. The links provided will take you to that product’s page on Amazon.com. By you clicking these links and purchasing, we will earn a commission. Your price will be the same whether you click our link or navigate to Amazon some other way. Continue reading “New Torch Lighter Review: Ronson, Ultimate Survival Technologies, Premium Spark”

What To Do With Old Cigarette Lighters: Can They Be Repaired?

With just a little attention, many of these old relics would be as useful as ever.

The Wheat from the Chaff

I recently purchased several large lots of old cigarette lighters. There are always certain attributes of a lot that pique my interest. If the lighters were purchased online then ordinarily I don’t really know much about them until I get them in my hands but once I do, there are a myriad of vintage lighter repair projects that could be necessary.

For instance, I may purchase a lot containing 40 lighters that I have to judge off

Champ Austria
Champ Austria Lighter

Continue reading “What To Do With Old Cigarette Lighters: Can They Be Repaired?”

Collectible Vintage Lighters: Allen-Haddock Co. Sterling Silver 3 Barrel

A Lighter Mechanic’s Conundrum

A Needle in a Haystack

One of the coolest things about buying and selling collectible vintage lighters is the sheer number of different lighters that pass through my hands. I love seeing them but what I really want is to use them. Continue reading “Collectible Vintage Lighters: Allen-Haddock Co. Sterling Silver 3 Barrel”

Zippo Lighters for Sale on Amazon: A Lighter Mechanic’s Review

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Modern Technology Makes Amazon Your Best Bet For Authentic Zippos

Where’d All The Salesmen Go?Zippo Windproof Lighter

Back in the day there were actually guys(not being sexist, remember this was a long time ago, they didn’t even have the internet) that went door to door with briefcases full of samples of products that they were authorized to sell.

The world doesn’t work that way anymore. People don’t sit around waiting for some poor salesman to show up and sell them something. They get on Google, type in something like “Zippo lighters for sale on…” and they buy it. Continue reading “Zippo Lighters for Sale on Amazon: A Lighter Mechanic’s Review”

Vintage Cigarette Lighters for Sale: Salvaging Our Past to Save Our Future

An exploration of a lighter that time forgot.

I Am a Lighter Mechanic

Made in TENN, USA
Park Lighter

I buy and sell vintage lighters on EBay. Most of what I buy are in bigger lots purchased from various sources. As you can imagine, I come across some very interesting things and am constantly being educated about vintage cigarette lighters for sale that are still relevant in today’s market. Continue reading “Vintage Cigarette Lighters for Sale: Salvaging Our Past to Save Our Future”

Collectible Vintage Lighters: Are They Worth Using?

A brief sampling of very old lighters that still get the job done.

A Warning.

If you have come to the conclusion that using collectible vintage lighters to make

Ronson Standard
Ronson Standard Chromium Butler

fire is the path you’re going to follow, then I want to say be careful. Any time you are working with any kind of fuel you need to make certain that your workspace is properly vented.

I’ve been doing this for a while and fortunately I haven’t had any catastrophic events. I have however, had a fire or two that if I hadn’t been prepared could have led to something really bad. Continue reading “Collectible Vintage Lighters: Are They Worth Using?”

Zippo Lighters for Sale at Wal-Mart: An Alternative

A Benevolent Post-Industrial Manifesto

How Much Convenience Do We Require?

Jet Lite
Ronson Jet Lite

Have you ever paid attention to the Zippo lighters for sale at your local Wal-Mart, Winco or other retail chain? No? Well, if you have come to this post then you likely have some interest in lighters. Maybe you don’t smoke but have family and friends who do.

Either way, you’re going to want to keep reading and pass this information along to anyone who uses a lighter.

So, I was there in the store looking at the display of all the lighters available. It looked something like Continue reading “Zippo Lighters for Sale at Wal-Mart: An Alternative”