The Weatherproof Zippo Lighter has Been an Invaluable Friend and Tool for Collectors and Users
George G. Blaisdell invented the Zippo
lighter in 1932, and got his thought after hearing about a large Austrian made pocket
lighter. Blaisdell was an oil drilling engineer who saw a market for a good looking lighter
that would light up even in rough weather. He formulated the first Zippo
lighter in Bradford, Pennsylvania. It got its zippo moniker because Blaisdell liked
the sound of the word zipper
A Zippo Lighter is a refillable, brass or stainless steel lighter. They are highly collectible
and 100s of different custom zippo lighter fashions have been made in the
70 plus years since their debut. From NFL Zippo lighters, to an
army zippo lighter
to a Truck Zippo, to a Solid gold Zippo lighter.
Zippos are almost always rectangular
in shape with a easy open lid . Unlike single use cheap plastic lighters that
are used and thrown away, Zippos are replenished with a Naphtha based liquid zippo
lighter fuel. By sliding the interior portion out of the outside housing, its user
can pour lighter fluid into a gauze packing material that incorporates a wick. The flint, which
gives rise to the spark of fire to light the wick, is replaceable.
It is affordable and exceedingly reliable. Filling a zippo lighter is tremendously less expensive than
purchasing one time use flame sources.
Zippos are considered windproof lighters, and are will stay
ignited in nearly any wind or weather condition. They grew to become common in the United States
army and navy, especially during the second world war military Zippo a military
zippo lighter was standard equipment for the majority of gentlemen in the Army, Navy, Air
Force and Marines. During that time, all Zippo lighters produced went to the
Allied war effort. In fact, during the war, as brass was needed for weapon systems,
the interiors of zippos were chiefly stainless steel. After the war was over,
Zippo reverted to the typical brass
Roughly 200,000 Zippo lighters were owned by U.S.
military people in the Vietnam War. One time, a Zippo lighter
carried in a shirt pocket stopped a bullet from getting into a soldiers body.
In addition, Zippo lighters are known for the lifetime warrantee they posess: if a
Zippo goes bad, no matter how old, the company will replace or fix the lighter
Zippo now faces two hard
challenges. Zippo has great name recognition, stemming from its part as standard
GI issue during The Second World War, and the Vietman conflict, but the generation that owned
Zippo lighters into battle is flickering. The second issue is that smoking
Nonetheless, Zippo has weathered the storm, as collectors have been the missing link to
strong growth. After all, smokers may choose only one or two zippos--each
of which carries a lifetime guaranty. Plenty of 1940s-vintage Zippos still
appear for fixes at the Zippo repair facility, which has fixed old zippo lighters
discovered in the bellies of fish and antique zippo lighters pierced by bullets from the war.
Collectors, notwithstanding, often buy many at a time, give them away, and entice their
friends to be collectors. Many zippo
collectors have thousands of lighters in their zippo
lighter collection and keep on purchasing.
Collectors can amass all of their favored sports teams including the National
football league, Major
league baseball, and the National
basketball association as well as motorsports
It's a fact that more than 90% of US Residents recognize the Zippo
brand, and 30% of Zippo's clients are collectors. While a basic brushed-chrome
Zippo runs $10.95, Collectible
Zippos typically range from $35 to $75, and some as much as $3,000.
Since 1933, over 400,000,000 Zippos have been produced. After The Second World War
the Zippo became increasingly used in ads by companies small and large alike
through the sixties. Even though new Zippo lighter designs are always surfacing,
he basic interior mechanics of the Zippo has basically stayed unchanged.
Zippo lighters have reached icon status, which returns the kind of free publicity
money cannot purchase. Rolling
Stone Keith Richards, who often smokes on stage, keeps a Zippo as close as his
guitar. Movie superstars from Bruce Willis to Harrison Ford have used Zippos to
inflame fuses, burn papers and even to light cigarettes.
Zippo is broadening in other ways, too, with Zippo pens, belt buckles, and
money clips, Zippo
watches all with a lifetime warranty.