Zippo Antique Silver Plate Lighter
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- Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo click
- Made in the USA
- All metal construction
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Genuine Zippo windproof lighter in antique silver plate finish resists scratches and fingerprints - great for everyday use. Refill with Zippo premium lighter fluid for dependable, long-lasting service. Distinctive bottom stamp identifies this lighter as genuine Zippo.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Having lived with this for several months, the old adage "they don't make them like they used to" comes to mind. I have a 45 year old example of the same lighter that I didn't want to risk losing, so I purchased this one. It's not the same quality. It's close, but the it's like they use metal that is just a bit thinner so the lighter has more flex in the body. Often the lid hits the flame guard and stops when closing. It just doesn't feel as robust as the old one.
My next move is to start looking in the local second hand shops for used Zippos. These days demand is low and the prices are good if you stay away from the dealers who cater to "collectors". You can buy a old lighter for around the cost of a new one and it will be a more solid item.
The Amazon photo is a little misleading--the photo shows a 'blue'-ish matte tint and the scratches appear deeper and more pronounced in the photo than they really are. The 'Street Chrome' is actually a brightly polished mirror-chrome which has been lightly scratched in all directions, as if in a tumbler. It looks exactly like any mirror-polish chrome ZIPPO after it's been in your pocket for EDC carry along with keyring, coins etc for a couple of years. So, additional actual pocket wear and routine scratches won't show.
ZIPPO also offers a 'Satin Chrome' finish which is like a solid, evenly sandblasted flat matte in a light grey. Check that model out.
Solid 'click'. Feels good in the hand.
All lighters in the USA are by law shipped 'dry' (without fuel), so you'll want to buy ZIPPO or Ronsonol brand lighter fluid from any drugstore or WalMart near you. Instructions come with your ZIPPO and there are tons of useful how-to's on youTube, the ZIPPO website and on the various online Lighter Forums.
Lighter fluid (naptha, and not the same as "charcoal lighter fluid") gradually evaporates over a couple of weeks or so out of any lighter (even if not used) and will need refilling.
New owners are sometimes surprised to learn that they can't just drop this in a drawer for 6 months like any disposable Bic lighter. So a Zippo is not what you want to leave inside your long term emergency evacuation bag --the Bics are a better choice for any standby kit. You CAN reduce evaporation about 50% by storing the ZIPPO in a ziplock freezer bag--YMMV.
This is a great, useful fun retro item and a beautiful piece of Americana to own. Also check out the Street Chrome, Black Crinkle, Camo, Olive Green Matte and 1941 Replica models.
Prices for ZIPPOs on Amazon can fluctuate wildly, but are usually less than you would pay at a smoke shop or retail outlet.
Classic ZIPPO, fire in your hand, what's not to love?
Hope this is helpful. Happy 'clicking', everybody.
I bought mine in Street Chrome, mostly so that the scratches I *will* leave on it won't be distinguishable from the actual design. I drop it a lot trying to learn tricks with it - don't judge. When I *do* eventually break this thing, though, I know that Zippo has a guarantee on a lifetime warranty. That's just good customer care. Good on you, Zippo. Keep doing you.
Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo "click"
All metal construction; windproof design works virtually anywhere
Refillable for a lifetime of use; for optimum performance, we recommend genuine Zippo premium lighter fluid, flints, and wicks.
Made in USA; lifetime guarantee
Fuel: Zippo premium lighter fluid (sold separately)
The metal will show smear wear over time
Its a Zippo, it works, but the metal does show distress after about a years use (especially the gold)