1932, the Weatherproof Zippo lighter has Been a Lifelong Companion
and Tool for User and Collectors Alike
George G. Blaisdell invented the Zippo
lighter in 1932, and got his thought after discovering a overly
large Austrian made pocket lighter. Blaisdell was an oil drilling
engineer who saw a audience for a good looking lighter that would
stay lit even in harsh conditions. He created the first Zippo
lighter in Bradford, Pennsylvania. It got its zippo identity
as 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, if not 1000s of varying custom zippo lighter fashions
have been made in the 70 plus years since their first roll-out.
From Truck Zippo lighters, to an army
zippo lighter to a Engraved Zippo, to a Hand-Carved
wood Zippo lighter.
Zippos are occasionally
rectangular in design with a one handed easy open lid . Unlike
one time use colored plastic lighters that are used and cast aside,
Zippos are refilled with a Naphtha based liquid zippo lighter
fuel. By taking out the inside component out of the exterior shell,
its owner can pour lighter fluid into a cotton wadding that incorporates
a wick. The flint, which gives rise to the fire to ignite the
cotton wick, can be refilled.
It is low cost and incredibly dependable. Replenishing a zippo
lighter is a great deal less costly than purchasing disposable
Zippos are classified as windproof lighters, and are usually
stay lit in almost any wind condition. They became popular in
the United States military, especially in the second world war
military Zippo a military
zippo lighter was standard issue for all soldiers in the Army,
Force and Marines. During that period, all Zippo lighters
produced went to the Alied forces war effort. In fact, during
the conflict, as brass was used for arms, the bowels of zippo
lighters were principally stainless steel. Following the war,
Zippo reverted to the regular brass
An estimated 200,000 Zippo lighters were possessed by U.S.
military personnel in the Vietnam conflict. There was one
story, a Zippo lighter transported in a shirt pocket blocked a
bullet from going in a soldiers body.
Additionally, Zippo lighters are known for the lifetime warranty
they have: if a Zippo falls apart, no matter how old, the company
will replace or repair the lighter for free.
Zippo now faces two
intimidating challenges. Zippo has great brand recognition, stemming
from its role as standard GI issue during The Second World War,
and the War in Vietnam, but the generation that transported Zippo
lighters into battle is quivering. The second problem is that
cigarette smoking is trending downward.
Still, Zippo has weathered the storm, as collectors have been
the key to substantial growth. After all, smokers might buy only
one or two of the lighters--each of which carries a lifetime warrantee.
Plenty of 1940s-vintage Zippos still appear for fixes at the Zippo
headquarters, which has repaired antique zippo lighters found
in the stomachs of fish and old zippo lighters punctured by bullets.
Collectors, even so, often buy numerous at a time, give them as
gifts, and encourage their family to turn into collectors. Many
collectors have thousands of lighters in their zippo
lighter collection and keep on buying.
Collectors can accumulate all of their favourite 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 American citizens 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 high as
Since 1933, over 400,000,000 Zippos have been made. After World
War II the Zippo grew to become more and more utilized in advertisements
by companies large and small through the 1960's. Although new
Zippo lighter styles are always coming out, he basic mechanics
of the Zippo has in essence remained the same.
Zippo lighters have reached icon status, which yields the kind
of free publicity money cannot buy. Rolling
Stone Keith Richards, who smokes cigarettes during his act,
keeps a Zippo right by guitar. Movie superstars from Bruce Willis
to Harrison Ford have utilized Zippos to ignite fuses, burn documents
and even to ignite cigarettes.
Zippo is diversifying in other ways, too, with Zippo pens, belt
buckles, and money clips, Zippo
watches all with a lifetime warrantee.
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