Since 1932, the Reliable and Durable
Zippo has Been a Friend and Tool for Anyone Needing a Dependable Flame
George G. Blaisdell invented the Zippo
lighter in 1932, and got his idea after examining a large Austrian
made portable-pocket lighter. Blaisdell was an oil field engineer
who saw a market for a good looking lighter that would light up consistently
even in windy and rough. He invented 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 lighter. They are highly collectible
and 100s of varying custom zippo lighter styles have been made in
the seven decades since their introduction. From NFL Zippo lighters,
to an army
zippo lighter to a Truck Zippo, to a Military
Zippos are usually rectangular
in configuration with a lid that flips open . Unlike throw away cheap
plastic lighters that are used and discarded in the trash, Zippos
are filled again with a Naphtha based liquid zippo lighter fluid.
By taking the inner part out of the external casing, its user can
pour lighter fluid into a gauze packing that contains a wick. The
flint, which brings on the spark to inflame the wick, is refillable.
It is cost-efficient and exceedingly dependable. Filling a zippo
is a good deal cheaper than buying throw away igniters.
Zippos are considered windproof lighters, and are will remain lit
up in most any weather situation. They grew to become common in the
United States army and navy, particularly in World War II standard
silver Zippo lighter 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 forces war effort. In fact, during that war, because
brass was demanded for weapon systems, the insides of zippos were
manufactured in stainless steel. At the end of the war, Zippo reverted
to the previous brass
Approximately 200,000 Zippo lighters were carried by U.S.
military people in the Vietnam War. One time, a Zippo lighter
carried in a shirt pocket held back a bullet from getting into a soldiers
Additionally, Zippos are known for the lifetime warrantee they carry:
if a Zippo goes bad, no matter how old, the company will replace or
fix the lighter for free.
Zippo now faces two tough
challenges. Zippo has awesome brand recognition, rising from its part
as standard GI issue during World War II, and the Vietnam war, but
the generation that carried Zippo lighters into combat is flickering.
The second challenge is that smoking is falling.
Even so, Zippo has weathered the storm, as collectors have been the
route to solid growth. After all, cigarette or cigar smokers may purchase
only one or two zippos--each of which carries a lifetime warranty.
Plenty of 1940s-vintage Zippos still show up for fixes at the Zippo
repair shop, which has restored old zippo lighters retrieved from
the bellies of fish and old zippo lighters pierced by lead bullets.
Collectors, all the same, often buy numbers of at a time, give them
away as gifts, and appeal to their friends to become collectors. Many
collectors have thousands of lighters in their zippo
lighter collection and keep purchasing.
Collectors can collect all of their favorite sports teams including
football league, Major
league baseball, and the National
basketball association as well as motorsports
It's a fact that more than 90% of US Citizens recognize the Zippo
brand, and 30% of Zippo's customers are collectors. While a basic
Zippo runs $10.95, Collectible
Zippos typically ranges from $35 to $75, and some as much as $3,000.
Since 1933, over 400,000,000 Zippos have been created. After The
Second World War the Zippo became increasingly utilized in advertising
by companies both small and large through the decade of the 60's.
Though new Zippo lighter styles are always emerging, he basic interior
design of the Zippo has basically remained unaltered.
Zippo lighters have achieved icon status, which returns the kind
of publicity money can't acquire. Rolling
Stone Keith Richards, who often smokes while on stage, keeps a
Zippo within an arms reach of his guitar. Movie stars from Bruce Willis
to Harrison Ford have used Zippos to inflame fuses, burn papers and
even to light cigarettes.
Zippo is growing in other ways, too, with Zippo pens, belt buckles,
and money clips, Zippo
watches all with a lifetime guarantee.
Heavenis not affiliated with the authors of these articles or responsible
for there content.