Zippo are probably the most famous lighters in the world. They appear in countless Hollywood films and US television programs, and are well known for their reliability and ease of use.
Windproof Metal Lighter
They are refillable, metal lighters that burn with a wick and are windproof.
It is actually very difficult to blow out the flame - instead you should just close the lid.
And it is probably their windproof characteristic that helped them become so popular.
That and the lifetime guarantee.
Zippo was founded in 1932 by George Blaisdell.
He was inspired by an Austrian lighter with a similar design, and because he liked the sound of the word ‘zipper’ he decided to call his design Zippo.
Since then, over 400 million lighters have been produced, and in literally thousands of different styles and designs.
Their popularity really took off during WWII, when the company dedicated all manufacturing to the US Military.
A Classic Design Lighter
Today, the Zippo is an absolute classic, and as well as being extremely reliable and durable, is also very collectable.