Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zippo Addict

Zippo-Logo-copy

Thanks to my casual smoking and my mild Pyromania, I’ve always liked the idea of having instant fire in my pocket everywhere I go. After a few months of carrying cheap lighters, I got tired of seeing them fail and not being able to light them when there was the slightest sign of wind. So, talking about this with my friends, one of them told me about Zippo lighters, which are reliable and windproof. I had seen those lighters before but I had never put much attention on them.

Since Zippo lighter are ridiculously expensive here (about $70 the cheaper models, and I wanted a cool one), I asked my uncle, who has like 3, if I could borrow one for some time to see if it was worth it. For my surprise he said: “Sure! keep it! I never use it anyway.” So that was my first Zippo. It was a matte black Zippo Pipe. Just like the one in the picture.

ZL218PLs So I kept it, and I loved it. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the smell after every refill (If you guys know of any way to stop it, I would really appreciate it). But it is great to be able to light a cigarette when nobody else can because of the wind.

After a while, I heard about the new Zippo BLU, and I thought it was really cool, since it works with butane, and good quality butane means no stinking-fuel. I looked for them on many stores, but they only had very gay models. I kept looking for a couple of months, and I finally found the one I wanted. It was a simple, non-polished chrome design; no gay patterns. So I bough it! And I have to say, I was very disappointed. One of my favorite features of the classic Zippo is the fact that it’s very easy to light, and it lights up almost every time. With the Zippo BLU, most of the time I have to try up to 10 times to get a flame. I found a video that pretty much shows what I’m talking about. It is a review of the Zippo BLU made by “cutlerylover”, who has made a lot of Zippo videos.  Here you go:

 

I’m not saying it sucks, because it IS a cool lighter. But I have to say I was expecting a lot more from Zippo. So, you guys smoke? What kind of lighter do you use? Do you use it for smoking or just for fun?

11 comments:

Mr.Awesome said...

I like zippos alot. Dont own one personally, but my friend used to always have one on him

jinx said...

Don't know what kind of zippo I have, it's the regular silver one ... Great lighters though. Never heard of one that works with butane!

Ceedo said...

Zippos are pretty baller. I have a collection of them ranging from $30 to $70 USD. Zippo BLUs are atrocious, always stick with the classic.

Next you should learn how to do Zippo tricks. Perhaps I should post some tutorials on my blog.

CS said...

Well, I don't smoke. I actually can't stand to be around smokers most of the time.

But I hear that Zippos are a great way to go if you are into that. :)

Also, It's good to see you updating your blog!

J said...

never had one myself. my friends who had it used it mostly for fun, it's really cool to play with it

FunkyHomosapien said...

way too expensive for me :(

too bad though, really like them.

Swift Love said...

I like the way you designed your blog :)

Jordan Swish said...

You can do cool tricks with these things!

Beavz0r said...

I've had a few Zippos, had a bad-ass Motley Crue one for awhile, but I'm pretty sure someone jacked it.

Pandor42 said...

I still have my first and only Zippo, chrome finish with my name one it. Thing went through lighter fluid like no tomorrow.

Ceedo said...

Yeah, the fluid dries up in the reservoir even though it's not being used. A fully filled zippo, unused, will take like a week or 2 to be completely dry.