Tagged With lighters

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In the early 20th century, smokers ruining their lungs could do so with the help of a nifty little gadget called the catalytic lighter. It looked like a small double metal tube. Put one tube in the other and, voila, fire. No flint, no sparks. The secret to the catalytic lighter? Platinum.

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If you've ever chastised a friend for their gnarly smoking habit, you know that scolding does absolutely nothing. Making people feel bad about smoking just makes them want to smoke in secret. Well, here's an idea: What if it was your lighter making you feel bad about smoking. You can't run away from your lighter right?

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The simple form and function of a Zippo lighter has made it an incredibly iconic design. But it could soon be supplanted by Alessi if the Italian houseware manufacturer prices its new Sushi lighter to compete with the Zippo. That, or convince a Hollywood producer to have an action hero prominently use it in an upcoming blockbuster.

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For a different kind of light in your pocket, swap out your official Zippo for this lookalike that has the flint wheel and wick replaced with a set of ultra-bright white LEDs. It will never get even remotely hot enough to light a cigarette, but should help you find a more reliable source of fire when it's dark out.

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Set fire to your barbecue, your taxwork or a big fat cigar: the Colibri Stiletto utility lighter has been lopped in price to just $US20, and is damn fine in that black-on-silver body.

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Brad Cooper's Zippo stopped a bullet that could have killed him. Brad Cooper is a very lucky guy. Also, Brad Cooper is crazy.