Im starting this after reading the “They Don’t Make 'Em Like They Used To” and the Swiss Army Knife thread (ChiefScott mentioned keeping his knife and Zippo together at all times).
The Zippo lighter. One thing they DO make like they used to. A little elemental steel box of fire you carry in your front pocket. It lights your coffin nail even in a gale. And if it breaks, those nice people in Bradford, Pa., fix it for free.
I’ve got two: the standard brushed chrome and the nifty little Vintage Brass number, the one with the little diagonals on the lower left and upper right corners. I love them as much as I love any inanimate object…my saxophone or my flute, say.
The brass has a little F and V engraved on the bottom panel, meaning that it was made in 1987. The chrome I bought in San Francisco in 1991, to replace the one I’d had since 1978, which had dropped out of my pocket earlier that year when I was playing with my daughter on the Great Lawn in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (sniffle).
How many of you folks carry Zippos? If not, why not? There’s too much cheap disposable crap in our lives already to make ME want to use a Bic. Tell us your Zippo stories, where you got them, how long you’ve had them, the friends you’ve lit up, the enemies you’ve ignited over the years.