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Post  roddie on Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:10 pm

Some of you guys may have a keepsake like this..



I refueled/re-flinted my daily Zippo tonight.. and saw it on the shelf.. amongst a few others.



Not to advocate tobacco smoking, but a reliable wind-proof lighter is a nice tool to have. They work really well if you keep them warm.. (in your pocket).

The one below in the center is the one I keep with me. I cut a piece of bicycle tire inner-tube for it.. that keeps it from sliding-around.. or slipping out of your pocket. The top two are pretty old.. I can't remember where they came from.

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Post  Jason_WI on Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:50 pm

Nice collection. I kept the ones my grandpa had too. He didn't smoke either that I know of. Been gone 21 years now. The small one Diebold Corp is the only Zippo. The gold tone one is a Storm King. The other 2 don't have brands on them as they were give always. He also had 2 Jon-e hand warmers and a BF Goodrich tire ashtray.

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Re: My Grampa's Zippo

Post  roddie on Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:15 am

I had one of those hand-warmers Jason! Or at least one that was similar. It had the same type of velvet draw-string bag.. and the fuel was a "stick" that needed to be lit externally. Once it remained lit on it's own... you blew it out.. and it smoldered inside the holder. The holder had a metal screen inside.. and was lined with a fibrous insulating material.

Cool stuff! I've always liked the tire ash-trays.. but never had one. Knives are a topic that I may bring up. Jack/pocket knives.. in particular. It would be interesting to see what various people have in their collections.
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Post  larrys4227 on Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:50 am

I've got a bunch of Zippo lighters around here somewhere .... some of them pretty old.

First thing I thought of when I saw this post .... the burning of my leg when a Zippo is overfilled .... Smile
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Post  getback on Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:33 am

Jason_WI wrote:Nice collection. I kept the ones my grandpa had too. He didn't smoke either that I know of. Been gone 21 years now. The small one Diebold Corp is the only Zippo. The gold tone one is a Storm King. The other 2 don't have brands on them as they were give always. He also had 2 Jon-e hand warmers and a BF Goodrich tire ashtray.  

Man that tire tray brings back some long time memories as a child , and the hand warmer was the bomb mine ran off fluid same as the lighters back then . Man there all on the Bay too I see one coming my way Very Happy Very Happy http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zippo-40306-Deluxe-CHROME-Hand-Warmer-blister-pack-with-filling-cup-pouch-NEW-/371533356906?hash=item56811d1f6a:g:m0EAAOSwj0NUh85X getback
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Re: My Grampa's Zippo

Post  ARUP on Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:07 am

The 'really good' Zippo users could snap their fingers across the top causing it to open AND 'light'! Remember that?
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Re: My Grampa's Zippo

Post  andrew on Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:07 am

ARUP wrote:The 'really good' Zippo users could snap their fingers across the top causing it to open AND 'light'! Remember that?


I could open it, but was never able to light it with the same flick.
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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:47 am

andrew wrote:
ARUP wrote:The 'really good' Zippo users could snap their fingers across the top causing it to open AND 'light'! Remember that?
 

I could open it, but was never able to light it with the same flick.

Yea.. that's a cool trick.. but it puts a lot of stress on the hinge. I've seen people open the cover by striking it against their pant-leg followed by a reverse motion.. rubbing the flint-wheel to light it. It's not very good for the lighter.. or your pants.. Laughing

I almost always blow into the chimney prior to flicking (especially after refilling) to clear the vapor-lock that sometimes occurs.
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Post  RknRusty on Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:05 pm

If that's a Zippo, this must be a Nippo

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Re: My Grampa's Zippo

Post  roddie on Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:33 am

RknRusty wrote:If that's a Zippo, this must be a Nippo

lol! That's funny! Is it yours? I'd love to have one with a Cox logo.. (pokes Bernie..) Eyebrows How about an engine that's glow-head opened with the hood? What could be finer than lighting up a Cuban cigar with a Cox engine?
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