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  • Decent, well-priced Zippo alternative..

    posted by fs1034 on 11/06/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Decent build quality. Nice, durable paint finish (not likely to come off without being scraped at pretty hard).

    Burns as well as any lighter, fairly windproof, easy flint mechanism.

    Overall fairly well built, with little to complain about. Looks like a real Zippo, even fairly close, and has a near similar build quality. Definitely can't go wrong for a quarter of the price of a Zippo (on DX no less), and definitely worth getting if you're even remotely interested.

    Cons:

    The only issue I have with the build quality is that when it closes, there is a small gap between the two halves, and it never closes fully. This doesn't affect it's use, and won't really be noticeable most of the time either, but is still kinda annoying.

    Also, a little hard to flick open and closed until you've worked it quite a bit, and you find the right way to do it. Even then, you won't be able to get it on the first try 100% of the time.

    OtherThoughts:

    Not being a smoker myself, there isn't really any practical use for this, though it's still fun to carry around...

    Bottomline:

    Good price, surprisingly good build quality (for the price, and being a knockoff), and entirely usable as an alternative to the slightly more expensive Zippo.

    Worth it for anyone looking for this type of lighter, and not willing to spend the $$ for an actual Zippo.

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