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Zippo Lighters: How Their Very Presence Can Make You a Complete Badass

By Edited Apr 1, 2016 3 3

There is no question about it that every aspect of carrying a Zippo lighter is badass.  The sound, the smell, the originality, and just the novelty surrounding their presence sends a message to all those around.  While there are many arguable pros and cons in carrying this piece of equipment, there are many reasons as to why carrying a zippo is more beneficial, classy, and badass than carrying the average disposable counterpart.

 (Zippo fluid and flint replacement at end of article along with fluid and flint products)


While it’s not a diamond….A Zippo is forever

Zippo Lighters: How their very presence can make you a Complete Badass

Unlike your cheap, disposable, and China made bic lighter, Zippo lighters last forever.  They tell stories, they act as memories, and they can be passed down from one generation to the next.  If something does happen to you lighter, the company usually offers you with a replacement.   


Metal band + zippo = encore

Zippo Lighters: How their very presence can make you a Complete Badass

Sure, you can hold up your crap lighter . . . . . . or you can crack open glory and hold a symbolic torch up high.  These things just scream metal.




They can act as tradable currency in a third world country

Zippo Lighters: How their very presence can make you a Complete Badass

The people that carry Zippo lighters tend to be the same people that may very well find themselves in this type of situation.  While some of these may carry great sentimental value to you, others may be just the tool you need to barter Mahmood for some water and a camel ride back into civilization.


 A true badass should always have the means to make fire and intriguing conversation

Zippo Lighters: How their very presence can make you a Complete Badass

Even if you don’t smoke, there is always opportunity to light the cigarette of your sexy counterpart in need.  Instead of just lighting and departing, you now hold the ability to say, “Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I traded one of these for a camel ride out of the Arabian Desert from a guy named Mahmood?”  You will no doubt get yourself laid every single time you use this line.



Can I manage to F*** things up big time with my Zippo?


While I could continue the various reasons that a Zippo lighter will make you look like a complete and utter bad ass, there is also a few ways in which your badass vibe can become quickly diminished and make you look instead like an utter tool.


You’re approached by an appealing smoker outside of a local bar.  Cigarette in mouth, they ask you if you got a light.  Acting calm, collective, smooth, and stoic as possible, you pull your lighter from your pocket.  As the shimmering street lights and open signs gleam off the ever radiant exterior of your Zippo, you snap it open with that all too familiar "SHINK" sound.  Everything is in slow motion now.  As you raise your lighter to the cigarette which is still placed in the mouth of the asker, you strike the flint and await lighting.  Things begin to speed up again as you realize you don’t have a flame.  You strike it again… again, again. . . . Nothing.  You are out of fluid.  Departing with nothing but a thanks anyway, your chances of success will hopefully come elsewhere. 


Zippo Lighters: How their very presence can make you a Complete Badass


Pulling out your lighter in all of your sleek fashion only to have it not work is probably the quickest way to crush the image.  Zippos can require a bit more maintenance than the average piece of garbage plastic crap lighters that others carry, but in the end.  They are well worth the small amount of extra trouble required.

So the bottom line here is to know how to fill your lighter.  It’s really not that hard.  Plus.  If your lighter doesn’t work, you may never get out of that desert. 




Learn how to Fill your Zippo Lighter

Zippo 12 oz. Lighter Fluid
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Zippo 6 Genuine Flints
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Learn how to Change the Flint on your Zippo Lighter



Jun 24, 2013 5:31pm
Really great article, very amusing read
Jul 11, 2013 2:22pm
As a former smoker, the Zippo flick (cracking the top open against the leg of your jeans, flicking the wheel on the material and producing flame all before it hit your cig hanging off your lower lip) was a learned art. And it was totally rockin'.

Zippos have a major collectibles factor, and while if you go to jail with cigs and a lighter both usually get thrown away. Unless the lighter is a Zippo. Then it goes in your personal effects. Even jail house tenders recognize how cool the Zippo is!!

This was plain fun to read! Thanks and a thumb's up!
Jul 11, 2013 9:17pm
Thanks! Much appreciated.
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