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March 29, 2019

How to tell a real Zippo lighter from a fake


Above, a real Zippo next to a counterfeit.

Which is which?*

A March 25, 2011 Wall Street Journal article by Barry Newman noted that many of the lighters that come into Zippo's repair facilities (the lighters are guaranteed for life) are, in fact, fakes, oftimes something not known by their owners until the unrepaired counterfeit is returned.

Wrote Newman, "It's getting to the point where Zippo itself has to look twice to tell the difference between counterfeits and its own product."

• The 12 letters "A" through "L" stand for the months on a Zippo date stamp; other letters flag a fake

• Zippo chimneys have 16 holes

• Zippo rivets are steel, not brass

• Zippo's flint eyelet is brass, not steel

• Zippo strikewheels are cut in a houndstooth pattern

• The edge of the flint-screw's head in a Zippo is knurled

*The lighter on the left is a fake.

March 29, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


Zippos are a dangerous relic that should be banned. Lighters should automatically cut out when left alone.

True story, Zippo lobbied Washington to allow their product to continue to be sold. Other lighters require throrough child testing before they are allowed to be sold. Not a good'ol USA Zippo, though. That needs zip.

Posted by: Fred | Mar 30, 2019 6:57:00 AM

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