Oct 15, 2015

The history of the lighter stems all the way back to the 1500s. The discovery of tobacco in the New World in the sixteenth century and the opening of a worldwide market created the need for a portable way to make fire.

Centuries later, one of the first lighters was invented in 1823 by a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. It was referred to as “Döbereiner’s lamp.” It was a converted flintlock pistol that used gunpowder. However, this lighter didn’t last long because it was very large and dangerous. This specific lighter stopped being produced towards the end of the 19th century and was later replaced with the “ferrocerium.” This lighter inspired how lighters work today. The way this lighter worked was that it would produce a large spark when scratched, lighting the fuel of a lighter. Due to the convenience and tendency for this method to be cheap, it is still being used today for disposable lighters. Many companies at the time used this method of inventing lighters. About a century after the lighter was invented, soldiers made their own lighters during World War I using empty cartridges.



Lighters were once essential pocket tools, but are now often prized as "pocket art." Some sophisticated techniques used on such lighters are laser engraving and technigraphic printing. Metal, reusable lighters are competitive against disposables because of their durability, reliability, quality, and sentimental value. Quality lighters are considered luxury items.

A lighter is a gentleman’s key smoking accessory. One should be selected based on how he plans to use it. A lighter should be chosen depending on whether you want to spark up conversation with a unique vintage one, or whether you want a more functional one. Our lighters span from interesting desk pieces, such as our “Silent Flame Table Lighter,” and cool vintage lighters, such as our “Pipe Lighter.” Choose one that suits you best. Till next time…



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