Any Zippo lighter collectors?

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  1. Val-tone

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    Does anyone here collect Zippo lighters? I have a few but just picked one up at a rummage sale today and I'm stumped as to how old this one is.

    It's a slim lighter, and on the bottom there's only the zippo logo with the little "R" registration circle, and that's it. No dots, slashes or anything. I went to the zippo site to try to find the date but no luck.

    If anyone can help me, it would be most... helpful?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cowboytwang

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    I wouldn't say that I was a collector, but I have about five Zippo's. A brass one from '37 one from the '50s, a slim from '68, and a couple of recent ones.

    The Slims came out in 55. The only year they didn't have a date code was in '65.

    Zippo Dating
     
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  4. Dana

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    I don't collect them, but I have a couple previously owned by my father. I got them when he died.
     
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    I had a bunch from my Grandfather but they got thrown out br my mom years ago. :evil:
    I've got a Fender Zippo, an older brass one, and after years of searching, an EMS Zippo ; chrome with the "Star of Life" logo. Thats the one I use.
    CHEERS!!!
     
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    There's a USCG Zippo at the bottom of the Ouachita
    Our Captain got drunk one night ,asked the Damage Controlman for a light,lit his cig and threw the dude's lighter in the river.His boot camp lighter
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  7. Val-tone

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    I was golfing with some guys I used to work with. We were all three sheets to the wind, drinking beers and smoking cigars... One of my buddies leaves the zippo I got for a wedding present on the back of the golf cart. "Oh, sorry dude," he says three or four holes later when somebody wants to light up another stogie and there's no lighter.

    I always take new Zippos out with me after that. Lost another one last year.
     
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    If you take a metal detector to the sand dunes in Snow's Canyon State Park in Utah, you may find one with a silhouette of a Harley shovelhead engine on it.

    I used to have a '66 Shovelhead, but I sold it to buy my Quarter Horse stallion. Anyways about thirteen years ago I was riding in this canyon when the horse I was on decided that he didn't want to go the same direction as me. So we so parted and I ended up laying in the sand(it was nice and soft) well after I got myself, and this colt gathered back up, we headed back to camp. When I got there I rolled a cigarette and reached into my vest pocket, and there was no Zippo. I rode that trail many times after, but never found the Zippo.

    Val-tone,
    After looking through some more books I'm pretty sure that if you have a Slim with no slashes, dots, roman numerals, or date marking, then it should be a '65.
     
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    Every single one I've had has broken for some reason. I use disposable lighters now. :rolleyes:
     
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    Zippo's do have a unlimited lifetime warranty on them. Just send it back to the factory and they will fix it for free for ever. Of course there isn't much to fix, as it's about the simplest lighter design ever made.
     
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    Doing silly party tricks can break the hinge on the cover. :oops: That was when I left a broken lighter at the local smokeshop for the Zippo rep to look after -- sending a broken Zippo out to the US factory from here in Yer-Up didn't seem to be a very reasonable proposition.

    I did once post my Zippo to myself: the security staff at Hamburg airport wouldn't let it on board, whether in the hold or in the cabin. :evil: It arrived home safe and sound -- by Air Mail :rolleyes:

    Otherwise, I'm a serial Zippo collector by necessity: I seem to lose them every couple of years. My current Zippo has a Marshall logo engraved in the brass.

    Cheers,

     
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    Anybody else ever get a "sunburn"-type spot on their leg when a bit of lighter fluid leaks out into your pocket after filling the Zippo? Man, it used to happen to me all the time. :oops: CS
     
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    Thanks Cowboytwang... Here's the link I found with the date codes: http://www.zippoclick.com/collecting/dateCodes.aspx
    There's a cross-hatch design on the front and vertical lines on the back. So if it is a '65, (but according to the chart could it be older??) that means it's as old as me. I guess this one's joining the collection. I'd rather buy a new one and lose that than wish I'd left this one at home.

    Chris S., Yikes, been there done that.
     
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    I have some very limited edition ones from when I was in the Navy. What do the slashes on the bottom mean?

    And yeah, the fluid burns skin, but it's a hurt-so-good kinda thing. ;)
     
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    i have , like, 10......and they fix them everytime....8]
    Bradford, PA, if I'm not mistaken....
    the best lighter of all time!

    how about that DieHard moviewhere BWillis throws his lit zippo at the plane dripping w/ fuel?......cool,huh?

    and it fits perfectly in your levis watch pocket!
     
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    Well

    I couldn't say I was a collector but I have a brass one that I have had for about 20 years now.

    I think it's great how well they work in the wind.
     
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    Just found this thread.

    I started collecting Zippos about 17 years ago. Got a bunch from the 30's to the 2000's. I like the advertisers, unused in the box.
     
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    I made it my mission when traveling in vietnam to find a GENUINE zippo lighter from the war.

    I did.

    And now it sits pride of place on my zippo shelf. As a reminder...
     
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    I just have one....a Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl XL Zippo...it's a start!
     
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    I hope that thing gets awful lonely up on its pedestal, Sarge.

    I have a few NHL Zippos, a few far-flung Hard Rock Cafe Zippos from when I was younger (Singapore, Las Vegas), some older slim zippos. They're still around somewhere, but when I stopped smoking cigarettes, I put them away. I need to get rid of them, so if you're looking for NHL or Hard Rock Cafe Zippos, keep your eyes on eBay...
     
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