Bics are reliable fire-starters, and they don’t leak in your pocket and leave little square burns on you if you forget to sit ’em out overnight before carrying ’em after refilling ’em. But how can you be cool flipping open a Bic? Answer: you can’t. Now you can have butane reliability and Zippo cool with the new Zippo BLU line.
(Ed. Note: I don’t smoke, but I often carry a lighter. How else will you finish the tip of cut nylon rope or activate heat-shrink tubing on the go? My point: lighters a great for non-smokers, too.)
Consistent with traditional Zippo lighters, BLU models feature kick-ass eye-catching designs, one-handed hinge operation, reliable flint-wheel ignition, and they are made in the USA. It’s the two-stage system that burns gas fuel instead of liquid that really distinguishes the new BLU lighters from their yellow-flame cousins. This new line of lighters burn butane gas to provide a hot, consistent, clean-burning blue flame.
There are a few subtle differences as well, such as a fuel indicator window on the side of the lighter, a Z-patterned chimney, and a slightly taller profile.
With street pricing starting at $40 for the most basic BLU, don’t toss away your liquid-burning Zippos just yet. Still, these new lighters look cool and burn hot – nicely done, Zippo!