IMCO Triplex Super 6700 Lighter
Reviewers Paid: $8.00-$11.00
My father gave me his IMCO Triplex Super 6700 lighter when I was just a teenager and he has had it since at least the early 60's that I know of for sure.
It is a great lighter and still works perfectly after over 50 years of constant use. The only sign of wear is that the little flap that hides the back of the flint wheel has come off. Other then that it is still as shiny as the day my father gave it to me. There is no trace of any rust on it and it has never malfunctioned!
In my honest opinion this is the greatest lighter that has ever been constructed!
Mr. John Sweeney
Price Paid: given to me from my Father
The Sportsman guide caries these lighter. love the design and function. I wish it was more waterproof. I have had no problems so far.
Price Paid: $11
I always had a zippo, and this great lighter is just fantastic, and it's true, the petrol does not evaporate so kwikly. It just looks kool. and always works.
Price Paid: 3.60€ in
I've had one for over 15 years now, and it still works great. I'm in the military and it has gone with me in the jungles of Central America, the cold windy winter of Northern New York and Alaska, and more recently in sandstorms in Iraq.
It has a tighter seal than Zippos tend to have, meaning it doesn't dry out in your pocket as quickly. The flint replacement is also superior to Zippo; unlike Zippo, there is no screw/spring to unscrew and go flying.
The ONLY complaint I can make about it is the small amount of rust whenever it gets damp.
Price Paid: $10
This lighter is not completely impervious to water. However, with that being said, Zippos aren't either. But I find this lighter to be far superior to Zippo, and the ability to pull out the tank and wick assembly once lit, and use it like a candle, is great for many applications.
I have also used this on various pipe smoking applications, and find that this lighter does not impart the strong, gassy taste that a Zippo does, but rather burns quite cleanly. The ability to keep spare flints in the wadding is similar to that of Zippo in that you can still lost them pulling the halves apart, and yet I don't seem to lose them out of the imco triplex like I used to with Zippos.
This lighter also has high points on style, and looks just as well matched the leather and spikes or fashionable dress. If you are kayaking it can be stored in a pill bottle to keep it dry. Great lighter!!!!!
Price Paid: $8
Want the coolest fire/whatever lighter in existence? Sure, flint/steel is neat and reliable. I like my Blastmatch sparker. Waterproof matches are nice too, as is having a couple of Bic lighters stashed in your gear.
But, there's nothing like the Imco lighter. Uses regular naptha lighter fluid (Ronsonol, Zippo fluid), and works fine with Coleman fuel too (although it smells a lot). The Imco is more windproof and controllable than a Zippo (safer, too), the fluid lasts longer since the lighter seals over the wick, and it's a beautiful piece of Austrian engineering and made of steel.
Look out for the cheapo Chinese fakes on Ebay and other places (Gawd, is there ANYTHING the Chinese won't rip off, and do a crappy job of it in the process? So much for "most favored nation" trading status).
I can light a cigarette in my convertible at 70 miles per hour with this thing. Try that with a Zippo, or with any disposable Bic-type butane lighter.
The Imco Triplex is a design classic--works like a charm in foul weather, is fun to use, and it's very high on the coolness scale. Your friends will chuckle at you, mostly cuz it looks basic and they've never seen one before, but then they'll be amazed by how well it works. Think of it as the Svea 123 of lighters. Isn't it great when Old School works better than New School?!
Price Paid: $11