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A Little History
In the early 1930's A man named George G. Blaisdell designed the first Zippo lighter. After watching a friend use an awkward Austrian made lighter. He saw the good parts of the design of this lighter and went to making he's own less cumbersome design. The1st Zippo sold for 1.95$ and was backed by a lifetime warranty.
"It works or we fix it free. We don't make that promise lightly. We know that behind every Zippo product sent for repair is an owner depending on our promise to get it back in working order. Whether a lighter is five years, 25 years, or 50 years old, it will serve as a dependable source of flame for years to come. We guarantee it. "
The design has basically remained the same with only minor improvements over the years. With introduction of the Slim line in 1956 and the a refillable butane Zippo now has a lighter style for just about everyone and every use.
You can find information out how to get warranty work and other information on this page, along with some pretty cool Zippo's and where to order them.
A Couple Of My Favorites
Zippo's On Amazon
USA Zippo Windproof lighter repair instructions
ZIPPO WINDPROOF POCKET LIGHTER
* High Polish LighterRemove the inside unit from the lighter and allow the fuel to evaporate for two or three days.
* Replace the inside unit in the lighter case.
* Package lighter securely in an oversized box or padded shipping bag (large packages are less likely to be lost or misplaced in transit.)
* Multiple lighters may be sent in one package.
* Include your name, address, telephone number and email address on a note inside the package.
Insure your package, send via a trackable method, shipping charges paid, to:
Zippo Repair Clinic
1932 Zippo Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
Your lighter will be repaired at no charge and returned promptly, usually within 5 - 6 weeks.
Our Repair Clinic performs excellent repairs at no charge. Please do not attempt to perform repairs yourself, as it could damage the lighter beyond repair.
Do not affix the following materials to the lighter as they could damage the finish.
* Address labels or tape
* Rubber bands
* Safety or straight pins
Please do not attempt to re-attach emblems yourself, as the surface of the lighter may be further damaged in an attempt to remove the glue.
Zippo will send you an acknowledgment of our receipt of your repair. Please include your email address.
These instructions do not apply to the lighters outside the USA, or Zippo Utility Lighters or Zippo BLU Lighter in the USA. Follow the appropriate instructions for those products.
How can I replace the wick in my Zippo lighter?
From the Zippo Site
When the wick becomes black from carbon, pull it up with pliers until the clean wick appears. Cut it off even with the top of the chimney, then straighten the wick in the chimney.
To replace the wick; use tweezers to remove all packing from the fuel chamber. Insert a new wick downward through the chimney pulling it through with tweezers.
Replace the packing in small pieces, interweaving the wick between the padding pieces. Be sure to trim the wick even with the chimney height.