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Blaisdell applies for the Zippo patent on May 17, 1934, after test marketing the product for two years. The first model has four-barrel hinge with the plates still located on the outside of the case.
All types of lighters are collected, from solid gold to the first of the recent disposable lighters. The most common lighter today is the disposable butane cigarette lighter.
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Collecting Zippo lighters is about fun, about history, about people.
Zippo Manufacturing Company makes no claim as to how much a single lighter, however old or in whatever condition, is worth.