Lighters and Ancient Greece Go hand-in-hand. According to Greek mythology, the God Prometheus stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to humans so we could benefit from its many advantages. As punishment for his deed, Prometheus was chained to a rock to have his liver eaten daily by eagles until at some point Hercules arrived to set him free. And one has to imagine poor Prometheus, bound to that rock, the eagle picking away at his liver, wondering to himself: “Was it all worth it?” To which we say, “Yes, damn it! Now, who’s got a light!?”
To honour Prometheus or at the very least some truly brilliant ancestors, we pay tribute to fire. More specifically, we share some prime examples of the best everyday carry lighters so that you might put a little historical magic right there with you in your jeans pocket. And maybe the next time you whip out one of these everyday carry lighters to ignite a firecracker or just to stare at the flame, you’ll remember what kind of sacrifices were made eons ago by some God or some crafty dude who just liked to rub sticks together. Oh, who are we kidding? You’re staring at a lighter flame–you’re far too drunk to remember anything!
XIKAR EX Windproof Lighter
This everyday carry lighter is a box-like silver beauty that flaunts an eye-catching chequered pattern and seriously powerful torch flame. Climb the nearest mountain and light a cigar at the top because the wind’s got nothing on the XIKAR EX’s sturdy flame.
Zippo Brass Lighter
For an example of everyday carry lighters with a soft premium touch, look no further than mainstay brand Zippo. Their distinguished Brass Lighter goes all Renaissance with an unmistakable Venetian design and brass finish that makes you feel like you’re lighting up with the Medici Family. Of course, the hallmarks that made you fall in love with Zippo in the first place (hinged lid, metal construction, refillable butane) are still present here so buy with confidence and start showing off to your friends.
Davidoff Prestige Lighter Accolades Gilded
Did we say the Zippo Brass Lighter would impress your friends? Well, it definitely won’t if one of those friends is carrying this majestic creation, a refillable gold fire-breathing beauty equipped with a unique double flame burner. The retail price is $695–putting virtually all the other everyday carry lighters to shame–and yet somehow it looks worth it. Odds are if you’re buying the Davidoff Prestige then you’re puffing cigars next to Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
S.T. Dupont Minijet Chrome Grey Torch Flame Lighter
From S.T. Dupont comes in a pocket-sized stunner that boasts a grey chrome lacquer finish, lightweight brass body and wind-resistant single-action flame. Overall this is a clean, modern, high end lighter with a scratch-free vibe that will keep the fire going no matter what the circumstances.
S.T. Dupont Ligne 2 Montparnasse Vertical Lines Lighter – Silver 16817
Never mind the erroneous review by some half-wit on Amazon who got ripped off in a New York back-alley, this here is the real deal. Made in France and bolstered by a distinct vertical pattern with a silver-plated finish, the Ligne 2 Montparnasse is the kind of lighter for when you want to catch a lady’s attention without having to say a word. Duly proving that not all everyday carry lighters are created equal, this is an entry that would surely make Prometheus proud!
Numyth Tohil v2 Watertight Fluid Lighter
Here’s a lighter that’s not only waterproof and resistant to fluid evaporation, but even kind of looks like a tiny cylindrical gas tank. Giving the Numyth Tohil v2 its tough machined shell is Type III hard-anodized aluminium alloy. Choose between colours of ember orange or black.
Wenger Asterion 650602 Lighter
Check out the curves on this handy pocket torch. The Wenger Asterion utilizes piezoelectric single-action ignition technology to give you a propulsive jet flame that won’t fail you when you need it. It comes in a polycarbonate body with rubberized finish for a durable grip.
Colibri Enterprise Triple Jet Flame
Colibri lures in the lighter enthusiasts with the promise of a wind-resistant triple jet flame and built-in stainless steel cigar punch. As if that’s not enough it also has a fuel level indicator so you may never go butane-less again.
Zippo Chrome Lighter
Keep it classy and classic with the original article that became the gold standard for premium everyday carry lighters. Zippo has been enhancing the lighter experience for decades by way of a snappy metal case and a strong, wind-proof flame. The Zippo Chrome Lighter is an effortless, affordable product that heeds the call of “got a light?” in tried and true style.
Bic Mini Lighters – Assorted Colours
When all you need is a small strip of fire you go with Bic, aka the disposable lighter that probably sparked your first cigarette or cigar. Like a pen from the same brand, the Bic Lighter is a no-frills product that works like a charm until it doesn’t.
Also known as the “other” disposable lighter, Djeep contrasts from Bic in ways like better flame control, a stronger flame, a broader body and the tendency not to burn your skin through the overheating of metal. That said, some people think Bic is a better fit in the hand and that the Djeep proportions are slightly awkward–of course, those same people have at least one Bic-related burn scar on their fingers so maybe awkward proportions aren’t such a bad thing after all.
Lotus 48 Apollo Blue Lacquer Cigar Lighter
For the man who wants a reliable upgrade that will look cool and get the job done, consider the Lotus Apollo. It features a double wind-resistant torch flame that burns orange and blue on the colour spectrum. Some everyday carry lighters take the word “every day” seriously and this is one of them. In other words, the Lotus 48 is made for someone who simply doesn’t know where his day might take him.
Vector Thundra Desktop Lighter
The Vector is an all metal, long-lasting lighter that’s insanely dependable. With some triple flame action and an extra large fuel tank, the Vector has a seriously loyal following among cigar aficionados and lighter lovers alike. Plenty of other everyday carries lighters can probably learn a thing or two from the Vector.