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Lamborghini Forza Lighter, Les Mans Cutter

Andrew Nagy
Posted: January 16, 2013

Carbon fiber is popular in the world of cigar accessories, but to this point the elegant finish has been limited to either black or silver. Not anymore.

Colibri, the exclusive distributor of Lamborghini cigar accessories to the United States, has introduced a striking red and black carbon-fiber finish, an industry-first, on its Les Mans cutter and Forza lighter. When held under light, the red catches fire and turns a brilliant, eye-catching orange, fitting for a product that carries the Lamborghini name.

The performance of the Forza lighter and the Les Mans cutter, which was used by Gordon Mott and David Savona in each of the Top 10 cigar of 2012 videos, is also notable.

The Les Mans cutter is a single-guillotine that operates vertically and features a 60 ring gauge opening. The sharp blade is spring-loaded and released by a silver button that can be operated with the push of a thumb. The cutter’s action is smooth, and while there is some play in the sliding mechanism, this does not affect the overall cut.

Les Mans cutter.

The Forza lighter is a single-flame butane that sports a prominent ignition on its body that takes its cue from Lamborghini. The large, black button is covered with a nice rubber grip and resembles the "start" ignition button found in many Lamborghini models.

Lighting is simple: the user flicks back a metal cap atop the lighter and pushes the ignition with his thumb. A distinct click is heard and, with the ferocity of an Italian engine, a strong, adjustable windproof flame emerges from the top. A nice design element of the Forza is the fuel window on the body that changes the clear color of butane fuel to red so a user can easily discern how much gas is left in the lighter’s tank.

Les Mann, executive vice president of Colibri, says the suggested retail price of the new red and black carbon finish Les Mans cutter is $125, while the Forza lighter sells for $150. Both are available at your local tobacconist.

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Comments   22 comment(s)

albert ross January 16, 2013 7:25pm ET

I received a Lamborghini lighter as a gift from a retailer in Manhattan. After one month the screws started falling out, after a repair the lighter stopped working altogether. It is now in a landfill.


George C — Commack, NY, USA,  —  January 17, 2013 12:16am ET

I' ll take a xixar any day.


Kevin Shah — Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia,  —  January 17, 2013 6:55am ET

Have one for a few years already, love it and still use it.


LESLIE MANN — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 17, 2013 8:53am ET

Dear Mr. Ross: I am sorry that you had an issue with your lighter. Please reply back to my personal email which is lmann@colibri.com. I will be more than happy to send you a new lighter today. Les Mann


Armando Monge January 17, 2013 11:00am ET

Damage control in the internet age, always fun to keep in front of. Great gesture Mr. Mann.


Patrick Morales — Covina, California, United States,  —  January 17, 2013 11:02am ET

I hear you Mr. Albert Ross!


Patrick Morales — Covina, California, United States,  —  January 17, 2013 11:23am ET

XIKAR!


Patrick Morales — Covina, California, United States,  —  January 17, 2013 7:57pm ET

I just wanted to thank Les Mann for getting on my situation with my cutter in a very prompt manner and I hope the next products I use from Colibri will live up to expectations!


Alejandro Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA,  —  January 21, 2013 1:16pm ET

My lighters are fine these days, mainly cuz I use matches.


SHELDON WEINER — CALABASAS, CA, UNITED STATES,  —  January 21, 2013 6:50pm ET

I bought the Colibri Lighter that was supposed to be the slimist one in their line. I paid $100.00 for it and after 2 months it stopped working. I brought it back to the retailer and they said I should have bought a Xiker because it has a better warranty. I'm now out the $100.00 and I bought the Xikar on line. I will never go back to that retailer again!
The Cigar Road, Woodland Hills, CA.

Because of my experience I don't think I will ever purchase a Colibri product.

Sheldon Weiner- Calabasas, CA


LESLIE MANN — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 22, 2013 9:01am ET

Mr. Weiner: I am very sorry that you had an issue with your lighter.
Please send me an email at Lmann@colibri.com and I will be more than happy to take care of your issue. Your lighter is covered under warranty.


Christian January 22, 2013 2:37pm ET

My buddy and I have Lamborghini lighters and when his was giving him an issue he sent it back to Colibri and they covered all the charges.


JOSEPH GIOINO — GLEN COVE, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 24, 2013 12:37am ET

With the exception of Mr. Mann I would say that Colibri has the worst customer service I have ever seen. I once called and asked to purchase a few screws that came apart on one of their lighter/cutters and was told that wasn't possible. The next time I called I was told they do not service lighters that aren't under warranty even though I was willing to pay for them to be fixed. Think about that after a year if the lighter breaks there is no way to get it fixed. I have 4 sitting at the bottom of a draw and now had to go out and buy new Xikars. It is a shame I believe that they make the most elegant well designed aesthetic lighters too bad they don't service them and that they always seem to need servicing!


LESLIE MANN — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 24, 2013 2:37pm ET

Mr. Gioino: I am sorry to hear of this situation and more importantly hear your frustration. Please send me an email to lmann@colibri.com. I want to discuss with you your situation and I will personally take care of this for you.


cekflores@gmail.com January 28, 2013 1:34pm ET

I received both lighter and cutter as a birthday present from my wife, the cutter is great but the Forza lighter does have issue with loose screws and lighting, I just moved on to my other lighters but it is too bad that Colibri released this lighter with so many issues, busy people barely have time to smoke a cigar much less having to deal with filling warranty complaints and shipping bad products to vendors for repairs.
I always purchased both Xikar and Colibri and have had a few issues with Xikar over the years but this is the first issue with a Colibri product.


mike weaver January 28, 2013 2:05pm ET

I have given up on all good lighters. They never take a full fill after the original no matter how you prep them.


Brandon Gleason — Houma, La, Usa,  —  February 5, 2013 6:28pm ET

I had problems with mine too and I just chalked it up as a loss. Then I read this article yesterday and decided to send Mr Mann an email to vent some frustration. He answered my email within minutes and had the issue taken care of the next day. One of the best customer service experiences ever! Here is a vice president of a major company answering emails from consumers and 930 at night and making sure his customers are happy. Turn a negative experience into a positive one = loyal customer! Thanks Les


Sean Fitzpatrick — Valencia, California,  —  March 6, 2013 8:32pm ET

Just want to mention I received a Colibri lighter a few years ago for a gift. I still use it today and it works fine. I smoke at least one a day during the week and up to 4 on the weekend days. So Mr Mann rest easy it is not that bad out there. Colibri has great products. Anything mechanical can have it's ups and downs.


LESLIE MANN — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  March 11, 2013 4:03pm ET

Sean:
Thank you very much for your comments. You are so very right in that it is a mechanical product and it can have its ups and downs. In my world, its the downs that I hear about and want to make sure they are taken care of and addressed ASAP. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around, you could miss it".


Jason Hughes — Matthews, North Carolina , United States ,  —  December 26, 2013 11:11pm ET

i think it is a sleek i love the carbon fiber Mr. Mann you company really made one of my favorite designs for a lighter


Alex Digenis — St. Catharines , Ontario, Canada,  —  March 12, 2014 1:00am ET

I have owned a Clobri lighter for 15 years. I only used their gas and I have had no problems. I moved to Niagara Falls from Toronto. I tried to find a local retailer that carried Colibri but had no luck. While visiting my sister in law in Georgetown I stopped into a local Cigar store and picked up a beautiful Colibri lighter. Four months after purchase I had issues with the lighter. I contacted Colibri only to find this was an older model that was not even carried anymore.
I reached out to Mr Mann through e mail late one night.


Alex Digenis — St. Catharines , Ontario, Canada,  —  March 12, 2014 1:04am ET

Mr Mann contacted me back within minutes. The next morning he personally followed up. Within two days my problem had been rectified. He even took the time to follow up!! I've used his example of customer service in my business.
I wrote a letter to the Chairman of Colibri thanking him for having "the Mann" running the show. Outstanding support. Love the product.


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