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Light it Up

From Traditional Flints to Turbo Flames, There Is a Wide Range of Choices for High-Quality Cigar Lighters
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Summer 96

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KGM also offers a unique combination pen and cigar lighter called the Faulkner. Extremely lightweight, it is eminently functional as well. It works like a charm.

The Prometheus lighters tested very well; they are reliable, with cutting-edge designs. But we noticed two small drawbacks. The lighter caps are too close to the flame , so they heat up quickly. With the Renoma lighter in particular, the proximity of the lighter switch to the flame may cause the user's thumb to become hot.

Savinelli is a well-known name to pipe and cigar lovers. Now it is known for its lighters as well. In conjunction with the Japanese firm of IM Corona, Savinelli has designed a number of new lighters for cigars and pipes.

Its top seller is the Old Boy, resembling an old Dunhill design. It is constructed of solid brass, with an Italian briar-style jacket that is very attractive. The angled flame makes it easy to light pipes but it also works quite well on cigars. It is easy to grip and lightweight. It is very reliable and goes a long time between refills, making it easy to maintain. $80-$135.

Introduced at the 1995 Retail Tobacco Dealers of America convention in Orlando, Florida, Savinelli's Double Corona lighter is fast becoming one of its most popular models. The design is very simple, yet elegant. The split-flame flint lighter creates a huge flame that makes it ideal for lighting cigars, although the force of the flame sometimes fluctuated in our tests while lighting. Constructed of solid brass, the Double Corona comes in eight finishes: black matte with gold accents, chromium barley diamond cut with gold accents, pewter-etched cigar design, gold-plated barley finish, gold barley diamond cut, gold-plated cocobolo wood panel, burgundy lacquer and gold with crest, and black lacquer and gold with crest. $135-$275.

Regardless of your preference, a good lighter should follow three important rules. First, it should be compact and lightweight. Second, it should light in an easy, fluid and consistent manner. Last, it should be attractive.

When lighting your cigar with any of the new turbo lighters or the more traditional flint lighters, keep your cigar one to one and a half inches away from the center of the flame. This insures that you won't char the wrapper of your cigar and, especially with the flameless turbo lighters, it helps to prevent cigar ash and tobacco from dropping into the working mechanism of the lighter; this would diminish the size of the flame and eventually impair the ignition spark. And never take apart the lighter; if it malfunctions, bring it to your dealer. Follow these rules and your flame will burn brightly. Whether you prefer a classic model that looks like something your father owned, or a style that looks straight out of 2001, there is a cigar lighter right for your needs. Finding The Flames

All of the lighters tested are sold through reputable tobacconists. For the store nearest you, contact the following manufacturers.


Alfred Dunhill

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