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The cream of the crop. From the moment when you first flick it open and stroke your thumb across the roll bar, to the first time you need to use the spare gas tank (yes, it has one), this lighter does it all well. It should. For over $1,000 this lighter is a lifetime investment, but like a Rolex, you'll only have to buy one.
Caran D'Ache of Switzerland (212) 689-3590
Both the Dunhill Unique lighters and the more modern Rollagas models are solidly built. They feature refined elements of style mixed with purpose. Notice where your thumb winds up after you open the cap of the Rollagas--safely away from the flame. For that matter, notice how easily, yet solidly the cap opens.
Dunhill of London (800) 776-4053
The Colibri Quantum Premier is another gas turbo lighter. Though it is designed more like a standard lighter, this device puts out as much heat as the Ikari.
Colibri Corporation (800) 556-7354
Variety and good value are the best aspects of Il Corona lighters. A good example is the Briar paneled lighter for Savinelli, which is a bit small, but the angled flame makes it easy to light any cigar. It's offered at a great price, and it even comes with a fuel cutoff valve.
Il Corona lighters are available through Savinelli. Call (919) 481-0511 for retailer information.
The Ikari is heavy-duty equipment. This is not the kind of thing to carry in your suit pocket, and the mechanism requires a firm grip, but if you need to light up in the wind and rain, or even snow, carry an Ikari.
If you must have a gadget, the lighter-cutters are useful devices to have around, but the ignition button must he held down when lighting a cigar. By comparison the Country is an excellent lighter for the money, with a wide flame for easy lighting and a flame adjustment wheel in an easy-to-find place just below the wind guard.
Rowenta lighters are available through Consolidated Cigar Corp. (800) 446-5797
Both S.T. Dupont lighters shown in these pages are stellar performers. They light easily and are comfortable to hold. You'll also find that adjusting the flame is an easy task.
S.T. Dupont (212) 593-4224
Davidoffs new line of lighters are well-made and come in a variety of styles. Design features include angled flames and strongly sprung caps that open easily.
Davidoff of Geneva (800) 328-4365
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