Cigar Aficionado

Colibri's Trilign Lighter

Examples of man's unique relationship with the number three can be traced through all parts of life: religion, philosophy, mathematics, art and, now, lighters.

Although the concept of using three flames to aid the lighting of larger gauge cigars is not new to the aficionado, Colibri's butane-fueled Trilign further develops this idea.

A push of the side ignition button opens two flaps—much like a space shuttle's cargo bay doors—and produces a pyramid-shaped torch flame, a perfect isosceles triangle, which is adjustable.

Three high-velocity jet burners, aligned atop the lighter, create the distinguishable flame. The center jet burner fires straight up while the two flanking burners shoot at an angle towards the center flame. The result is a heat source big enough to light the fattest double corona you can find.

The high-velocity jet burners help the flame endure wind extremely well, but don't believe retailers who market the lighter as entirely windproof.

Made of stainless steel, the Trilign's heft is reassuring and yet light enough to stash in the front pants pocket. The lighter's lines are neither curvy nor boxy, but sleek and a pleasure to hold. The aficionado who wants to travel light will appreciate the 8 mm cigar punch, which is razor sharp, that folds out from the bottom of the lighter.

Colibri says the Trilign will light 100 cigars on a full tank of butane. A fuel-level viewing window on the side opposite the ignition button helps the smoker keep tabs if he loses track of how often he lights up.

The Trilign comes in four colors: black/light gun satin, chrome satin/light gun satin, dark gunmetal/light gunmetal and light gun satin/dark gunmetal. The finish feels smooth to the touch and ribs on the lighter's ignition ensure the user will always have enough grip.

The Trilign retails for $80 and just started shipping to stores and tobacconists everywhere.