My grandfather's Army-issued lighter from WWII

My grandfather's Army-issued lighter from WWII

Oh boy, I love those ones.

But I'm used to seeing the ones in which you place some burnable rope through the cylinder, that one looks quite different. Is it for oil or something?

This one uses rope as well. I'm kind of reluctant to try to light it, partly because it feels like an antique that should be preserved and partly because I don't really trust myself with flaming objects.

I'm kind of reluctant to try to light it, partly because it feels like an antique that should be preserved and partly because I don't really trust myself with flaming objects.

They're called "trench lighters" and, if I'm not mistaken, were first made of bullet shells by some ingenious service men. I, too, have one of these. It's brass and was manufactured by Camel.

Have you tried getting it to spark? Old lighters are awesome but a lot of the time the old flint turns to powder and blocks the tube.

bower trench lighter in action.

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That is a bit difficult to answer as buying a company can be pretty complicated

Sounds like it turns into a grenade.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Luckily it just hardens and blocks up the tube, which still kinda sucks because it can be incredibly hard to clean it out without damaging the lighter.

ha, that little helmet and that face.

That makes sense, with the cap to extinguish the flame.

As for experience, these lighters aren't the most reliable when it comes to stopping the rope from burning, so you are kinda right in being careful.

But honestly I smoked for like 15 years but have been cig sober for like 4. Still use nicotine lozenges and smoke a bunch of weed though. Also, I'm still an alcoholic.

ain't gotta be perfect, just better than you were yesterday.

Using hemp wick would help in this application .

Easy: lower/remove cap (the "helmet".) This exposes the wick ("rope"). Spin striker wheel against flint (like most other lighters), spraying sparks onto the wick, which has lighter fluid in it (you remembered to put in lighter fluid, right?) Once wick lights, light cigarette, cigar, pipe, fuse, captured enemy, etc. Use the cap to put it out for the next time.

I believe they used the same style in WWI.

I love that cartoon Camel! I'm gonna go smoke a cig because the cartoon told me to :)

But honestly I smoked for like 15 years but have been cig sober for like 4. Still use nicotine lozenges and smoke a bunch of weed though. Also, I'm still an alcoholic.

Straight up. Use it, best way to keep it clickin.

I've never seen a lighter like that before and it's gaddamn gorgeous. I'm not saying smoke and use it for those moment you need that good smoke but.. Maybe use it for that. My 20 year old zippo looks child's play next to that beautiful thing.

The company is still in business. http://www.bowers-mfg.com/heritage.html

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The best thing to do for it is give it some use and maintain it, replace the flints and keep it fueled, otherwise it could rust and become completely inoperable.

Not that it seems in dire need of maintenance, it looks great.

Lighter fluid will keep the wick from burning