History of Zippo

Zippo lighters are an iconic part of American History as much as the images and designs they display are.   You can find lighters with your favorite teams from the NFL and MLB, designs of our US Military, art collections, designer engravings, and more.  With over 500 different designs to choose from, you're sure to find that special lighter you've been looking for.

Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 when George G. Blaisdell decided to create a lighter that would look good and be easy to use. Blaisdell obtained the rights for an Austrian windproof lighter with a removable top and redesigned it to his own requirements. He made the case rectangular and attached the lid to the bottom with a welded hinge, and surrounded the wick with a wind hood. Fascinated by another recent invention, the zipper, Blaisdell called his new lighter "Zippo" and backed it with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Customer James says: "Well, after buying these wicks several months ago, it was time to replace the wick in my old trusty street chrome Zippo. It looked a bit daunting in the instructions, but in reality, it was quite easy to replace. Took me maybe 10 minutes of my time. Keep plenty on hand, especially if you're like me and have a collection of Zippos. Oh, and keep plenty of flints on hand too. You'll replace them more often than your wick."