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**** How old is your Zippo?? ****

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Guru, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Guru

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 8, 2005

    Posts: 5,119

    Hi all,

    I found my old Zippo the other day and resurrected it. :cool:

    I was interested to know how old it is as I've had it for years and years and years! I looked here where it shows the date codes:

    http://www.zippo.com/about/article.aspx?id=1582

    Turns out I have has mine is J VIII and I've had it for 21 years! My lighter is older than the person I sit opposite at work lol :o

    So how old is yours? Pics would be nice too:

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    Thanks,

    G
     
  2. Edrof

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 16, 2009

    Posts: 15,932

    Location: UK

    I don't smoke anymore but when I did I loved my Zippos. I didn't know you could look up their codes. Will have to dig out mine.
     
  3. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,817

    Upload some zippo tricks please. I don't have one anymore either but still have a soft spot for them.
     
  4. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,351

    Location: Southampton

    Had older ones but they have gone missing. My current one is only 2 years old

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  5. grimm

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 14, 2009

    Posts: 3,578

    I have one that's about 15 years old but I think it leaks fuel now and doesn't light particularly well. Whenever I used it my hand would smell of lighter fuel lol.
     
  6. Edrof

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 16, 2009

    Posts: 15,932

    Location: UK

    My satin one is from 2001, but my brushed chrome and chrome models are older than that - I just can't remember where I left them!
     
  7. Theophany

    PermaBanned

    Joined: Sep 1, 2010

    Posts: 10,051

    Location: PermaProbation.

    The one I have with me is a 2010 - I 10. Birthday present from my brother a couple of years ago.

    My other one's probably a bit older, maybe a 2006, but it needs a bit of work.
     
  8. Guru

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 8, 2005

    Posts: 5,119

    They have a lifetime warranty mate, mine is so old that the wheel that sparks the flint went smooth and it wouldn't spark lol I sent it to Zippo in the states and they sorted it :) They replaced the whole inside and the hinge on the case :)
     
  9. hyperst

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 16, 2008

    Posts: 3,991

    Location: Lincolnshire

    I have an oldish one, I bet it 15 years old, hinge is broken now though, will get a picture of it when i find it
     
  10. ZXSpectrum

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 9,394

    Location: Derby

    Mine is pretty new and from the SXOC so will be about 3 years old.
     
  11. hyperst

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 16, 2008

    Posts: 3,991

    Location: Lincolnshire

  12. zenf

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 15, 2003

    Posts: 1,342

    I think my first one is 2004 or so. I just got a new 1941 replica, it's very nice!
     
  13. boxman2000

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 10, 2009

    Posts: 4,474

    Location: South West

    Don't smoke but love my zippos, my favourite is 16 years old but had one from a mate which is quite fancy and that got to be 10+ years old.

    I didn't realise they had a lifetime warranty, good to know.
     
  14. PaulyD

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 24, 2008

    Posts: 4,626

    Location: High Wycombe

    I had a brilliant two tone (TVR style paint) one that I had for years, eventually lost it on a night out and was really gutted.

    Love the smell from a Zippo lighter
     
  15. thedoc46

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 18, 2003

    Posts: 5,919

    Location: Expat in the USA

    Here's mine. Pretty old. From 1966 until 1973 the year code was denoted by combinations of vertical lines (|). I'm not sure how to tell exactly what yr it is. Anyone know? I also can't find out much about the Tankers Inn Vietnam. Would love to know some history on it. Was given to me by a close family friend a good 25yrs ago, who had a cousin who fought in the Vietnam War. I use to take it out with me, many yrs ago, when I smoked. One day really drunk, i thought I'd lost it. Spent a good while going thru all my pockets and remember going to bed spinning & GUTTED. Then the next morning, sober, there it was in one of my pockets. And that was the last time it went out with me. :D


    ** EDIT thanks to http://www.zippo.com/about/article.aspx?id=1582 its a 1968. :D

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    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  16. Prophet

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 5, 2004

    Posts: 7,289

    Location: Notts

    I think I bought mine in the mid 90's. Didn't know about the code so will check when I get home.

    Edit.. mines a D XI making it 1995.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  17. TommyV

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 14, 2008

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    Bought one about a year and a half ago, got it taken away from me at sydney airport after owning it for 4 months or so when trying to fly to cairnes as they wouldn't let me board with it.

    Dicks.

    What annoyed me, is that there was no issue boarding from HTR > HK > SYD
     
  18. Guru

    Soldato

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    Posts: 5,119

    Awesome :D
     
  19. haaammit

    Mobster

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    Location: On the Wagon-East Angular

    Mine's a 1992 plain brass one - haven't smoked in about 10 years! The hinge seems a bit loose and wobbly :(

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  20. thedoc46

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 18, 2003

    Posts: 5,919

    Location: Expat in the USA

    Thanks to the OP for this thread. Following on from this, I've managed to find a site for the 2/34 armor who served in Nam, and a list of their email addresses. I may just hit some of them up, and let them know that 25yrs ago a boy from suburbia London, ended up with one of their zippo lighters, and that its now back in the US.

    Looking at their site, there's some pretty cool history behind this little zippo of mine. I gave up smoking 20yrs ago, (before the internet & google) and its just sat in a drawer forgotten about. Only to resurface today thanks to this post.