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 re-designed 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 windhood. Fascinated by another recent invention, the zipper, Blaisdell called his new lighter "Zippo", and backed it with a Lifetime Guarantee. The Zippo windproof pocket lighter is one of the most collectable in the world.
1941 Replica, Black Ice For peace of mind when purchasing, please note that the Zippo 1941 Replica, Black Ice comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. All Zippo Lighters are sold empty, so don't forget to purchase your Genuine Zippo Lighter Fluid! NB - This lighter is not a solid black colour, Black Chrome refers to a dark silver polish finish.