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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:10 pm

    OK, let's see those lighters with military themes or connections! Although this is posted in the US section, lighters from other countries are welcome, too. (Mods, this is my first thread, so please let me know if I've 'got it right' or not. Thanks!)

    Here's one to start things off, a WWII "Black Crackle Finish" Zippo:

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:15 pm

    Here's the 'back story' on that lighter:

    Beginning in 1939, World War II had a profound effect on Zippo. Upon America’s entry into the war, Zippo ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing and sales to the U.S. military.

    However, all the grade one steel and brass was needed for the machinery of war, so Zippo Company had to use what was available, a secondary grade of steel for their production, instead. As for chrome or nickel: it was impossible to obtain to use for plating the steel cases. By early 1942 Zippo lighters made with this secondary quality steel started to corrode from humidity.

    Born out of necessity in order to keep high quality standards, the cases were coated with a heavy black paint and baked for curing what resulted in a crinkly surface stucture, later on know as "black crackle finish", circa mid-1942.

    The fact that millions of American military personnel carried the Zippo lighter into battle was a significant catalyst in establishing Zippo as an icon of America throughout the world. Supplying the military market resulted in full production for the plant. This enabled Zippo to be strong financially and made it a viable company.

    (By the way, as an aside, date codes weren't stamped on the bottom of Zippo cases until the mid-1950's.)

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:31 pm

    Here's another:

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:33 pm

    And one for our submariners:

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    Post by mylle on Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:37 pm

    Well I'm not a smoker but I like those zippos! Wink
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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:33 pm

    mylle wrote:Well I'm not a smoker but I like those zippos! Wink

    Thanks, Alex! I smoke an occasional cigar, but the military lighters collection just sort of 'took off.' Here's another:

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:40 pm

    Hum, perhaps I'm the only military lighter collector on here. I'll post one or two more and see what happens.

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:49 pm

    And one more:

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:43 pm

    Must be just me that's 'into' lighters. Here's another one:

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    South Vietnamese

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    Post by metal73 on Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:23 pm

    I´m not a collector of Zippos but your collection is very nice Very Happy Thank you for sharing.
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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:37 pm

    Thanks very much, Metal73!  Here's another (this is for the French Fusiliers Marines School.)

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:09 pm

    Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ranger unit:

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    Post by mylle on Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:27 pm

    Nice ones, btw do you still use them for time to time or are they just for looking?
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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:19 pm

    mylle wrote:Nice ones, btw do you still use them for time to time or are they just for looking?

    Thanks! Some I use, Alex. That old WWII one in the first post though, that one is now a 'shelf queen.' Here's one from Operation Enduring Freedom:

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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:47 pm

    Here's a cool IFOR one:" />
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:56 pm

    Here's some of mine. WW2 crinkle finish in black and OD green. These are made by Windy. I've got 3 black ones and 2 OD. I've got one in Navy gray also, but don't have a picture of it.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:09 pm

    Charlie C0, 501st Inf. This one was made by Vulcan

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    One from Da Nang 65-66. made by Zenith

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    Another from Da Nang 65-66. This one made by Noble

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    One fron Phan Rang 66-67

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:26 pm

    Zippo 7 point from a SEAL. He was a high School friend's uncle.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:29 pm

    USS Richard E Byrde Zippo

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    USS Tidewater Zippo

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:32 pm

    720th AC&W Sqdn Zippo

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    Post by ripcord on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:34 pm

    Here is a subject you don't see much of..

    Nice pieces, Joe, Finns. Really impressive old school spark guys..



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