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Imports vs Domestic

June 18, 2013

IM Corona Old Boy Pewter 1251 Import Pipe Lighters vs. Domestic/European Pipe Lighters

IM Corona Old Boy Pewter Finish with Pipe Shapes $150 (made in Japan)

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Jifeng 103 Import Pipe Lighters vs. Domestic/European Pipe Lighters

Pipe Lighter Pewter Finish with Pipe Shapes $44.95 (made in China)

You have probably noticed that there is a huge difference in the prices of different pipe lighters. The “royalty” among pipe lighters; IM Corona, Dunhill, DuPont and Sillems to name a few, enjoy such price tags as $150 to over $1,000!!! Such is understandable, to a point, when they are gold plated or feature some other precious metal. But the question that remains is how can a lighter cost twice as much when the mechanics and materials are much the same as other pipe lighters with the same features, such as Yibao, Jifeng, Vertigo, Colibri, Cohiba and Xikar?

Dunhill Rollagas Alligator Pattern Pipe LIghter 150x150 Import Pipe Lighters vs. Domestic/European Pipe LightersSome say it is because the more expensive pipe lighters are domestically manufactured, or manufactured in Europe, while the mid to low cost lighters are “imports”. But is that really true? I learned just the other day that Savinelli’s IM Corona Old Boy Pipe Lighter was actually manufactured in Japan! I’m not implying that Japanese lighters are not of good quality. But I am asking are they worth 4-5 times more than other import lighters?

Many brands of pipe lighters today are manufactured in China. While some will turn up their nose at the thought of owning a Chinese made product; thinking of lesser quality, I am old enough to remember when the same was said of “Made in Japan”.

Yibao Butane Pipe Lighter Striped Chrome 150x150 Import Pipe Lighters vs. Domestic/European Pipe Lighters

Striped Chrome Pipe Lighter $65.95 (made in China)

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Corona Old Boy Pipe Lighter Chrome with LInes 150x150 Import Pipe Lighters vs. Domestic/European Pipe Lighters

IM Corona Striped Chrome Pipe Lighter $136 (made in Japan)

So, here’s the deal. Below I have listed those “royalty” pipe lighter companies mentioned above, along with the country in which their lighters are made. Then you can decide whether or not it is worth mortgaging the house to buy one. As well, I will list the mid to low cost pipe lighter brands showing the country they are manufactured in.

At the end if the day, if you want to spend $150+ for a good quality pipe lighter, so be it. But at least you will be informed as to what you are getting.

High Priced Pipe Lighters

Savinellis’s IM Corona-Italian Company and manufactured in Japan (according to IM Corona’s Amazon listing)
Dunhill-British Company and manufactured in England.
DuPont-French Company with lighters made in France and China. Minijet and Maxijet series are made in China. Other lighters are made in France.
Sillems-German Company and lighters are made in Japan.

Low to Mid Priced Pipe Lighters

Wenzhou Yibao Hardware-Chinese manufacturer that is ISO 9001 and SA8000 certified. Manufactures lighters for Cohiba (43,000 in 2012) and under the brand names of Jifeng and Yibao.
Vertigo-Made by Lotus (also makes Nibo) Manufactured in China
Colibri-Made in China
Xikar-Made in China
IMCO-Austrian Company and per their website they are Austrian made since 1907.

My point throughout this post is the vast majority of lighters are made in China and Japan. My question is what is really the difference between the $79.99 Pewter Finish with Pipe Shapes; that looks and works just like the $150.00 Savinelli’s IM Corona Old Boy? The same would be true with the Lotus Vertigo Briar and the Xikar Pipeline.

At the end of the day if someone is determined to lay down $200+ for what they believe to be a European Lighter (that is really manufactured in China or Japan) they will do it. But, for all of those who want a comparable quality pipe lighter for 1/5th the price, that is manufactured in China or Japan, they can do so knowing that many of these mid priced lighters are manufactured in the same countries and in similar factories as the high priced lighters.

To purchase one of these fine, mid-priced lighters you can learn more about them by clicking one of the links below.
Pipe Lighter Pewter Finish with Pipe Shapes $79.99 (compare to IM Corona’s Old Boy Pewter Finish with Pipe Shapes $150)

Leather Wrapped Pipe Lighter $59.95
Pipe Lighter Silver Finish with Chrome Lines $69.95 (compare with IM Corona Old Boy Chromium Lines $136)

Cheers!

www.pipelighters.net

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What Kind Of Man Are You

June 14, 2013

What Kind Of Man Are You?

Posted on June 14, 2013

Cowboy What Kind Of Man Are You?What Kind Of Man Are YouThere are certain possessions that; often unbeknownst to the individual, distinguish the qualities of a man. Among these are his shoes, his pocket knife and yes….his lighter. Because they are so seemingly insignificant they often escape the man’s own notice of how closely they can reveal his motivations & values. Is he stingy and fearful; unwilling to invest in something of value that will last for many years? Or, is he flashy and showy; buying only the most recognized brand names, at high prices, in order to “catch the eye” of others. Is he masculine; preferring simple designs. Or, is he more stylish & elegant in nature? Flashy Tom Selec What Kind Of Man Are You?There are few items more personal and descriptive of a man than his lighter. In the last few generations a lighter often lasted a man several decades; if not his entire life, and was left as a keepsake to his son. His lighter represented him as a thoughtful, quality minded man who spent his money wisely yet spent enough to buy something of value. Even though a man’s lighter is small; maybe 2″ tall and less than 3-4 ounces, it is a representation of a man’s personal identity.

Taking a closer look at lighters; you can see that some lighters are plastic and cost very little; but they don’t last, in other words they are cheap. While other lighters cost over $150 and bear the brand name in hopes to make everyone else green with envy. Then there are those lighters that have the features of the high prices lighters (i.e all metal casing, double horizontal strike wheel, flint ignition, built in tamp & pick, protected fuel valve, silicon seals, etc.), which the cheap ones don’t have, but cost half the price of the Brand Name lighters. They can be simple in design, yet suggest a sense of style from earlier era. Some of these great value lighters even come with lifetime replacement warranties!

So, what kind of man are you? Below are some suggestions of good quality, reasonably priced lighters that you and your sons can enjoy.

Cheers!

PipeLighters

Jibao Leather Wrapper Pipe Lighter 150x150 What Kind Of Man Are You?20130528 063355 150x150 What Kind Of Man Are You?

– See more at: http://www.pipelighters.net/zippo-pipe-lighters/what-kind-of-man-are-you#sthash.hkMcbXSf.dpuf

Do you like it in Leather?

June 12, 2013

This solidly built Extended Arm Pipe Lighter is a great addition to your collection, or, to use everyday.

Solid Metal Casing & Parts this inexpensive lighter features all of the attributes of pipe lighters that cost much more.

This attractive all metal lighter features the signature “Extended Arm” flame cap, horizontal flint strike wheel and protected fuel intake valve and flame adjustment wheel.

  • This lighter is protected with a 100% “No Questions” Life Time Guarantee!!
  • Leather Wrapped Butane Cigar/Pipe Lighter
  • Size: 53mm x 24mm x 15mm
  • Weight 2 ounces
  • All Metal Casing with leather wrapped Accent

– See more at: http://www.pipelighters.net/products-page/product-category/im-corona-pipe-lighter/extended-arm-leather-wrapped-pipe-lighter

Extended Arm Pipe Lighter

June 7, 2013

Featured Pipe Lighters

FEATURED PIPE LIGHTERS

Jiffeng 103 Pipe Lighter 148x148 Featured Pipe Lighters
Pipe Lighter Pewter Finish with Pipe Charts

Jiffeng 103 Pipe Lighter Featured Pipe LightersReplica of IM Corona Old Boy Pipe Lighter with Pipe Charts This beautiful replica of the Savinelli IM Corona Old Boy Pipe Lighter with Pipe Shapes engraved in the Pewter Finish is sure to become your favorite pipe lighter. Featuring “turn of the century” antique styling with the flint wheel ignition; the most reliable form of flame ignition, this 90 degree side angled soft flame makes lighting your pipe a joy. Don’t miss this limited offer. The original Corona Old Boy sells at $125-$160!!!

Horizontal Strike Wheel 90 degree side angled soft flame Generous Fuel Supply/Refillable Built in Pipe Tamp & Pick Lift Arm Flame Snuffer Recessed Fuel Intake Valve to eliminate leakage Easy Access Flame Adjustment Wheel Replica of Savinelli IM Corona Old Boy Pipe Lighter-Pewter Finish with Pipe Images Lifetime guarantee!!!www.pipelighters.net

Can You Tell The Difference the Old Boy and My Lighter?

June 3, 2013

Can you tell the difference between the Corona Old Boy and my Pipe Lighter?

Below are seemingly identical pipe lighters. One is the IM Corona Old Boy Pewter with Pipe Shapes and the other is my new lighter; Premium Butane Pipe Lighter Pewter with Pipe Shapes. The Old Boy costs around $160 (MSRP) and comes with a 2 year replacement warranty if it cannot be repaired (repairs average around $56) and my new Pipe Lighter cost $79.95 and comes with a Lifetime Replacement Warranty. See if you can tell the difference.

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<span style=”color: #000000;”>If you think this is the better lighter, you can click <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D4BA4SU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D4BA4SU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=pipelightersn-20” target=”_blank”>HERE</a> for more information on buying it.</span><a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D4BA4SU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00D4BA4SU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=pipelightersn-20” target=”_blank”>
<a href=”http://www.pipelighters.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Jifeng-103-for-Comparison.jpg“><img class=”alignleft wp-image-2475″ alt=”Jifeng 103 for Comparison” src=”http://www.pipelighters.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Jifeng-103-for-Comparison.jpg” width=”360″ height=”360″ /></a></a>

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<span style=”color: #000000;”><span style=”color: #000000;”>If you think this is the better lighter, you can click <a title=”Pipe Lighter Pewter Finish with Pipe Charts” href=”http://www.pipelighters.net/products-page/product-category/im-corona-pipe-lighter/pipe-lighter-pewter-finish-with-pipe-charts” target=”_blank”>HERE</a> for more information on buying it.<a href=”http://www.pipelighters.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/IM-Corona-for-comparions.jpg“>
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If you can’t tell the difference and you want more information on my Amazing Pipe Lighter with a LIfetime Replacement Warranty just click <a title=”Pipe Lighter Pewter Finish with Pipe Charts” href=”http://www.pipelighters.net/products-page/product-category/im-corona-pipe-lighter/pipe-lighter-pewter-finish-with-pipe-charts” target=”_blank”>HERE</a>

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