Thursday, May 13, 2010

Zippo - Bottomz Up™

Zippo Bottomszupp...

I like this one because it is different from others normal lighter.
I just keep this as a personal collection and never used it as a lighter.

For decades, the Zippo bottom stamp has marked the authenticity of every genuine Zippo lighter. The simple system of dots and slashes, initiated to aid identification of lighters coming back to Zippo for repair, was later replaced by letters and Roman numerals, and still later by letters and digits signifying the month and year of manufacture.

Bottomz Up™ displays the traditional Zippo stamp not only on the bottom, but also on the top of the high polish chrome lighter. The conventional date code, showing month and year of manufacture, is stamped on the canned-style bottom, while the canned-style lid is branded with the year of manufacture and the symbol identifying it as Bottomz Up.

This lighter marks the inaugural release of Bottomz Up.

Zippo brief history

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.

Today Zippo has produced over 325 million windproof lighters since its founding in 1932. Except for improvements in the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, Blaisdell's original design remains virtually unchanged today. The Lifetime Guarantee that accompanies every Zippo metal product still guarantees that "It works or we fix it free".

Although the windproof lighter is the most popular Zippo product, Zippo took its first step toward diversification with the introduction of a six-foot flexible steel pocket tape measure in 1962. The success of this product led Zippo to expand the line to its current product family of tape measures, pocket knives, money clips, writing instruments, key holders, ZipLight™ pocket flashlights and the Fixxit™ pocket tool. Today, all of these items can be imprinted with company logos or trademarks.

Zippo has expanded its sales operations nationally and internationally through a wide network of sales representatives. In more than 120 countries throughout the world, Zippo is synonymous with American made quality and craftsmanship.

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