Lighters and Ancient Greece Go hand-in-hand. According to Greek mythology, the God Prometheus stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to humans so we could benefit from its many advantages. As punishment for his deed, Prometheus was chained to a rock to have his liver eaten daily by eagles until at some point Hercules arrived to set him free. And one has to imagine poor Prometheus, bound to that rock, the eagle picking away at his liver, wondering to himself: “Was it all worth it?” To which we say, “Yes, damn it! Now, who’s got a light!?”
To honour Prometheus or at the very least some truly brilliant ancestors, we pay tribute to fire. More specifically, we share some prime examples of the best everyday carry lighters so that you might put a little historical magic right there with you in your jeans pocket. And maybe the next time you whip out one of these everyday carry lighters to ignite a firecracker or just to stare at the flame, you’ll remember what kind of sacrifices were made eons ago by some God or some crafty dude who just liked to rub sticks together. Oh, who are we kidding? You’re staring at a lighter flame from a pocket lighter–you’re far too drunk to remember anything! Spruce up your lifestyle with these 13 unique EDC lighters.
1. WindBlaze Torch Lighter
There’s really no beating a torch lighter for reliability. Whether you’re outdoor cooking, camping, or just enjoying stogie, the WindBlaze Torch Lighter uses windproof blue flames for lighting in rain, hail or shine. It’s small and compact and we’re a huge fan of the modern stainless steel look.
Options: black, gunmetal, chrome and blue
Notable feature: windproof flame
2. XIKAR EX Windproof Lighter
This cool, everyday carry lighter is a box-like silver beauty that flaunts an eye-catching chequered pattern and seriously powerful torch flame. Climb the nearest mountain and light a cigar at the top because the wind’s got nothing on the XIKAR EX’s sturdy flame. You can also engrave these modern cigarette lighters with just about any message of your choosing.
Options: black, gunmetal
Notable feature: windproof flame
3. Zippo Brass Lighter
For an example of everyday carry lighters with a soft premium touch, look no further than mainstay brand Zippo. Their distinguished Brass Lighter goes all Renaissance with an unmistakable Venetian design and brass finish that makes you feel like you’re lighting up with the Medici Family. Of course, the hallmarks that made you fall in love with Zippo lighters in the first place (hinged lid, metal construction, refillable butane) are still present here so buy with confidence and start showing off to your friends. A classic in the best butane lighters category for sure.
Options: High Polish Brass, Brushed Brass, Venetian High Polish Brass, Tumbled Brass, Herringbone Sweep, Diagonal Weave Brass
Notable features: protective coating, windproof
4. Davidoff Prestige Lighter Accolades Gilded
Did we say the Zippo Brass Lighter would impress your friends? Well, it definitely won’t if one of those friends is carrying this majestic creation, a refillable gold fire-breathing beauty equipped with a unique double flame burner. The retail price is $695–putting virtually all the other everyday carry lighters to shame–and yet somehow it looks worth it. Odds are if you’re buying the Davidoff Prestige then you’re puffing cigars next to Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. Welcome to the best luxury lighters list with this entry.
Brand: Davidoff Prestige Lighters
5. S.T. Dupont Minijet Chrome Grey Torch Flame Lighter
From S.T. Dupont comes in a pocket-sized stunner that boasts a grey chrome lacquer finish, lightweight brass body and wind-resistant single-action flame. Overall this is a clean, modern, high end, luxury lighter with a scratch-free vibe that will keep the fire going no matter what the circumstances. These unique lighters are stylish as they are classic.
Brand: S.T. Dupont
Notable features: single torch wind-resistant flame lighter, single action sidebar ignition