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Bowers Trench Lighter

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  1. chasingembers

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    Anybody have one? Always liked the looks of them, and just had one fall into a price range I was comfortable in. Probably no good for lighting a pipe, but still a neat little piece of history.

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    very cool

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    America has a great history of lighter manufacturers. I just enjoy seeing the heritage being kept alive. Great pipe Duane.

    Javan
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    No idea. But now you got me in a rabbit hole and Googling.

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    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. chasingembers

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    Old lighters have always been a fascination. Have and old Nimrod that gets regular use, but am still waiting on the stars to align for a catalytic lighter or an IMCO trench lighter in good shape.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Catalytic lighters pop up on eBay from time to time, have no idea about IMCO trench lighter.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. pepesdad1

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    Beattie's Jet lighter was the best I ever had for lighting pipes. Have no idea where it went, but that was 50+ years ago.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    The catalytic lighters that I like can be a pain to shop for, especially if they are used, because you "can't" repair them if the platinum filaments or platinum-black ball(s) are broken or worn out. You can always tell on ebay when someone is trying to dump a crappy one, because you won't be looking at any clear pics of the exciter sub-assembly, or whatever it is called. You can swap that whole exciter sub-assembly out with another lighter, which is handy if you have a beater case with good filaments, and vice-versa. Usually you can find NIB New Methods with the box and the glass extra fuel vial & cork on ebay for $40 to $50 total, and it should be in "near-mint+" condition for that price. Someone just sold a sweet store display with 10 NIB lighters included. 99% sure that there's someone on here who has a box of 20 or 30 of them, he was selling them off a while back.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    There are no markings on this one. It was my father's. Nice brass though.

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    Those trench lighters are cool. I've looked them up a few times, but have never pulled the trigger on one.

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    Cool lighter. Thinks these were originally made from Bullet casings in the trenches. Zippos probably took over design wise.

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    Zippos probably took over design wise.

    They were actually designed based on Austrian-made lighters, but right, they are really comfortable to use and windproof.

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    Very nice, first time I've ever seen one.

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  14. chasingembers

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    They were actually designed based on Austrian-made lighters

    Right you are. IMCO I believe.

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    IMCO I believe.

    Had to check it, you are right.

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    Neat lighter!

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    I have 1, a copy, the disadvantage is that in the long run it is badly closed, the hood lifts a little in the pocket or in the bag and it empties even faster than a Zippo.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Being unlit, I will probably never even fill it. Just wanted it to add to the collection.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Great stuff! Really nice add.

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    Dunhill made a fluidless trench lighter.

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    I love these. I found the Dunhill version in an antique shop years ago. I don't like using it to light the pipe though. It definitely uses fuel.

    While this one is not mine, it's the same lighter.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Well, I learned something today. Had no clue about these lighters. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. balkisobrains

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    There's a different Dunhill fuel-free version as well!

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    Pepesdad1:

    I've got a Beattie's Jet lighter that spooked the hell out of me originally and became the equivalent of a rack queen. (I keep my lighters in a walnut bowl on my smoking desk. So, bowl queen?) I was turning it to the left and sending liquid fuel down the the 1.5 inch "runway" hoping it would catch on fire.

    I didn't know it had a jet nozzle that tilted to the right. It was a junk store store find with no operating instructions.

    Thank you, God. Happy to still be here un-scarred.

    Good looking lighter, Duane. I'd put that in my bowl any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    Fnord
    Currently overjoyed with Linze and IMCO 6778 lighters

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    Posted 1 year ago #

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