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Old Boy, Kiribi or Peterson? Seeking Recommendation

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    Hi folks,

    I decided to go with a nice lighter and I think based my research and your comments, these three are reliable: Old boy, Kirbi, and Peterson. They have similar look too. Just wondering if there is a major diferrence between them or performance wise one is better.

    As alway much appreciate your help.

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    Old Boy all day long

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    I haven’t tried the Kirbi or Peterson, my IMC Old Boy is awesome, holds a good amount of fuel and lights every time with barley a flick of the wheel.

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    I have an IM Corona Old Boy, and a couple of Kiribi old boy style lighters. They are all fine.

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    I really love my Kiribi. I've only had that out of the three mentioned, so I can't compare, but I was in a search before I bought it in which I considered an old boy. I decided that the Kiribi would get me into the old boy style for a cheaper price and had heard nothing but good things, so I went for that. Maybe one day I'll get an old boy, but really, the Kiribi is essentially the same lighter. Not sure if the old boy is better or not, but until I have one, I can't say for sure. At least for me.

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    Aren't some brands actually made by the same factory in Japan?

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    I can't compare since I only have the Peterson, but I'm very satisfied with mine and it seems to be well worth the price. I would recommend it.

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    My Kiribi was performing wizardly till the flint took leave of a productive life. Whichever lighter you buy, make sure you order replacement flints along with it. It really sux for the flint to give out and then find out the replacements are out of stock.

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    Jason,
    As Olkofri mentioned, both lighters are exactly the same in regard to fit and finish. Peterson lighters are rebranded Kiribis and arrive with the exact same packaging with a different logo. My Peterson lighters is fanatastic. Buy whichever one looks better to you.
    Dan

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    I’ve got a Peterson had it a few years now no problems whatsoever.

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    Buy the one that doesn't evaporate fuel like crazy. Yes, my Zippo, I am speaking about you.

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    I only have a Kiribi, but I’m obsessed with it. I researched quite a bit before buying a pipe lighter, and I believe they are not insignificantly cheaper than the Old Boy. The fuel lasts forever and replacement flints are really cheap. Buy the Kiribi brand flints and you get a small bottle with like 15-20 flints for just a few dollars. I’ve yet to replace the flint after 4 months of use. I also really like the wing on top for opening the lighter, it feels really good in the hand. I know some people complained about screws backing out and parts flying off but I’ve yet to have that problem. I check all the screws with a precision screwdriver every so often and I’ve yet to find one that was even slightly loose. You won’t be disappointed with any of those 3 lighters I’m sure, but I wouldn’t spend more money to get the same performance. Kiribi or Peterson would get my vote.

    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”.
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    You may also want to take a look at the IM-Corona Pipemaster. I've using one for years and it's every bit as reliable as the Old Boy. Same price range, too.

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    My IM Corona Pipemasters are great lighters, no need for flints. My IM Corona Old Boys are also great lighters and they use a flint. If you go Old Boy make sure you spend the money for IM Coronoa flints, they are the best flints I have found.

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    Like OlkoFri I suspect that Kiribis and Petersons come from the same factory in Japan,nonthless were I living in America I'd perhaps consider Kirbi Kabutos seen on Smokingpipes.com since they're a bit more affordable than Petersons.All the same,good value.

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    1) Old Boy, 2) Kiribi, and 3) Peterson.

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    IM Corona seems to be behind Sillem's lighters too. The stamp on the bottom of Sillem's lighters does say "IM Corona - Japan". The Sillem's are probably finished in Germany, though.

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    I have both a Peterson & Old Boy, both work well, easy flame adjustment, easy refill, hardware feels solid in both. If priced similarly, and I could only have one, I’d go with the Old Boy given their long service record.

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    I have a Sillems (which is an IM Corona with a silver body and Chinese lacquer but apart from the cosmetic appearance it is I believe the same) and a Pearl Foxtail/Kiribi, I don't like the Kiribi design as the screw on the snuffer lever keeps coming undone so I had to keep tightening it which became a pain.
    Many seem to love Kiribi but for what it's worth I prefer the Old Boy/Sillems, also take into account the Sillems cost just over double the Foxtail/Kiribi

    Chris

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    Do old boys and Kiribi share same size flints?

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    I stick with Bics now. Dropped my Old Boy the day I bought it, and now it leaks fuel. Drop a Bic and it still works.

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    I stick with Bics now. Dropped my Old Boy the day I bought it, and now it leaks fuel. Drop a Bic and it still works.

    Never doubt the durability of a Bic.
    Has any one of you guys had one of these fancy lighters go through the wash. Im sure at some point this would happen to me, if I had one.

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    I have the Peterson lighter...

    To be honest, I wanted an old boy but I found the Peterson NIB for $40 and I have not been disappointed whatsoever. If I remember correctly, the Peterson Lighter is made by Tsubota Pearl in Japan and is quality. If all the prices are currently equal (or if money is of not issue to you), I would get the Old Boy as is known quality. But if there is a substantial savings on the Peterson, know that it is a quality made lighter and will not let you down.

    "I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand"
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    My Old Boy is pre-Japanese manufacture. I had misplaced it for several years, tried lighting it and voila, perfect light immediately. None of my other lighters would perform as well. There, now I jinxed myself! One of my smarter purchases over the 15 or so years of intermittent pipe smoking!

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    Whichever lighter you buy, make sure you order replacement flints along with it. It really sux for the flint to give out and then find out the replacements are out of stock.

    This is precisely why I've avoided buying a lighter that uses flints.
    I'm using a Colibri 'piezo-electric' Pacific Air Soft Flame Pipe lighter
    that doesn't need flints and that so far has been performing quite well.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Colibri-Pacific-Air-Pipe-Lighter-Soft-Flame-in-Brushed-Gunmetal-Black/323695970311?hash=item4b5dc88807:g:LdsAAOSwlpZacJYd
    I think it also costs considerably less than the lighters you've been discussing.

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    I love my Kiribi. I also have a Sarome which is also made in Japan and it’s a great lighter as well.

    http://www.sarome.com/products/lighter/pipe/

    Posted 3 months ago #

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