While convenient for many, and lucrative for the manufacturers (and shareholders,) the disposable lighter is an appalling waste of energy and materials. I bought one of these a few weeks ago after tiring of throwing out the disposables. Now the only consumables are the flints and the fluid.As for the design, it is almost perfect. I find it particularly neat that you can pull the reservoir out of the housing to use as a candle, and the striking mechanism is brilliant as well. One minor complaint is that ..
...IMCO lighters are more reliable, don't leak, actually stay lit in wind, and cost less. I have one that my grandfather picked up "over there" nearly ninety years ago that still gets the job done.If I have any complaint at all, it's that the things chew up flints pretty quickly. In exchange, however, you get one heck of a spark that fires the wick first time, every time.
This is a pipe lighter--it has a removable "fuel tank" with which you can light a pipe (or campfire--anything that requires "distance" from your hand and the ability to tip the flame like a candle). It is windproof, as long as you have the "chimney slide" type thing choked up and the wick trimmed. It is remarkably fuel-efficient, due to its unique fuel tank cap and built-in snuffer that seals around the top of the tank when closed. It is lightweight. I think it's either made of steel or tin, but whatever it..