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Product Review: Zippo Blu

I was gifted a Zippo Blu with a shipment that H.J. Bailey sent me a while back. The shipment was Don Ramon cigars for review and the Zippo was an added bonus.

They have a wide range of choices to fit most any style.  The one I have is customized with a Don Ramon logo on the front and H.J. Bailey Co. on the back including the phone number under it.

Brand: Zippo
Color: Varies
Price: Varies Buy a Zippo Blu

Features:

  • made in USA (this is always good)
  • patented technology
  • refillable butane
  • fuel indicator level
  • “Z” pattern chimney
  • sturdy metal construction
  • flint wheel ignition
  • distinctive Zippo click
  • world-famous guarantee
  • unique bottom stamp and date code

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About Zippo:

Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell. He was born on June 5, 1895, in Bradford. On the surface of it, young George Blaisdell hardly seemed like someone who would find success in the brutal years of the Depression. He had very little formal education. He hated school; walked out of fifth grade and told his family he wasn’t going back.

His father bundled him off to a military academy, but young George Blaisdell lasted only two years there before he was summarily dismissed. His father put him to work in the family business – the Blaisdell Machinery Company – where he learned metal work, a skill that would come in handy in the germination stages of the Zippo lighter nearly thirty years later.

After World War I, he took over the family business, then sold the machinery company in 1920 and put the money in oil. The 20s roared – then stopped. Oil plunged along with just about everything else into the Great Depression. In Bradford, PA, where years of oil-boom business seemed invulnerable, the effects of the Depression were deeply felt.

Sarah Dorn provides this account of her father in the early days of Zippo: My father hated the oil business. He wasn’t particularly good at it; in fact, he was a man for whom the boom was bust. He didn’t have the temperament for it. The one thing he did know in the early 30s was that he needed to do something, because those days were tough. There wasn’t a lot of money lying about then, but he went to everybody to get the money to launch Zippo Manufacturing Company. Nobody had any faith in it. It seemed like a foolish, harebrained idea. And it was. Imagine: manufacturing and marketing a lighter for $1.95 when that amount of money fed a family. What kept him going? I think whatever it was, it was tinged with desperation. He had to make this work. For him and his family, as they say now, there was no Plan B.

The Lighter: It’s a Zippo what else can I say? The quality is as good as what you are use to. When the flint strikes it starts a nice flame that does not fail. Looks like it can be adjusted on the bottom but I didn’t have to touch it. It has a window on the side showing you how much gas you have in your lighter so you can check on your way out the door.  This also makes it easy to refill. I have never had a cigar lighter that cost over $20 and always seem to have trouble getting them to refill. I have filled this one many of times and have never had an issue. Fills up in two pumps. That brings me to one of the cons of the lighter. The time between refills is about 3-4 cigars. Being a jet this is expected but I thought it would last a little longer. The flint is easy to replace by lifting up on the flint wheel and just like the traditional Zippo you get the world famous guarantee.

Over all: I really enjoy using this lighter and have not used anything else since I got it. I love the clink when you open and close a Zippo. If you like using a Zippo I don’t think you will be disappointed plus you won’t get the taste of lighter fluid.

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Cigar Review: EO 601 Black Robusto

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The EO brand (United Tobacco) was founded in 2003 by two long time friends Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega. They both have a long history in the cigar industry. The EO 601 line of cigars are blended by Pepin Garcia.

Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5×50
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Price: $117 (20)

Pre-light: This cigar is not very tempting looking but I didn’t buy it to look at it, this stick is for smok’en. The light brown (almost a light Candela look) wrapper has some stitch type veins and has a nice triple cap. A small amount of spice and leather on the smell and some delayed spice on the draw.

The burn: The cigar fired up with almost no work using my Zippo Blu. The burn was normal, it needed one touch up. The draw was perfect all the way through giving off a good amount of smoke. The ash started white a turned gray for the most part lasting to an inch and a half only dropping on demand.

The taste: To sum it up in one word, lacking. Not much to report here. I read in a couple other reviews that this cigar has a lot of spice. I tasted a very small amount of pepper and wood but nothing that really stuck out. Maybe I’m missing something on the cigar but it was pretty mellow for me.

Over all: An average cigar. Definitely not my favorite EO 601 but a decent cigar. I would pick up the 601 Maduro (Blue) before this one any day. Maybe I’m missing something??? Do you guys agree or am I way off base here?

What others say about the EO 601 Black: