Dating canadian zippo lighters

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There was a Zippo made for every Mercury and Apollo mission.

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Hinges with equal barrels are generally classed as being manufactured up to the end of , whilst unequal barrels are generally classed as and later.

In order to overcome this it was decided to paint the lighter bodies with a coating of black paint.

The finished body was then baked which causes the paint to "crackle" These lighters became known as Black Crackles.

About 30% of Zippo’s sales are to collectors, according to Patrick Grandy, the company’s Corporate Media and Communications Manager.

But that’s a figure that doesn’t happen overnight—hell, it took Ty Inc.

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