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600 Million Zippo Lighters

On June 3rd, 2020 Zippo made history with its 600 millionth lighter.

LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE

600 Millionth Zippo Lighter Collectible

LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE

600 Millionth Zippo Lighter Collectible

Available for purchase on July 31st

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Celebrating 600 Million Zippo Lighters

On June 3rd, 2020 Zippo produced it's historic 600 millionth lighter.

LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE

600 Millionth Zippo Lighter Collectible

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600 Millionth Collectible Features

- 360° Laser Engraving -

 

High Polish Chrome lighter features 360° laser engraving and a color image 600 million logo.

- Special Bottom Stamp -

 

A commemorative bottom stamp that will only be featured on lighters produced on June 3rd and including all of the 600 Millionth Collectible lighters.

- Custom Packaging -

 

Premium packaging with a mirrored foam insert and a vibrant coordinated box and sleeve for a truly one of a kind memento.

Fanning An Eternal Flame

“This is an incredible milestone for any company. For all the steps that go into making a single Zippo lighter, to make 600M of them in 88 years is an amazing feat.  

 

My grandfather, George G. Blaisdell, started Zippo as tiny company in 1932. It was the middle of the Great Depression and everybody said to him, ‘George, this is not going to work.’  

 

He had a difficult time, of course, but with the devotion of his small group of employees, they made it through. And thanks to the continued devotion of our exceptional employees today – several of whom are grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the original employees – we continue that legacy, making something we can all be proud of.

 

It is an honor to place Zippo’s 600 Millionth Lighter on display in the Zippo/Case Museum as a tribute to this company – its remarkable past and promising future, the thousands of people who have worked at Zippo over the last eight decades, and the city of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Zippo’s home and the words stamped on every single lighter we’ve made, all 600 million of them.”

 

— George Duke, Zippo's owner and chairman of the board.

George Duke, Zippo’s owner and chairman of the board, raises the lit 600 millionth lighter in salute to Zippo’s employees on June 3, 2020.

George Duke, Zippo’s owner and chairman of the board, raises the lit 600 millionth lighter in salute to Zippo’s employees on June 3, 2020.

600 Million Timeline

- FAMILY -

1932

George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932. Mr. Blaisdell creates the first windproof lighter in 1933 and to this day his grandson and great-grandson remain active owners of the business.

- FILM -

1942

Zippo appears in first major film with the iconic windproof lighter; by 2020 Zippo has made more that 2,000 film appearances.

- MUSIC -

1960

Concert goers begin brandishing the windproof lighter to request encores from artists, rumoured to have started at Woodstock [1969].

- COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR -

1992

Zippo launches the Collectible of the Year for the first time. Since then, Zippo has produced a variety of different collectibles.

- PRODUCT EXPANSION -

2000

Zippo expands product offering with utility flex-neck lighter. The past 20 years have seen five new product categories added to the Zippo line including: outdoor, leather goods, and eyewear.

- TRADEMARKS -

2002

Zippo receives its first of two trademarks for its iconic design; in 2018, the satisfying sound of the Zippo 'click' became the second, and one of the only seven trademarked sounds in the world.

- 500 MILLION -

2012

Zippo produces 500 million windproof lighters!

- CUSTOMIZATION -

2013

The very first customized lighter is created on Zippo.com. Six years later sees the launch of a lighter inserts collection, including the rechargeable arc and butane torch, allowing fans to customize their own flame.

- ART -

2017

Zippo partners with flame artist Steven Spazuk to launch its first global art campaign. Zippo has worked with over 27 licensed artists since 1932.

- SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY -

2019

The brand launches its first Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, Fight Fire with Fire, planting a tree in Madagascar for every Zippo x WOODCHUCK USA lighter sold.

- 600 MILLION -

2020

Zippo marks the production of its 600 millionth lighter with a limited-edition design.
The 600 millionth lighter itself will be preserved and displayed in Zippo’s own museum in Bradford, PA for all visitors to enjoy.

Fun Facts

Zippo has produced 100 million lighters in
the last eight years.


Zippo can make up to 72,000 lighters every
single day in Bradford, Pennsylvania.


Each lighter passes between an average
of 10-15 sets of hands, depending on how
many decorating processes are used on the
particular lighter. Something special, such as
a solid 18k gold lighter might only have 1-2
skilled engineers handling its creation.


Since 1932 Zippo has launched more than
300,000 different designs.


There is a Zippo museum in Bradford,
Pennsylvania, and another in Jeju City South
Korea; both exhibit artwork inspired by Zippo
as well as local limited-edition lighters.

On Display At The Zippo/Case Museum In Bradford, PA

Plan your trip to the Zippo/Case Museum today!