I have two lighters.
Or, to be precise, I have one and Herself has the other.
My choice of lighters was determined by a few simple factors – they had to be gas, flint, reasonably priced and in Herself’s case hadn’t to involve any flicking. She doesn’t do flicking.
I chose a Peterson pipe lighter which was grand.
The first one I got fell apart after a while. I would have returned it but I had attempted a few repairs myself which somewhat invalidated any guarantee. I bought another.
That broke too, but had lasted just long enough to be out of guarantee. I bought yet another one. Surely you must admire my dogged persistence? Anyhows, that one has been working perfectly ever since [which probably ensures that it will break down tomorrow!].
The other lighter which I got for Herself is a Pierre Cardin. It’s a nice lighter that looks like the old Ronson and it fulfilled her requirements – gas, flint and a pressy button top with no flicking involved.
The fucking thing has given me grief ever since.
The first minor problem is that it doesn’t hold much gas [a bit like Herself]. That’s no bother as I just have to keep filling it.
The second problem is the flint and that is the real fucking headache. The damned thing keeps jamming.
The mechanics are quite simple – a tube runs up through the body and ends just below the flint wheel. Stick the flint into the tube and then push it up to the flint wheel with a spring on a screw. The spring presses the flint against the wheel and all’s well…. Except that it isn’t.
On a frequent basis, the flint jambs. The buttony thing on top just locks solid and I hear my name being shouted by Herself with an unlit cigarette in her mouth. Not a pretty sound. You would think it would be a simple job – just unscrew the spring and the flint will fall out? Hah! Much too simple. Not only does the flint not fall out but even slamming the yoke on a hard surface won’t budge it.
So I start sticking probes and things up the flint hole and wiggling them around in the hopes that I will dislodge the flint. That rarely works. I can’t press the flint out from the other end as the striker wheel is in the way. It may be possible to dismantle the top mechanics but I haven’t discovered how. Yet.
This goes on for a while, slamming the cursed thing off a table and wiggling probes, accompanies by a lot of loud choice words. Usually one of two things happens. Either the flint rights itself, or I stick another flint in behind it and don’t tighten the spring so much.
It really pisses me off.
I think I’ll toddle over to eBay and see if I can pick up a reasonable Ronson…….