We Have Zippo Lighters

Darkside Redding 530-246-1773 and Red Bluff 530-527-9700 California are both Zippo Dealers

Redding has over 600 Lighters in stock and Red Bluff has over 200 Lighters in stock. We also offer Fuel, wicks and flints.

Not only have they gained popularity as “windproof” lighters but Zippo lighters are able to stay lit in harsh weather. It is due to the design of the windscreen and adequate rate of fuel delivery. As such, until recently they were highly popular with backpackers and within the military. Professional backpackers (operating in the wilderness) have however now turned away from the regular lighter in favor of torch butane lighters which have windproof technology, heavy-duty matches, and ferrocerium rods. Many high-altitude and cold weather backpackers still prefer these lighters because butane lighters are less reliable in cold weather.

A consequence of the windproofing is that it is hard to extinguish a Zippo by blowing out the flame.  The proper way to extinguish the lighter is to close the top half, which starves the flame of oxygen, but unlike other lighters, this does not cut the fuel. One of the recognizable features is the fact that it burns with a wick. Opening the top lid produces an easily recognizable “clink” sound for which these lighters are known, and a different but similar “clunk” when the lighter is closed. This noise is produced by the cam, a little lever that keeps the lid closed or opened securely.

More Abougth These Lighters

This lighter is a reusable metal lighter manufactured by Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pennsylvania, US,[and was inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design made by IMCO.

George G. Blaisdell founded the Manufacturing Company in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design made by IMCO.  It got its name because Blaisdell liked the sound of the word “zipper” and “zippo” sounded more modern. On March 3, 1936, a patent was granted for the lighter.


They were popularized in the United States military, especially during World War II.  When, as the company’s web site says, Zippo “ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the US military” While the Manufacturing Company never had an official contract with the military, soldiers and armed forces personnel insisted that base exchange (BX) and post exchange (PX) stores carry this sought-after lighter.

After World War II, the Zippo lighter became increasingly used in advertising by companies large and small through the 1960s.. The basic mechanism of the lighter has remained unchanged.

 Modern History

In 2002, They expanded its product line to include a variety of utility-style multi-purpose lighters, known as Zippo MPLs. In August 2007.

A museum called Zippo Case visitors center is located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, at 1932 Zippo Drive. This 15,000-square-foot building contains rare and custom made Zippo lighters. It also sells the entire line. The museum also contains an enormous collection of Case knives


The Darkside (Redding, CA.)

2032 Pine St
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 246-1773

The Darkside (Red Bluff, CA.)

840 Main Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-9700

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