Military lighters are huge with collectors, and one from a top-secret project is going to be even bigger.



  • Fact 1: This lighter was given to members of Joint Task Force Seven, a top-secret group tasked with creating propaganda films for the US in the 1950s.
  • Fact 2: The first mechanical lighters were modified flintstock weapons, and used gunpowder caps to set off lamp oil or similar fuels.
  • Fact 3: The modern lighter developed in the early 20th century with the discovery of ferrocerium, the sparking material used in igniters.
  • Fact 4: Military lighters first arose in the trenches of WWI, where a larger, visible flame could draw gunfire. They are now standard equipment.
  • Fact 5: Modern lighters use a ferrocerium wheel or piezoelectric spark to light butane fuel dran up through a fabric wick.

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