Unknown maker, marked "K" on the lighter insert

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Unknown maker, marked "K" on the lighter insert

Postby geordie1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:26 pm

Hi guys

Picked up an unusual marked lighter today with the letter K stamped....I have no idea who the manufacturer is?? Help please?

Unknown maker, marked "K" on the lighter insert

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Re: Hello

Postby geordie1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:27 pm

Some pics of it
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Re: Hello

Postby geordie1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:28 pm

Here is a pic on the K
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Re: Hello

Postby geordie1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:29 pm

And a pic of the main thing
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Re: Hello

Postby D Pope » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:13 pm

It looks like a Japanese Butane. They could be copying a Ronson Varaflame, not 100% sure.
I've wondered for years if there were more than one company in Japan making lighters that
look like that, nothing definitive yet. The lighter you've got actually leans a little toward the
rare side because that particular fill port only lasted some few years.

You can loosely date lighters like this by looking at the flint wheel. The earliest, post war to
early 50s, has a three piece wheel- flint wheel, ratchet, and a hollow rivet to hold them together.
The most recent, late 70s till now, has five ratchet teeth cut into the side of the flint wheel.
In between are too many variations to describe but it's a pretty cool area to research, you
can actually see the thought process progress. An even looser rule of thumb; the fewer teeth
in the ratchet, the newer the lighter. <this is a 'loose' method because there's lots of overlap>

By way of a curious aside, it seems lighter manufacturers in Japan- especially in the 50s &
60s - had no problem adding whatever name you wanted on a run of lighters. Flat advertisers,
for example, sport brand names like Rolex and Cartier though I doubt Cartier advertised for
Black Label Beer. Sometimes I believe lighters were marked with the importers name solely
for ease of identification.

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