Dating penguin lighter
Lighters of the early 1900’s are hard to find, as many have fallen into disrepair, or rusted due to poor construction.
Butane lighters are the most common type today, as butane is the fuel of choice for disposable lighters, such as Bic, that you’d buy in a grocery store.
But the Feuerzeug, in all its effectiveness, was not very safe, and would probably be illegal today.
Various other types of lighters appeared throughout the late 1800’s, most of them making use of a wheel striking a ferrocerium flint, or a similar flint-like substance.
The manual striking type, the semiautomatic type, and the fully automatic type.
The manual striking type, such as a Zippo, has the user physically make the spark come in contact with the wick by means of turning a flint wheel or striking the flint themselves.