Most helpful critical review
on February 9, 2014
I bought one of these off eBay ($13. included shipping) because Amazon has been out for a while. It took me 2 hours and a lot of fuel to get it going the first time, but now that it's primed, it lights immediately.
It has an unpleasant odor of fuel as it's lit, I don't think the catalyst is large/thick enough to handle the job. I'm thinking of buying just the catalyst (felt impregnated with platinum) and replacing the current one or doubling up, so it burns all the fuel and gets warmer.
I also agree with the other reviewer, that the wick gets burned up way too fast. I also don't like the metal wire that is in the wick and feel that is unnecessary. I'll be looking to replace it as well.
Pretty sure I'll be buying a Zippo for my next one.