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I Like My Brass Armor Zippo
on February 16, 2008
Armor models have a thicker metal case and lid than all other Zippos. It's advertised as "1.5 times thicker". I measured and that's exactly right, the walls of the Armor case are .030" thick , regular Zippos are .020" thick. The insert, the removable guts of Armor, is the same as in all Zippos. The hinge is also the standard sized 5 barrel hinge, which is made from metal about .025 thick on both the Armor and regular models.
The extra weight is noticeable in the hand, I like the heft of it. Fully fuelled, it's 10 or 11 grams heavier than a regular Zippo, and it makes a solid, lower pitched click when opened and closed. I measured a fueled regular brass Zippo at 60 grams, a bit over 2 ounces, and the Armor at 70 grams, about 1/3 ounce heavier.
I happen to love the "High Polish Brass" finish, because other Zippos are made of brass then plated or "painted", but with brass there's no finish to wear off. If you use it all the time like I do, it can start looking dull, but it cleans right up in 10 mins with a few cotton balls and some brass polish.
I ordered this from Hat Shark via Amazon and had no problems. This is a very nice Zippo