Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

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Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

Introduction

The Xikar FlintFire I, as per Xikar states the following: New school meets old with Xikar’s new line of flint ignition butane fuel lighters. Enjoy the best of both worlds with dependable flint ignitions and clean burning fuel suitable for any elegant occasion! The Xikar FlintFire I features a windowpane or basket weave design, with an easy adjustment flint strike wheel, and the suggested retail price is $89.99 USD.

I received this lighter from Xikar in July 2015. After about one year and 2 months of weekly use, it is now time for a proper long term review.

Pros

+ Easy ignition flint strike wheel measuring 1.5 inches in length. The wheel feels very smooth and mechanical
+ No misfires
+ Protective cover flap, shielding fuel valve from debris
+ Sturdy, easy to open and close cap hinge
+ Flame height adjuster pull out flap making flame height adjustments easy
+ Easy to open and close flint repository mechanism
+ No blowouts (flame distinguishing after lighting)
+ No heat issues on a per cigar light basisCigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

Cons

– No fuel gauge window

Test

This is a test to gauge how long the flame ignites on a full fuel tank. I purged the lighter, filled the tank with Xikar butane and adjusted the flame height to the maximum level, waiting 10 minutes so the butane can adjust its temperature and struck the flint wheel. Total flame clocked in at a great 8 minutes and 47 seconds. What was surprising was the lack of heat the lighter had post test. It was barely warm. Going through some comparisons, knowing that I average about 30 seconds to toast and light a robusto (50 ring gauge), I will have 19 to 21 cigar lights on a full fuel tank.

Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I

Conclusion

I highly recommend this lighter. The lighter, like Xikar says, is truly elegant. The shiny metal look paired with the windowpane design simply is stylish and upscale. Even dropping the lighter a few times (on accident), the dents did not rust. The lighter will scratch if rubbed with keys in your pocket (like most lighters will). Even with my fat hands, the slender design caused no issues, allowing me to create a great light with one hand every time. If you’re looking for a classy and luxurious lighter that fits nice and sleek in your pocket, this is it.

Cigar Accessory Review: Xikar FlintFire I
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