Zippo Tricks Number Two.




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Even more ways to impress or confuse mates.

So this is a follow-up to my original instructable on Zippo tricks, Basic Zippo Tricks

If you've been looking at these wishing your Zippo was up and running then check out my 'ible on Reflinting and Rewicking a Zippo.

This one will cover some more tricks and little things, some a little more difficult and some new takes on previously covered ones.

As with last time I've added a short video on the first and last step to give a visual run-down of all the tricks...

On we go anyway...

Step 1: Slapping Open.

The way this trick works is very similar to the way slapping your wrist to close the Zippo works except you're opening it.

I'll do this with right handed instructions, though if you swap all the rights and lefts about the instructions are the same, it's just a mirror image.

There are two ways to open the Zippo doing this.

Hold the lighter as you would normally, hinge facing away from your wrist, towards the slapping hand.

Now the first way is to bring your hand down while the left comes up and hits the bottom of your hand where the Zippo is, it should simply swing open, if you're having trouble try hitting your hand in a slightly different spot or angle, it needs to be thereabouts parallel to the motion of the lid...

The second way can be a little trickier but is essentially the same, except you hold the lighter up as normal and hit your wrist with the other hand, the reason this one can be harder is that it's instinct to swing your hands together and beyond that there's less momentum involved.

Step 2: Palm Squeeze

This one takes a little care and co-ordination until you get the hang of it.

Take your Zippo-ing hand, pinch the top corner just above the hinge in between your index and thumb, hinge facing up.

Now your middle finger should push on the top corner of the lighter on the opposite side from the hinge, if you're having trouble take a look at the photos, to make sure you have it right because it's not that easy to explain.

Now push the lighter in with your middle finger allowing it to catch on the webbing of your fingers, with this one pressure isn't the key, it's more about getting a continuing motion, plus with a lot of pressure the tendons in between thumb and forefinger hurt a lot while teaching this to someone.

Once you get this it's a pretty nifty way to hand someone a light, though take the time to practice, a friend tried this and managed to nip his hand and bleed over the girl he tried to impress, the fact he managed to get it wrong that badly was impressive in itself though...

Step 3: Squeeze Reversed...

So if you remember the squeeze...

doing this is very similar to the standard squeeze the lid faces inwards.

So take the lighter, hinge facing in towards your wrist.

Index and middle finger go on top of the lighter and the thumb goes on the bottom.

Try squeezing a bit to get a feel for when the lighters about to flip over.

Once you get a feel squeeze hard in one fast motion, the lighter flips into your awaiting fingers while popping open like some kind of petrol fuelled ladybug.

This one isn't much trickier than the normal squeeze, just slightly different in feel.

Step 4: Now Invert It.

Now the squeeze inverted, this is a little harder because your fingers have to get from the bottom of the lighter to the lid which is more distance.

Again the motion is basically the same, it usually helps to build a little more tension in your fingers before popping them over, because they have to move pretty fast.

Again, with inverted you can also have inverted reverse squeeze, which is harder to say than do. Again similar actions, start with inverted then turn the hinge towards your wrist and try it that way, it takes a little more getting used to but isn't impossible.

Step 5: The Side Squeeze.

This one is a good bit harder but works on the very same principle as the other squeezes.

Either the middle or index finger goes on the top of the lighter at the hinge side corner.

The thumb goes on the the corner diagonally opposite to this.

Choosing which finger is just which ever feels better to you, personally I like using my index finger better.

You bring your finger down to meet your thumb with that same popping over the edge motion and should end up pinching the corner your thumb started at between index and thumb.

Again with this one building a little tension is a good thing, though remember that you're moving diagonally across the lighter and should put the tension that way, otherwise there's a chance you'll either shoot the lighter out of your hand at great speed or just make a fool of yourself.

Step 6: Three Other Ways to Open the Lighter

The first of these is simply to click your fingers.

Hold the lighter in one hand, and click your fingers to open it... The tricks to this is similar to clicking your fingers to light it, your clicking (usually middle finger) strikes the top corner opposite the hinge to open it normally by clicking your fingers. You can also have it hit the bottom corner opposite the hinge aswell.

By combining these with clicking your fingers to light the lighter you can have a pretty nice little effect, going on, and just for style you click the finger against the top of the lid while it's open to close it again.

If you're handing it to someone take the lid between your index and middle fingers while making a fist to hold it, a sharp flick of the wrist down to flip it open as they go to take it. This one is a little nifty since you can take it out of a pocket like that easily and makes you seems polite to some extent.

The last way is again just a cool way to hand people a lighter, take it out upside down and as you hand it to someone catch the corner of the lid opposite the hinge on something like the corner of a desk or on the edge of your pocket.

For extra points you can light it as it comes out of your pocket by catching the flintwheel, but this only works if you always spin the wheel that way, otherwise it's almost guaranteed to jam and we don't want to be going around sullying the Zippo name for the sake of silliness do we?



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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great 'ible!. My personal favorite Zippo trick is this: Open and light the Zippo with one hand, against one's leg.

    1. Hold the closed Zippo with the hinge facing your hand (wheel out).
    2. Swing your hand past the side of your leg, first opening the lighter in one direction, and then sparking the wheel on the back-swing.

    This can be done standing or sitting.  With practice it can be done with a simple flick of the wrist. Works best with denim or similarly rugged pants material. Not recommended for shorts or bare legs. :)

    Various reasons... None of which make sense, besides the fact that the Zippo was a present and I occasionally forget to fuel it...


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    can't tell you exactly, but even if you don't use a zippo the fuel will evaporate by itself in like a week, the little bottles of lighter fluid you buy for them last for ages though


    Many shops carry them, there are thousands of sites, most tobacco shops carry them, ones that do engravings and similar things are likely to have them...

    It's a strange one, you always kind of lock up your hand until you get it, then it gets more relaxed and works... Glad you got it and liked the 'ible! Out of question did you watch the first of them?

    I watched all of the zippo trick videos you posted its just those two squeezes where giving me a hard time and hardly anyone I knew could explain it well enough