I picked up this lighter at my favorite B&M (Country Squire in Jackson, MS) and it has turned into one of my favorite lighters.
The specs of the lighter are:
- Fuel Type: Butane
- Ignition: Flint & Wheel
- Flame: 45 Degree Angled Flame
- Tools: No built in Tools
Let me tell you what I like about this lighter. First is it works. I know that should go without saying, but every time I go to light up a bowl it fires up on the first or second try. Of course being butane, it does not work well in the wind or cold; but such is the situation with any butane lighter. However, apart from that it works well and it works consistently.
It has a large flame adjustment wheel on the bottom of the lighter that allows you to easily raise or lower the flame to fit your preference.
Also, if you remove the top of the lighter you will find a spare flint at the bottom of that stem piece, Once you have removed the top piece it is easy to clean the flint if through use it has gotten dirty.
Another aspect of the lighter that is much to my liking is that it is small and lightweight. Therefore, it fits with no trouble into my pipe pouch. It is the lighter that I carry with me in my pouch rather than my Zippo or Vertigo which are larger and weightier.
Some might consider it to be a negative that the IMCO does not have the built in tamp, pick or scraper, but I have found that without those built in tools that it leaves more room for fuel and I have to only refill it with butane once a week or so.
If someone is looking for their first pipe lighter, I would seriously recommend the IMCO because at only $15 you could hardly go wrong. If you’ve been wanting a lighter designed specifically for your pipe, but, have been worried about the $100 and up price range, give the little IMCO a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works although it is made of plastic.
To refill the lighter you simply insert the tip of the butane canister into the fuel valve which is located on the bottom of the lighter (see above picture) in the exact center of the flame adjustment wheel.
The bottom line is that if you keep the flint and fuel jet clean, and filled with premium butane this lighter should last you for a very long time.
You can view a short video reveo by clicking below
Big bang, little bucks.