As I write this I see items all around me, all over my desk. As usual, its knives, books on different historic disasters, Foreign Enemies by Matt Bracken, glasses, pens, two pocket sketchbooks, flashlights and more knives. I’m sure it happens to you too. I tend to “collect” a number of objects, though my wife has a somewhat different, less polite choice of words for it.
Why do I write about these things? Because gear is important, specially what you carry with you at all times, and a source of fire is part of he sacred EDC triad fire-light-tool.
I’ve mentioned IMCO lighters a couple times and they are one of the most versatile ones in my collection.
I like my Zippos a lot an have been carrying one in particular for years. Lately, its staying home and an IMCO Triplex Super is finding its way to my pocket.
Why? Because they are extremely rugged and fuel lasts twice as much than in Zippos. (35 days versus 18 days, lit for 3 seconds every day with Zippo fuel)
You can also remove the fuel tank and use it as a candle or to start a fire.
My favorite one is the Triplex, the metal wind shield moved up and down, and doing so produced a larger or smaller flame.IMCOs are cool in their own way. They dont look ordinary, most people know Zippos but havent seen much IMCOs. IMCOs are made in Austria and the Triplex Super model was first produced in 1936.
|Left to Right: Imco triplex Super, Imco Junior (old model) Imco Junior, Imco Streamline, older Flintop, Made in England.|
|IMCO Super Triplex and the old Flintop, doing thier thing.|
Before writing this I decided to clean my lighters up a little. I dropped a couple drops of oil in the mechanism and found out it wouldn’t spark afterwards. After a while I realized oil had found its way to the wheel and flint. I had messed up a perfectly working lighter trying to keep them in good shape. It works ok after washing it with dish detergent and water but the lesson remains. My advice with IMCOs is just leave them as they are. They will last entire lifetimes as is.
A couple tips…
1) You often have more space in the fuel tank to add some more cotton. Fill it up better. You’ll get to keep more fuel stored in it.
2) Using cotton means that you can also start a fire even if the lighter is bone dry. Just place some cotton inside where the wick is and open and close a few times, the sparks will ignite the cotton. This means you can start a fire in an emergency, at least three or four times if you use the cotton with discretion.
3) Keep an extra flint in the fuel compartment where the cotton is. You usually use it up and be needing it when you least expect it.