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This is a New Method catalytic self starting lighter, which probably dates back to the fifties. The platinum ball and filiments are present, so we assume it still works, but we haven’t tried it. Various catalytic lighters have been around since the turn of the century. The New Method was perhaps the best known. It never gained a huge following.

If you aren’t familiar with these types of lighters, they work by placing a ball of black platinum (the catalyst) into a wick chamber that has been saturated with Columbian Spirits (methanol). A chemical reaction takes place and a flame is produced in the wick chamber. There is a lot more information on the history of these lighters and how they work on the internet.

If you are a collector of lighters or tobacciana, this would be an interesting addition to your collection.

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Vintage Lighter New Method Self Starting Catalytic


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: steel, platinum
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 14 reviews
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