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Ray Lite mini lighter
« on: November 13, 2015, 02:27:24 PM »
I picked up this tiny Japan made lighter (flint, wick and lighter fluid) and I'm actually impressed how well it works...  Anybody ever seen one of these?


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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 04:03:46 PM »
Wow, I won one of those at a church carnival when I was about 8 years old!
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 04:22:08 PM »
I had one of those when I was a little kid too.  I think it was a carnival prize but don't know why. 
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2015, 04:33:01 PM »
I've seen those as well....Made in Japan means pretty old .....LOL, that was before Taiwan, Pakistan, and lately China.
They are pretty cool.....
Nice find and thanks for posting.
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2015, 07:09:12 PM »
I have one I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago. It works great too. I'm surprised how long the fluid lasts being so tiny.






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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2015, 07:13:35 PM »
This one is similar but all brass. I love finding little ones like these I know I can get to work again.



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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2015, 07:43:50 PM »



Had a couple of those as well....they sold them at the auto parts store along with "suicide knobs" with the clear plastic and something in them.

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-American-Flag-Steering-Wheel-Spinner-Suicide-Knob-Handle-for-Car-Truck-/291534288448

Very cool lighters.
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2015, 08:51:25 PM »
Lol - Its good to be among friends..  I should have known there were a bunch of lighter fanatics here!  It is actually a fairly practical bit of gear for it's size..

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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2015, 09:03:29 PM »
I remember when all the cool Levi-clad dudes with ducktail haircuts, motorcycle jackets, engineer boots and packs of Camels rolled up in their t-shirt sleeves had cars with dual glass packs, 3-bar flipper hubcaps and fender skirts.  None would be caught dead without one of those suicide spinner knobs with a naked girl under that clear lucite.  I think they sold for about $1.50 at the Deep Rock station here in town. 8)

I had to settle for one of those Scripto lighters with a trout fly swimming around in the Ronsonal. :'(.   I still have my 1966 brushed chrome Zippo with a factory-refurbished hinge.  Lighter tricks are rough on Zippos. :P
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2015, 09:08:51 PM »
My favorite version are the Mini Match.....




First one, was a plastic red one I had found years ago.

Then came across them on a eBay ...was like 7 for sale at about $2 bucks each....so bought them all.

Nice part is even id fluid is gone, you have a dandy ferro rod and striker.

Gave most all away...an no one really appreciated them...LOL
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2015, 12:08:25 AM »
I found a coghlan's kit with 6 small tinder cubes at a small general store in the adirondack's. It leaked the fluid and the glue came off the flint which also deteriorated into a fine powder.

Been thinking of one pf the metal ones. Does it light okay? Do you use kerosene or lighter fluid?

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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2015, 05:31:14 AM »
I guess I'm still a kid at heart, I like to play with fire.  If I had any room left, I would start a lighter collection too!  Maybe I should sell off my collection of antique straight and safety razors?
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2015, 05:47:07 AM »

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I also had two of these lighters, one had a fish hook and the other one had two small dice in it.    What I liked about them is that they never liked lighter fluid, until the "O" ring dried up after many years of use.   I bought them at a department store in NJ around 1968.
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2015, 09:55:55 AM »
That's neat. It looks like a mini version my IM Corona pipe lighter, which is also Jpn made.

I found myself making some comments but was not quite sure so I did a quick search for some history.

http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-lighters-accessories/vintage-styling-and-quality-continued-the-im-corona-old-boy/
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Re: Ray Lite mini lighter
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2015, 10:49:00 AM »
That's neat. It looks like a mini version my IM Corona pipe lighter, which is also Jpn made.

I found myself making some comments but was not quite sure so I did a quick search for some history.

http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-lighters-accessories/vintage-styling-and-quality-continued-the-im-corona-old-boy/
Hey very cool link....seems a lot of craftsmanship and design has gone away.......with the throw away Bic and the like.
Thanks for posting.
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