In younger years I carried a Zippo everywhere, and considered it a perfect object–until I got a job at a restaurant, where I had to light dozens of votive candles at the start of each shift. The ability to light downwards would’ve saved a lot of time, spilled wax and burnt fingers.
Enter the Dissim lighter, which has been designed for both upright and inverted use.
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The product page also features this cutesy, unnarrated design story that looks like a Hollywood montage sequence of how a scriptwriter imagines product designers work:
At $48, the Dissim ain’t cheap–you could buy two or more Zippos for that much)–but it does something the Zippo can’t. With gift-giving season coming up, I’ll put this in the category of Thing I Wouldn’t Buy for Myself But Would Buy Someone Else as a Nice Gift.