|Zippo Blu2 Ace of Spades|
Ace of Spades uses Zippo's Blu2 design, which gives the lighter a torch flame vs. the traditional soft flame. The first attempt at a torch flame by Zippo was Blu. The biggest difference from Blu to Blu2 is the shape of the lighter itself. Blu had a noticeable different shape than the iconic Zippo design. With Blu2, the shape is now much closer to what Zippo fans are accustomed to, naysayers step aside! Blu2 produces a clean burning flame for your cigar roasting needs.
The Ace of Spades is an eye catcher, with the high polished finish and design. The body of this lighter is cloaked in spades and very well balanced aesthetically. From pictures online it looks like the design is etched out, turns out it is printed. The backside of the lighter is all high polished steel. Looks great, but loves to collect fingerprints. One snap back of the lid and you are instantly reminded this is all Zippo. There is a flint wheel and pusher. The use of flint is an important aspect for all the Zippo fans out there. There are torch inserts on the market that will turn a standard Zippo into a torch lighter. These fall short as they lack flint, ruining the romance that comes with owning a Zippo. One continuous down stroke of flint onto the pusher ignites a single blue flame. The flame is on the skinnier side and will take a little more work for the increasing popular larger gauged cigars.
Once done, the familiar snap back of the lid puts the Ace of Spades to rest. The body and lid seem a bit "tinny", more so than CLR expected. Lastly, should your Zippo fail you, Zippo backs it with a lifetime warranty free of charge.
Sure the lighter lacks a cigar punch and a fuel gauge window. If these were incorporated into the Zippo, they would be as out of place as ketchup on scrambled eggs. CLR has no complaints here. Ace of Spades comes in on the high side at a suggested MSRP of $69.99 USD. A little searching can find this lighter at much more palatable price point. The good news is Zippo has made a lighter worthy of toasting your favorite cigar without tasting fumes.
Best Price CLR found here Ace Blu2
CLR Overall Ratings (10 best, added, divided by 5)
8 - Aesthetics
6.5 - Finish/Construction
6 - Flame
8 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6 - Value vs. List Price
Fire It Up Test:
20 attempts, 20 successful lights
Pros - Blu2, still feels like a Zippo
Consideration - no frills lighter by design