The lighters are mostly produced in Barcelona (Spain), while others are manufactured in Chennai (India) and Shanghai (China). Clipper has a wide range of lighters, gas refills and other accessories. The first Clipper lighter was made in 1972, and now the worldwide level of production is around 450 million units a year, making it the second largest lighter manufacturer in the world (behind BIC).
The Clipper brand is a division of Flamagas S.A., which also distributes stationery and electronics for such brands as Casio and Daewoo. Flamagas S.A. is headed by Puig, and both companies are subsidiaries of the Exea Corporation.
Some people associate the use of the Clipper lighter with roll-your-own cigarettes. This is due to its flint system which is often used by smokers to pack tobacco in roll-your-own cigarettes. It is also often used in the smoking of marijuana because the flint system doubles as a tamper or "poke" and because its shape allows the user to use the lighter without getting burned. Additionally, the lighters release additional butane when turned horizontal or upside down, making it easier for smokers to light their water pipes' bowl.
In popular culture
- British garage act The Streets used the Clipper lighter as its logo. The lighter (bearing the name of the artist) appears on all album covers bar the first album which in fact featured a Swan lighter. Their merchandise includes branded Clipper lighters.
- The Artist Damien Hirst also used the images of the Clipper lighter in a series of artworks together with Silk Cut tobacco boxes.
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- Official Flamagas website (manufacturer company)
- Official Clipper website
- Official Clipper Italy website
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