American George G. Blaisdell created and sold the first Zippo lighter in early 1933. Mr. Blaisdell was inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter that was similar in design to the Zippo. This lighter got its name because Blaisdell liked the word zippo, and it was easy to remember. The Zippo lighter obtained a patent in 1936. Since its inception Zippo lighters have been exclusively produced in the United States.

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