Can you recommend a lighter?
A It won’t be a surprise to learn that you can’t go far wrong with a properly fuelled Zippo – £15 and up – both for the joy of fiddling with it and the consistency of its flame. The next step up is a butane jet torch lighter like Xikar’s Tech Double (£50), which shoots out a pair of flames with a highly satisfying whoosh.
But fuel lighters have downsides, like the fact they require fuel. USBcharged arc lighters, which instead burn things with electrified plasma fired at a teenager-infuriating high frequency, are the ideal alternative. The best one (the Saberlight Sparq) annoyingly isn’t easily available in the UK. Thankfully, the next best thing, a Tesla Coil Arc Lighter, can be had on eBay for around £25.
With a properly fuelled zippo, you have the joy of fiddling with it and the consist ency of its flame