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February,
2001

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

High-tech Cigar Accessories from The Griffin's
The Griffin's has selected carbon fiber - developed for the stringent demands of the aeronautical and space industry - as a trendy material for the construction of its newest cigar cases. Highly stable and feather-light, these precision cases are coated with an extra-hard epoxy resin varnish, and will keep cigars in top condition for several days without further humidification. Six models are offered: two or three-cigar formats, sized either for coronas or double coronas/robustos, and bearing either diagonal or rectangular carbon patterns.

Also introduced are two new punch-type cigar cutters. Each unit features two different diameter round blades and a spring system for ejecting leftover tobacco. The high-tech surface coatings are offered in two finishes: anodized aluminum and aluminum refined with ruthenium - the rarest type of platinum.

Davidoff of Geneva, Stamford, Conn., Tel: (203)-323-5811.


Davidoff offers Limited Edition Fountain Pen
For the first time, Davidoff is offering a limited edition pen in its Davidoff Writing Instruments Collection. Featuring a smoothly polished celluloid shaft, which is hand finished and resembles mother of pearl, the lightweight pen has an 18-carat white gold nib. An extremely hard, weather-resistant bubinga wood cylinder serves as a case, and each pen is accompanied by a signed certificate from Davidoff chairman Dr. Ernst Schneider.

Davidoff of Geneva, Stamford, Conn., Tel: (203)-323-5811.


Folding Knife with Money Clip Cuts Cigars
This Tanto bladed knife delivers all of the features of a similar unit at a fraction of the cost. The bead blasted stainless steel frame measures only three inches when folded, and the AUS-8 knife blade is rated at a hardness of 57-58 HRC - tough enough to cut the tip of a cigar, or cut open a cigar box. The opening tension of the knife is adjustable by a pivot screw, and a thumb roll and liner lock allow one hand operation. Suggested retail, $27.95.

Gargoyle Cigar Co., New York, N.Y., Tel: (888) 842-7469).


VINTAGE Banjo Lighter in Commemorative Display
The 75-year old Ronson Banjo lighter is being offered by Ronson in a limited edition commemorative display. Introduced in 1926 with the famous, patented Ronson mechanism, Banjo was the very first automatic lighter. If became a huge success with consumer, and has become sought after by collectors. Each commemorative display is hand made of Rosewood, measuring 16 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/4 deep. Original Banjo instructions and original packaging, along with a numbered certificate of authenticity, are displayed behind protected glass, which is can easily be removed to access the lighter. Because of the very limited number of original Banjo lighters, a lottery is planned by Ronson for April, 2001 to ensure equal opportunity in offering each Banjo lighter display to interested collectors.

Ronson Corporation, Somerset, N.J., (908) 563-7888.


Axel & Andy Cigar Protector
Two Chicago buddies, Axel and Andy, set out to create a cigar protector with a selection of features that smokers wouldn't find anywhere else. The result is a portable humidor and holder for lit cigars that is both strong and watertight. A built-in humidification system keeps cigars fresh, and a rugged clip secures the unit to clothing, outdoor equipment, golf bags - even a car visor. Quick-turn threads allow the unit to open and close effortlessly, yet tighten securely; The invertible cap doubles as a lit cigar holder. Suggested retail, $24.95, or $29.95 for the Deluxe model that includes a built-in low profile stainless steel bullet-type cigar cutter.

Axel & Andy, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Tel: (416) 410-5897.


Zippos in the movies: new collectible, sweepstakes
Zippo Manufacturing Co., maker of Zippo windproof lighters, will launch a sweepstakes April 23, 2001, giving one lucky consumer the chance to win a complete home theatre system and a Zippo film library containing 25 selected Hollywood classic films that contain a Zippo lighter. The contest ends on August 31, 2001. Winners will be chosen on or about September 15, 2001. In all, 137 consumers will win prizes.

"The Zippo lighter has strong and storied history of being cast as an integral part in scores of highly regarded movies and has been instrumental in helping to project the person of a character in particular or the movie in general," said Mike Martin, vice president, sales and marketing for Zippo.

The Zippo Hollywood Sweepstakes also promotes Hollywood's Leading Light, the 2001 Zippo Collectible of the Year. The limited edition debuts and exclusive new gold dust finish and features a star from the Hollywood "Walk of Fame," depicting the well known retro film camera and the Zippo name. The light comes attractively packaged in a star-shaped tin.

The sweepstakes will be supported by print advertising in consumer lifestyle magazines, targeted direct mail, and in -store point-of-sales materials. Select independent tobacco, smoke shop, and specialty retailers will receive information and sweepstakes kits in early April. Other Zippo retailers wishing to participate can order sweepstakes kits beginning April 9, 2001 by calling (412) 995-9580.Kits include ceiling danglers, window decals, a counter card, and entry forms. Multiple kits may be ordered.


colibri adds the director
Colibri has introduced The Director, a lighter featuring the manufacturer's Quantum SST ignition system. It is the only lighter in the world with built-in, retractabel stainless steel scissors and cigar cutter. Suggested retail, $75.00.

Colibri, Providence, R.I., (401) 943-2100.




SMOKESHOP - February 2001