Italian Crystal Cigar Ashtrays from Prometheus

Prometheus crystal ashtrays are produced in the Tuscany region of Italy by master artisans and feature unique, modern designs that make them more than just functional, but fine pieces of art as well. Made of pure crystal with more than 24% lead content, these ashtrays have outstanding transparency and rival the finest leaded glass accessories offered anywhere. Designed specifically with the cigar smoker in mind, each piece features broad resting areas for full-sized cigars. Eight different styles are offered ($125 retail) including Tres ($150 retail) which is also available in deep blue.

Prometheus International, Inc., Commerce, Calif., Tel: (323) 869-9200, E-mail: Prometheus@prometheuskkp.com, Web: www.prometheuskkp.com.

Colibri Flasks and Stainless Steel Flask Set Ideal for Gift Shoppers

Colibri offers an extensive line of flasks in a variety of shapes, unique styles, and different sizes that bring new life to a proven category winner for gift-giving. Comfortable in the hand with a solid feel, the dependable stainless steel Banner Flask is also available as part of the 6 oz. Stainless Steel Flask Set, which includes four polished stainless steel shot glasses, a funnel, and a leather carrying case. Suggested retail, $23.96.

Colibri Group, Providence, R.I., Toll-free: (800) 341-7003, Tel: (401) 943-2100, Fax: (401) 943-1081, Web: www.colibri.com.

BIC Rolls out New Special Edition Drink Series Lighters

BIC Consumer Products USA has launched the Special Edition Drink Series Lighters, which feature 12 popular adult beverage designs — beer, wine, cognac, cosmo, scotch, gin & tonic, margarita, white Russian, mojito, martini, mai-tai, and whiskey. The images are “bright, fun, expressive, and reflect the lifestyle of the ‘out-and-about’ consumer,” says the manufacturer. Featuring a pre-adjusted flame and patented child safety mechanism, these long-lasting lighters have a suggested retail of $1.49.

BIC Consumer Products, Milford, Conn., Tel: (203) 783-2000, Web: www.bicworldusa.com.

Xikar Humidification and Butane Display Stocks Multiple Humidor Items

Xikar now offers retailers a one-stop solution for stocking a complete line of humidification products with its stylish new countertop humidification and butane POS display, which is free when retailers order one case of each of Xikar’s humidification and butane products. Xikar Crystal Humidifier elements feature crystal gel that generates a constant 70% humidity and come with magnetic mounting systems in capacities for 50-count ($14.99 retail), 100-count ($19.99), and 250-count ($24.99) humidors or in a screw-top 150 cigar capacity Crystal Humidifier Jar. Bottles of Xikar Propylene Glycol solution with an anti-fungal agent are offered in 8-oz. ($5.99) or 16-oz. ($9.99) sizes. The round digital hygrometer / thermometer measures 1-3/4 inches in diameter, is accurate to ±2%, and retails for $19.99. The display also accommodates 14 bottles of 100 ml Xikar premium butane ($4.99 retail).

Xikar, Inc., Kansas, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Tel: (816) 474-7555, E-mail: info@xikar.com, Web: www.xikar.com.

Bombeč Humidor from Italy

From the Italian craftsmen at Mastro de Paja come the entirely handmade Bombeč Humidors. Available in two colors—black lacquered and yellow Tay wood—these humidors feature an image of an ancient world map on the top, with two different set of humidifiers and a hygrometer. Designed with an inside groove system to maximize the humidor’s humidification properties, the Bombeč Humidor is 100% crafted in Italy and has a suggested retail price of $900.

XYZ Direct Ltd., Marietta, Ga., Toll-free: (800) 266-6265, Tel: (770) 951-2800, E-mail: info@xyzdirect.com, Web: www.xyzdirect.com.

Dean’s Gourmet Roasted Coffee

M&R Holdings has extended its “Dean’s” brand into yet another market segment with the introduction of Dean’s Gourmet Roasted Coffee, whole bean coffees offered in one pound bags featuring nitrogren flush valves for maximum freshness. Four varieties are available: Columbian Supremo, French Roast, Carolina Morning Blend, and Decaf Columbian. Suggested retail is $6.50 per bag, sold only by the dozen. Retailers can mix blends, and shipping is free for orders of two or more dozen.

M&R Holdings, Pink Hill, N.C., Toll-free: (800) 451-5729, Fax: (252) 568-3996.

Windproof EX Lighters from Xikar

Xikar’s EX lighter is the first of the company’s six design styles to feature windproof technology. The lighter is cased in stylish and durable stainless steel that comes in four finishes: brushed silver, black, chrome silver, and gunmetal. The lighter features a protective flip cap and an adjustment wheel to vary the intensity of the single windproof flame. Each lighter comes with a lifetime warranty and carries a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Tel: (816) 474-7555, E-mail: info@xikar.com, Web: www.xikar.com.

Hava Cube, the Ultimate Humidor Technology

Custom designed electronic subsystems ensure precise temperature and hydrometric conditions within the new state-of-the-art Hava Cube humidor, regardless of external conditions. The cube is self-managed, requiring little or no maintenance for up to a year. Designed in France, this humidor not only features cutting edge technology, but is also elegant as well. Made of American cedar with an engraved, backlit door a panel made of 3/4 inch thick glass, Hava Cube comes fully prepared and automatically set for both temperature and humidity. Available in three models, micro cube (200 cigar capacity), mini cube (500 cigar), and cube (800 cigar), each model is also available with a leather cover. Retail prices range from $15,000 to $60,000 depending on size and finish.

Hava Cube, Paris, France, Tel: (33)(6) 07-79-54-74, E-mail: contact@havacube.com, Web: www.havacube.com.

SMOKESHOP - August, 2007