Italian Crystal Ashtrays
Prometheus International is introducing a new line of crystal ashtrays produced in Italy. Made in pure crystal with more than 24% lead content and a high refraction index, these beautiful and elegant pieces of art are available in four styles: Drop ($49.95 suggested retail), Cubano and Havana ($69.95), and Sintesy ($75).

Prometheus International, Inc., Bell, CA, Tel: (323) 261-7200, Fax: (323) 261-0801.

Tough Outdoor Humidor
This humidor is tough enough to haul cigars anywhere. The Armored Humidor features a watertight, unbreakable case that meets military specs for high impact, humidity and immersion. Inside, the leak-free, maintenance-free humidification system maintains contact relative 70% humidity regardless of outside conditions. Five sizes (from three-to 17-cigar capacities, $24.95 to $79.95 retail) and five colors are available.

Armored Humidor Systems, Minneapolis, MN Tel: (877) 427-6673.

Zino Double-Blade Cutters
The Zino double-bladed guillotine cigar cutter features an ultra-slim design, precision cuts, and a special spring mechanism that ensures smooth blade movement. Two models are offered. The bicolor features a satinized stainless steel body, hardened satinized stainless steel blade, and gold-toned gilded satinized stainless handles. The titanium/anthracite model features a high-grade stainless steel body with a super-hard titanized surface for optimum surface protection and a titanized stainless steel blade. An optional leather case is available.

Davidoff of Geneva (CT), Inc., Stamford, CT, Tel: (203) 323-5811, Fax(203) 975-0090.

BIC Lighters in New Colors
BIC's line of classic lighters now comes in eight new trendy colors: Poppy, Tangerine, Charcoal, Ink, Khaki, Butter, Plum, and Chili, designed to "reflect today's adult tastes," the company explains. The new colors reflect hues gracing the pages of current apparel catalogs, new car lots, electronics stores, and sporting goods stores, says BIC. "Color is important to consumers and they want a fresh new look even when it comes to their lighter," said Dan Kinton, assistant brand manager. Product packaging has also been visually refreshed and now clearly communicates product benefits. The lighters are available in display trays ($.99-$1.15 suggested retail) and in 1-, 2-, and 5-pack sizes. An optional leather case is available. BIC Corporation, Milford, CT, Tel: (203) 783-2000, Fax(203) 783-2081, Web: www.bicworld.com

Cigar Survivor Travel Case
Csonka Cigar Requisites' top-selling Cigar Traveler case has been introduced in a new budget version, the Cigar Survivor. This mid-size portable travel humidor holds four cigars, incorporating Csonka's typically luxurious features but at a low price point. The durable steel case features a soft, padded exterior in black and a cedar-colored interior liner. A retainer bar keeps cigars securely in place, while a quality humidification maintains proper humidity. Also included inside the case are two capped pipettes that store distilled water for system recharging at any time. Suggested retail, $24.95.

Csonka Cigar Requisites, Inc., Plainsboro, N.J., Tel: (609) 514-2766, Fax: 609-514-7329, Web: www.csonka.com

Penguin Lights Decaffeinated Peppermints
Penguin Caffeinated Mints - a cult-like favorite among Seattle 20-somethings, Silicon Valley techies, and hipsters nationwide - has toned down the frenzy with a new sibling, Penguin Lights Decaffeinated Peppermints. The new mints pack all the flavor of the original Penguin mints, but are 100% caffeine free. Made in the U.S. from a blend of natural, Washington and Oregon-grown premium peppermint, Penguin Lights not only pack the punch of super strong mints, but are also sugar free.

iFive Brands, Seattle, WA, Tel: (800) 882.5615, Email: brett@peppermints.com

Elite Forces Sport Utility Comb
Regardless of your secret mission in life, the Elite Forces Sport Utility Comb from Csonka has exactly what you need to keep you looking good, and key survival tools too. This unique accessory incorporates a steel cigar ring gauge, an ultra-sharp knife, compact saw, steel file, bottle opening, and interior ruler. Packaged on an attractive full-color blister card, this item is ideal for every cigar lover and makes a great gift. Suggested retail, $9.95. Csonka Cigar Requisites, Inc., Plainsboro, N.J., Tel: (609) 514-2766, Fax: 609-514-7329, Web: www.csonka.com

SMOKESHOP - August/September, 2001