Along with the katana, the kabuto (winged battle helm) boasts an integral association with the pre-Meiji Restoration samurai class. Even as early as 15th century, the kabuto had also become synonymous with honor, purpose, and persistence. To even hear the phrase “Take off the kabuto” inflamed the heart of any honorable warrior, for it equated to “surrender”. Evocative of the lighters hailing from the roaring 20s, but featuring a discrete size that won’t interfere with jacket or pant lines, and meticulously hand assembled in Japan to last more than a lifetime; you might consider loaning your new Kiribi Kabuto Short to a friend for a few moments, but surrendering it would be out of the question.
While the inspiration for the Kiribi shapes hail directly from the zenith of Art Deco, the Kabuto also incorporates an homage to the samurai class within the gesture of the wing-like cap toggle; a direct reference to the fukigaeshi (crescent like wings on the side of the kabuto). Though distinctly retro-chic on the outside, your new Kabuto Short sports a state-of-the-art modernist design, technology, and cutting-edge innovations within. Features, such as a new dual flame design that offers a wider and more gentle light for your pipe, a hinge spring made of a special polymer that is far more resilient to fatigue than steel, and, though discreet in size, offers a single tank construction of amazing fuel capacity. Your lighter, like your choice of cufflinks or writing pen, communicates much about your discerning tastes to others. Let your new Karibi Kabuto Short do some of the talking, others will get the message.
Available in red sateen, understated black matte, modernist black nickel, or the elegant silver satin now before you.
This is a fantastic lighter, though admittedly there are many more cost-effective ones on the market, this one is sure to be there for the long haul. The build quality is very high and the fit and finish do not disapppoint. The flame height is easil... Read Morey adjustable, though you do so the most adjustment from full on to half flame. From half flame to the lowest setting it really doesn't do much. Full on the flame is about an inch and a half - perfect for char lights on the largest bowls. While it hurt to make this purchase (it makes more sense if you tell yourself it's an 'investment') I'm confident this lighter will be the last I will ever purchase. Read Less
September 21, 2014
By: Gabriel C.
Strong, elegant, packed in a nice hard paper box, works really good and fits well at hand to light a pipe. Perfect for a gift, great value and, incredibly on these days, is made in Japan (not in China, hurrah!!!). To fill the butane (a Ronson gas) I ... Read Moreneeded to take off the screw to reach properly the valve. You can adjust the flame easily. Read Less
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