How To Care For Your New Kiribi Lighter

So you've been eyeing off that leather wrapped Kiribi Tomo for a while now, and have finally pulled the trigger. Maybe you're lucky enough to have been able to buy it on instinct, but just as likely you've had to scrimp and save for a while. With your shiny new lighter in hand, what do you need to know? Pipe lighters can be a significant investment after all, so here are some tips to get the most out of your new toy.

Get yourself a precision screwdriver.

You don't need a whole set, and you don't need a super expensive one. Almost all supermarkets and pharmacies will have an eyeglass repair kit, and usually they won't break the three dollar mark. They're also super handy for other things (repairing glasses for example), so you should probably have one anyway.

Tighten the screws.

Use it for a couple of days (or a week, depending on mileage) and then give the screws a tighten. You don't want to tighten it so hard that you strip them, or break any washers, but just make sure they're set. After this is done you'll only need to do so occasionally, and only if you notice them becoming loose. Oh, and again, make sure you use that precision screwdriver, as most anything else will strip the screws.

Set the flame for about an inch long.

I know that sounds crazy long, but it means that both the flame and the tobacco you're lighting will sit a little further away from the nozzles, which will mean less carbon build up. It'll also give you better control over your flame, which means less chance of scorching the rim on your precious briars.

Use only Kiribi flints.

Yes, I know everyone says this about their products, but in this case, the density of the Kiribi flints (which is significantly different to other brands on the market) will have an impact on how easy it is to roll your flint wheel, and how much spark the flint gives off. Also, being much softer, using the Kiribi branded flints will result in less wear and tear on the flint wheel.

Clean with bristle pipe cleaner.

I mentioned carbon build up earlier, and how to minimise it. That all being said though, no matter what you do, you will get carbon build up, as well as tobacco scraps and pocket lint, depending on where you are carrying it. Not only is this unsightly, but it can clog the nozzles and make the flint wheel harder to turn. Grab a bristled pipe cleaner and really get in there, especially around the nozzles and flint wheel. Dipping it in a little bit of alcohol won't hurt either (though maybe keep it away from the leather if you have a Tomo or Kabuto), or — even better — just use a little toothpaste, which is a little less risky than alcohol.

What type of fuel?

There are multiple brands out there, and honestly, they're much of a muchness. As long as it's butane and meant for lighters, you should be good to go.

How to fill?

After bleeding the lighter (yes, this is an essential step) turn it upside down, jam the fuel nozzle into the valve at the base of your lighter, and depress until it starts hissing loudly. It might also spit some fuel at you when it's full, but this should dissipate within a few seconds, so never fear.

One last note.

Very occasionally we have customers send their lighter in for repair with a flame that's too large or too small, no matter how much the flame adjustment screw is tightened or loosened. Essentially the problem is that the brass screw underneath the adjustment screw is too high or low. Take out the adjusting screw, and if the flame is too large, turn the brass screw within a half turn clockwise. If too small, turn it a half turn counter-clockwise. Again, use a precision screwdriver.

Have a Kiribi or another pipe lighter? Got any tips to share? Please feel free to comment below.

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    • Bryan Webber on June 20, 2017
    • I have a xikar in this same style but I want the matte black Kiribi. Excellent article. When I first got mine I had to adjust the flame height with the brass screw from within the lighter, and excellent tip on the flints.

    • Adam O'Neill on June 21, 2017
    • @Bryan Webber Glad to help, Bryan. Thanks for checking it out :D

    • LC Kid on June 21, 2017
    • Kiribi Lighters Rocks!

      I'm the proud owner of 3 of them, 2 Kabutos and 1 Mikazuki, and I definitely say they are my new go-to lighters.

      And I already own 4 IM Corona Old Boys, awesome all them, but this Kiribi guy is truly the Samuray of Lighters!

      The Dual Flame idea rules here. The flame is wider and softer, and when you set it about 1" long is way more efficient for both tobacco lighting and fuel use.

      Now I'm looking forward this new Tikara version, the finish is just superb.

    • Adam O'Neill on June 22, 2017
    • @LC Kid Haha, I'm the same way myself, already owning a short Mikazuki, a Kabuto AND a Tomo, plus I'll definitely have to pick up one of the Tikaras. Glad you like 'em mate!

    • Phil A on January 24, 2018
    • Where can I get replacement parts for a Kiribi Mikazuki Black Matte. The flint screw fell off and I cannot find it. Can someone tell me where I can order the screw.
      I have searched the web with no luck

    • Adam O'Neill on January 24, 2018
    • @Phil A I've got someone contacting you about this. Not sure if we'll send a replacement or get you to send it in for repairs, but they'll be in touch soon and we'll get you sorted.

    • Bill Gary on February 9, 2018
    • I bought a black Kiribi less than 3 months ago. Today, while driving, I went to light my pipe and it literally came apart in my hands. I now have several pieces and no screws...very disappointed in the quality. No precision piece of equipment should self-destruct so quickly and thoroughly.

    • Adam O'Neill on February 12, 2018
    • @Bill Gary You're absolutely right, Gary, they shouldn't. Thankfully they come with a warranty for this very reason. I've got someone from customer service reaching out to you today to get it sorted out for you.

    • J M R on March 18, 2018
    • Any suggestions for how to reassemble if the screw falls out? I don't seem to be able to get it right. Thanks!

    • Psperrytops on December 18, 2018
    • Hi, I own 2 Kiribi lighters and love them. The longer one, don't recall the model name, is a chrome job. The top of the lighter case (if you consider the base where the flame adjustment and fill are as the bottom of the case, the body as the middle part of the case, and the top piece where the flame is and flint is as the top of the case) is loose and jiggles away from the middle part of the case. Does not impede performance of the pipe, but I worry about leaking or it eventually coming apart. I've had it several years, and sent it to the retailer where I bought it once over a year ago, and they kindly tightened it all up. It's now loose again and I am just looking for some instructions on how to do this myself. There are no screws on top that I can see and I removed the bottom plate hoping to find something there, but there is nothing (other the fill valve and flame adjust). Any guidance you could offer would be appreciated. Thanks, Perry

    • Phil Ackerman on December 19, 2018
    • The top casing of my kiribi did leak so bad yesterday that the lighter was engulfed in flames. I had to toss the lighter to the ground quikly and stamp out the flame fearing that it would explode in my hand. I will the lighter to you for repair.

    • Cassie D on December 19, 2018
    • @Perry I'm sorry to hear your Kiribi is loose! It sounds like it may need to be serviced again. Kiribi lighters have a two year service warranty, but we can service them beyond that as well even if the lighter was purchased from another retailer. If the lighter has passed it's warranty period, we can service the lighter here in house for a $40 fee and get everything tightened up again for you.
      You can send the lighter in to us at this address:
      Attention: Kiribi Repair
      550 Hwy 9 E
      Longs, SC 29568

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] and we'd be happy to help!

    • Cassie D on December 19, 2018
    • @Phil Akerman That definitely should not be occurring, I am going to reach out to you via email so we can coordinate the repair.

    • Dylan on February 6, 2019
    • Hey, my Tomo has decided to stop working all together. I’ve bled it, and have cleaned the entire top section. Could it perhaps be time for a new flint? It’s not old by any means but neither brand new.

    • Cassie D on February 6, 2019
    • Dylan, yes, it may need a new flint. I am also going to reach out to you via email with a few other troubleshooting tips!

    • Hank Lawrence on April 29, 2019
    • I was lucky enough to win a Kiribi leather wrapped lighter you had provided for a contest. Love the lighter and it works well. That is up to recently when it seems to be running out of fuel too soon. I done the maintenance for the screws as well as cleaning. Any ideas on what might be the problem...thank! Hank

    • Cassie D on April 30, 2019
    • Hank Lawrence, congratulations on winning the Kiribi! I spoke with the gentleman who does our lighter repairs, and he thinks it is likely the black "T" shaped piece that sits above your spring. If that part is damaged or worn down in anyway, it will cause the cap to be slightly ajar and allow for fuel to leak. No worries, though, he says it's an easy fix with the right parts! I'm going to reach out to you via email and we can coordinate to get the lighter repaired for you.

    • Kia G on May 27, 2019
    • Hi, I bought a Kiribi lighter a few months ago and have been super happy with it, except until today. The screw that hold the flit down no longer tightens and as a result the entire assembly is loose. Is there any warranty that covers this issue? Thanks.

    • Cassie D on May 28, 2019
    • @Kia G Yes, Kiribi's have a 2-year service warranty! I am going to reach out to you with all of the details so we can get the repair process started for you.

    • Mike Armstrong on June 15, 2019
    • Do y’all still offer non-warranty work on Kiribi lighters? I have one that my son gave Christmas of ‘14 or ‘15 that will not adjust correctly anymore. Please advise me on how to ship this to you for repair. Thanks.

    • Cassie D on June 17, 2019
    • @Mike Armstrong, we sure do. I'm going to shoot you an email with all of the details and we can coordinate to get the lighter repaired!

    • Drew S on September 8, 2019
    • Hi, my Kabuto recently sprung a huge leak, and it appears it is a busted solder joint. I sent my lighter to the address listed in the pamphlet for repairs, but looking at forums it seems Laudisi enterprises is no longer at this Red Barn Drive address. I would hate to loose my lighter because of an outdated shipping address. Do you know if my lighter will be forwarded to the new Laudisi address or have I likely lost it forever?

    • Ralph D on September 9, 2019
    • Great lighter but!!!! my polymer hinge spring on my Kabuto is not strong enough to press the cap! the light stay on and i need to press it to shut it off! i had it for less than 2 years now!

    • Steve M on September 9, 2019
    • @Drew S: Sorry to hear about the trouble you've had with the lighter. I will be contacting you by email shortly to get this resolved for you.

    • Bryan Webber on November 21, 2019
    • I ended up buying one of these after my post before. Love it!

    • Robert Joslin on December 15, 2019
    • Just wondering if anyone has problems with the fuel valve not seating properly or leaking? This usually means you're ready for a smoke and the lighter needs refilling.

    • Cassie D on December 16, 2019
    • @Robert Joslin It sounds like your lighter may need to be service, I am going to send you a quick email to help facilitate that!

    • Matthew David on December 18, 2019
    • I have a Kiribi Takara Black that no longer lights. Do you still do inhouse repairs on them?

    • Cassie D on December 19, 2019
    • @Matthew David We sure do! I'll send you an email with all the details so we can coordinate a repair for you.

    • Steve O on February 16, 2020
    • I find the easiest way to remove heavy carbon build-up is a little Flitz polish on a cotton swab (Q-tip). It seems to dissolve the carbon completely without scratching the finish. Remove polish the same way...cotton swab. The Flitz polish appears to leave behind an invisible waxy coating that makes removal of subsequent sooting easier; use of an alcohol swab wipes off the carbon much more easily.

    • Terry H on March 24, 2020
    • I had my third Kiribi fall apart in my hand a couple of hours ago. The first 2 basically did the same. I kept screws tight and cleaned them often. I've got a 6 month old BIC that lasted longer.

    • Cassie D on March 24, 2020
    • @Terry H I'm so sorry to hear that! I am going to send you an email so we can help further.

    • Jerry T on July 25, 2020
    • Got a Kiribi with pipe tamper & pick attached.Tube that holds the flint & spring broke at the screw, where can I get parts.

    • Cassie D on July 27, 2020
    • @Jerry T We can likely get that fixed up for you! I'm going to send you an email so we can facilitate the repair for you.

    • Bill Meyer on July 29, 2020
    • I have a Kabuto Mizo that has served me well for at least a couple of years but lately the flip lever "snuff cap" is not depressing the spring loaded fuel nozzle valve. Unless I remember to press down on the cap firmly it leaks fuel and the tank goes empty prematurely.Cleaning and checking the pivot screw has not helped. Perhaps the spring under the snuff cap pivot has weakened. I'll be sending it in for repair.

    • Ralph on July 29, 2020
    • Bill, I have the same problem, the polymer hinge over the spring is thinned from usage! I am still waiting for smokingpipe representatives to communicate with me. It is an easy fix if they send us the piece by mail.

    • Cassie D on July 29, 2020
    • @Bill Meyer Yes, please send it in for repair! I'll send you a quick email with the procedure as well, just for your reference.@Ralph I'm sorry we missed your previous comment. I will send you an email to help with your repair as well!

    • Dennis Guariglia on September 13, 2020
    • I received this for a gift back in June approx 3 months ago And have only used it a handful of times but it appears the flame height no longer works it only has off and very small unfortunately.

    • Aaron Seither on September 21, 2020
    • Hi, I was gifted a Kiribi for Father's Day a few months back and have been quite disappointed in its performance since day one. I am glad to find that there are some folks who are thrilled with theirs, but also dismayed at the number of others like me who are experiencing problems.This was a cherished gift and I tend to baby my pipe gear anyway, yet the flame-set screw has fallen out three times despite being gently turned all the way in, I have had to refill it three times, and the burgundy metal sheathing surrounding the tool/fuel area is so delicate that I've accidentally dented it with my thumb while using the dottle pic.I'm unsure of the model, because it has the top lighting assembly of the Tomo, but the remainder looks like the Kabuto. Is this an early model that was discontinued due to flaws? I took it back to the brick & mortar cigar shop where my wife bought it, but didn't offer any help (apparently they bought a few kiribis to have in stock for pipers but chose not to get more).Are you folks the only ones that do repairs on these? Does my warranty still apply even though it wasn't purchased from you? I'm really hoping that I can get this fixed or replaced with one that isn't defective.

    • Juan B on December 16, 2020
    • Hi, I got a Kiribi Kabuto Mizo Silver 4 months ago. The screws loosened and I lost the bottom part. I managed to tighten the central screw on the top, but now it has a leak. I can hear the gas going out when I close it.I am very far from the US and fear that sending and returning the lighter will be more expensive than the lighter itself. Maybe I could buy spare parts or something. Thanks.

    • Cassie D on December 16, 2020
    • @Juan B I'm sorry to hear that! Unfortunately in this case, it's best to send the lighter in for repair if possible. With parts missing and possibly some parts not functioning properly because of that, it's best to have an authorized repair representative inspect and fix it. Please feel free to reach out to us via email and we can help facilitate that!

    • Phil R on March 15, 2021
    • I am unable to fill my new Kiribi Kabuto. I have bled the chamber, but get huge sprayback trying to fill the lighter. The folks at my local pipe store had the same problem. I am using Lotus butane, without an adaptor

    • Cassie D on March 15, 2021
    • @Phil R Well that certainly shouldn't be happening! We are going to reach out to you via email to help further.

    • Taro Madden on March 30, 2021
    • I recently bought a kiribi kabuto from and it no longer lights. I've bled the lighter, refueled it, flipped the flint. It just won't light. Bit disappointed as I've only had it a couple weeks.

    • Cassie D on April 2, 2021
    • @Taro Madden, I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble with your lighter. I am going to reach out to you via email to see if we can do some troubleshooting!

    • Michael L on May 21, 2021
    • My Kiribi Takara flame adjustment, with a full charge of butane, will now adjust from a minimum of about 1/4" to a maximum of 1". With decreasing butane charge (i.e., with use), the maximum decreases further. It used to be MUCH higher, and I had to adjust the flame height after charging the lighter to prevent the force of the exiting butane from immediately blowing the flame out. But, when new, the flame had a much wider adjustment range. What might be wrong, and how do I get it repaired under warranty? The Kiribi site makes no mention I could find for warranty service. Purchased from 11 DEC 2020.

    • Michael L on May 21, 2021
    • Oops...did NOT purchase my Kiribi from would still welcome warranty service info. Thanks.

    • Paul K Robinson on July 30, 2021
    • I am having a hard time filling my Kiribi Kabuto lighter. I am using Colibri fuel and all I get is back spray.

    • Richard Payne on August 2, 2021
    • I just received a new Kiribi Mikazuki lighter from Eddie Gray At The Pipe Nook. All I get when trying to fill it is huge spray back. I have tried all nozzles that will fit the hole & they all do the same. WHATS WRONG?

    • Michael L on August 2, 2021
    • I can only say that, with respect to the backspray when attempting to fill a Kiribi, that something is indeed wrong. My Kiribi is the first pipe lighter with which I have NOT experienced this problem. I suggest you return it for service, and I hope it's still in warranty.

    • Jeffrey Greenberg on November 3, 2021
    • I have a Kiribi Kuboto that seems to be leaking out of the nozzle, like the cap doesn't push down on it enough. It's more then likely out of warranty as I can't find my box or any paperwork for it. Where can I send it for repair? Thanks.

    • Steve M on November 3, 2021
    • Hey Jeffrey, sorry to hear about the trouble with your lighter. You can send it in to us at:SmokingpipesAttn: Lighter repair2 Highway 90 Little River. SC 29566These lighters are under warranty for 2 years. Even if it is out of warranty we can repair it for you, though there will be a service fee. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any additional questions!

    • Samuel B on November 3, 2021
    • @Jeffrey Greenberg: If you would like to send your lighter in for repair, simply have it sent to our address at 550 Highway 9 East in Longs, South Carolina 29568. Please include a note with contact information as well as the issue you are experiencing. If out of warranty, we can still offer servicing and repair with a fee. Please email us at [email protected] should you have any additional questions. Regards, Samuel

    • Michael L. on November 3, 2021
    • LDGLighter Repair550 Hwy 9 EastLongs, SC 29568Laudisi Distribution [email protected]: 843-491-4150F: 864-751-5704Just sent mine in for warranty repair, but they can advise about out-of-warranty repair as well. Did you purchase your lighter w VISA or MC? Most cards have an automatic 1-yr warranty extension, which, if applicable, could save you money.

    • Greg on May 4, 2022
    • My Kiribi worked beautifully until I filled it the second time. Now it won’t light 90 percent of the time. I’m back to a bic or matches. I maybe smoked 8 bowls of tobacco with it. I read your article. It says “after you bleed the lighter…” but nowhere does it describe how to bleed the lighter. Got any ideas about this thing?

    • Michael L on May 4, 2022
    • Bleeding is simple, and is done when your lighter is empty (or nearly so). Turn it so the fill port is on top, facing AWAY from you. Use a firm and round-tipped device to gently depress the filler valve so that any residual propellant is released. A 3.5mm audio plug works nicely. You don't want to press so hard that the valve tip is deformed. Refill afterwards. If you know you have a fresh, full charge of butane and get a good spark but it STILL won't light, send it for repair.

    • Ryan S on May 7, 2022
    • Kind of dissapointed with my Kiribi Kabuto that I purchased less than 2 months ago. It was going great until I had to refill it after the initial fill finally ran out. I bled the tank as I always do with any butane lighter (I have owned a few Xikar torch lighters in my cigar days). Now, it struggles to light. maybe 7-10 attempts before I get a flame. I have babied this lighter, and used bristle pipe cleaners any time I noticed any soot or black build up around the brass thing that the flame comes out of.. It is just frustrating when you spend a nice chunk of change on a lighter, which should not have these issues. I am going to empty and bleed the tank again when I get off of work and refill again, and this time I will only fill it half way. I do recall a few of my other torch lighers not performing well when tank was 100% full... fingers crossed because I really love the look, feel and function of this lighter.

    • Michael L on May 7, 2022
    • It's under WARRANTY. Send it in for repair. Return (see address above) is quick.

    • Ryan S on May 8, 2022
    • Thank you for the info, Michael. I may have fixed it... I emptied/bled the tank and filled 1/2 way, and also put in a fresh flint although I had spark previously... Now I'm back 1st or 2nd attempt lights :) if it acts up again, I will definitely send it in. SP customer support rocks.

    • Michael L on May 8, 2022
    • Ryan, my Kiribi quit lighting on the 1st attempt, then on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th until I was really frustrated. It was properly filled, had a new Kiribi flint, and made a good shower of sparks. It easily lit w a separate flame when testing. When returned from servicing, the wheel which grates the flint had been replaced, and it has since worked much better.

    • Ryan S on May 9, 2022
    • Thanks again, Michael. Your initial advice was spot on, I am going to set up a return so they can either repair or replace it. It was behaving, but less than 24 hours and it is back to 7-8 attempts before I see flame... cant deal! thanks again, Happy Smokes!

    • Stamper Tamper on July 13, 2022
    • Read before you buy. Great lighters, but the polymer hinge will wear out in roughly two years. Mine occurred a few months after warranty. Currently does not sell parts and you will have to send your lighter in for servicing and pay a $35 fee. Tack on at least $20 international for shipping (in my case). So, if I am going to pay $50 bucks every couple of years to keep a $65 lighter going, I am going to abandon it and not recommend anyone buy one. Sell us the parts SP it’s an easy fix, thanks you tube! You’re a great company SP, you’ve been real good to me and I hope eventually you change your mind so I may use my Kiribi again.

    • Michael on July 14, 2022
    • Well, a few months after in-warranty repair, my Kiribi is seemingly not taking or holding a full charge. Leaking? And, the flame is low and can't be adjusted upwards. I've cleaned the orifice but to no avail. Disappointing. Out of warranty now.

    • Michael on July 14, 2022
    • Well, I was hasty...I went back and read the OP's directions about flame adjustment. It worked. That said, when I removed the external adjustment screw, I found the O-ring/gasket beneath it torn. I tucked it back as best as I could, and with moderate difficulty got the threads of the screw to engage w/o stripping them. The end of the damaged O-ring had been blocking the aperature.

    • Stamper Tamper on July 15, 2022
    • Thanks for changing your mind and coming through SP.

    • Michael on July 15, 2022
    • Now, if only I can find a replacement O-ring for the adjustment screw.

    • Stamper Tamper on August 7, 2022
    • Follow up to above post. I’ve had my Kiribi for over two years and I loved it. Until, the polymer hinge wore out and thus began my journey of disgust with the lighter and with I still love, but I am calling them out on Kiribi. It’s a cheap lighter, read the reviews, the screws fall out, they strip easily, o rings disintegrate and they fall apart in your hand. Sure, I read the above article when I first bought mine and no problem, until you have some wear and tear. Tack on to that, has a monopoly on parts and they don’t want to sell them to you, unless you make a bad review and expose the BS. $35 plus shipping to repair or replace parts that cost pennies is a money grab. The lighter retails for $65, but is not worth $30 in my opinion, so there was no way I was going to send it for service. Basically, SP hyped the lighter up, sold tons of this cheap piece of metal and hence “how to care for your Kiribi”. I hate to leave such a negative review for you boys, but you ripped us off marketing the Kiribi to us. Buyer beware

    • Stamper Tamper on August 7, 2022
    • I forgot to mention, when the Polymer T hinge wears down there’s not enough pressure to push down the nozzle. Not only will gas escape, but it becomes a fire hazard. I passed the lighter to my neighbour and after lighting his pipe he put it down and I noticed the flame was still lit even though the cap was down. A few minutes must have passed and I can’t imagine if I had left the garage unattended. It’s only a matter of time before these lighters are recalled.

    • Steve M on August 9, 2022
    • @stamper tamper I'm sorry to hear about the continued trouble you've had with your Kiribi. I've sent you an email directly so that we can get your issue resolved as quickly as possible. Kiribi makes very nice lighters, in my opinion, with a very competitive warranty program and a reasonable price point. They may not be the perfect fit for everyone (and we offer a number of other brands at other price points for just this reason), but I have 3 of them myself, and have used them daily over the last several years for all my pipe smoking. That said, issues definitely do arise from time to time with any product, and we do our best to stand behind them when problems occur. I strongly encourage you to directly contact Smokingpipes Customer Service if you ever have issues with any of our products in the future. I'm the Manager of that department, and you are welcome to ask for me by name. I'll be happy to take care of any issues you may have.

    • Stamper Tamper on August 9, 2022
    • @ Steve M. Thanks Steve, you guys truly have customer service second too none. Everyone’s experience can be different and I wish I didn’t have to abandon the lighter. I just don’t trust it and I think there is more than enough information her for the consumer to make the right choice for them.

    • Stamper Tamper on August 19, 2022
    • Hopefully, my last post. When you light your pipe the flame can reach the polymer T hinge and melt it. It could be a reason, why it weakens so fast. The hinge has a square face, mine was rounded indicating it had melted and you hay want to check your Kiribi for this. You’ll have to change the angle in which you light your pipe, to lessen the risk. One reason I use a quality lighter is to avoid plastics, and you still have to worry about the risk of burning and inhaling that stuff with this lighter. Good luck with your Kiribi everyone.

    • Michael on August 19, 2022
    • I found my lighter leaking as well. Fortunately, the plastic "T" was undamaged. There was, however, insufficient upward force from the spring-loaded piston beneath the "T" to fully depress and close the gas jet. So, I kept filling my lighter only to find it empty the next day. After cleaning, I placed a small drop of 3-in-1 oil on the outside of the piston. After re-assembly, the piston move w/o friction, and thus placed sufficient torque on the cap lever arm to adequately depress the gas jet. No more leak. A better "T" made of low-friction Teflon or polished stainless would be an improvement. A competent machinist could make one w the right equipment and skill, but that's way beyond most of us. Keeping the flame well-away from that part and the occasional cleaning and light lubrication of the underlying spring-loaded piston may be sufficient.

    • Brian D on October 20, 2022
    • Thank you for the advice. The brass screw was the problem on my lighter. I adjusted it and it’s running extremely well.

    • Michael on May 17, 2023
    • I just switched from using Zippo butane to Xikar Premium Butane. I can fill OTHER lighters from the Xikar canister, but NOT my Kiribi. It just won't work. No matter how carefully I try, there is no filling. Yes, I purged any residual propellant first. If I continue gradualky and carefully applying incremental downward pressure, eventually, there comes a huge blast of butane from the nozzle of the can, but none, and I mean none, is getting into the lighter. Other brands (Ronson, Zippo) of butane work fine. Anyone else have this problem or advice, please? Thanks.

    • Stamper Tamper on May 19, 2023
    • @Michael, I had the same problem with a can of colibri. They are cheap lighters and you should contact SP about a refund, see my above posts. The nozzle is probably to big to get through the hole. Take a flat head screwdriver and pop the screw out of the gas port and fill it that way. Hopefully it works and don’t forget to tighten up them screws or the lighter will eventually disintegrate.

    • Michael on May 20, 2023
    • Well, thank you very much. That was observant of you. On inspection, I noted a small "shoulder" on the nozzle, which indeed prevented full insertion and engagement w the filling valve. I took a small diamond file and removed it. There is a second "shoulder" on the tip which served as a guide, so that the file position was easily maintained as I filed briskly whilst slowly rotating the canister. A bit tedious, but it cured the problem and now I can fill w/o removal of the bottom plate of the lighter. A bit tedious, but it worked. Had Xikar used a slightly different tip, this would not have been a problem. Or had Kiribi used a slightly larger opening on the valve cover. Both manufacturers can be faulted. But, this Kiribi has seen extensive daily use and is going strong, so I happy enough w it again.

    • Michael on May 20, 2023
    • Stamper - what brand(s) of pipe lighter have you in mind in recommending "quality" lighters? I own:1) 40 y/o Savinelli-branded itt Corona piezoelectric which has seen service once or twice, but still works well.2) itt Corona "old boy" which is presently unreliable as even w a new flint and good spring tension, & a nice spark shower doesn't ignite once out of 20 tries.3) Kiribi "old boy" style, presently having seen an order of magnitude more use than the other two above combined, even though only three of four years old. It's the current contender for reliability, if not longevity. 4) a totally cheap ($20) "old boy" knock-off which I carry when I don't want to worry about what happens to my lighter. It's been reliable so far, though sees only light, weekly use at most. Almost a throw-away, but not quite. No tears if lost, though.

    • Stamper Tamper on May 21, 2023
    • @ Michael- Honestly, I would say a Zippo. If it wasn’t for the fact I hate the taste of lighter fluid, it’s all I’d use. I can’t even recall the number of lighters I’ve used and taken apart through the years, but the ones I’d consider quality lighters were the ones that don’t use plastic or cheap/soft metal parts/screws etc. The Kiribi was marketed as good as an IM Corona, but if you compare the newest models, the IMC shines. When you have issues and start fixing it your self and realize with the Kiribi you can’t reuse the screws because they are made of some kind of soft alloy and it gets annoying. If you continually pay to have it serviced they’ll replace all that for you and I’am sure it will work great, but I’am not paying to have a lighter serviced every couple years, especially that Kiribi. I’ve even considered lock tight on the screws to keep the darn thing together, but I just wasn’t going to do that. In my above posts I’ve explained why that plastic hinge is a fire hazard. Every time I filled it I had to tighten the screws and they were always loose. Does that scream quality? IMC has nice flush, perfectly machined steel screws that haven’t needed tightening, nor have I seen any signs of stripping after I unscrewed some just to see. Kiribi has this brass and nickel crap. Although, I miss the Kiribi greatly. It held lots of fuel and I miss opening it with the winged flange (Kabuto), which made lighting it look slick. I have been using the IMC flawlessly for six months now and I’ll share my final thoughts once I reach the two year mark in order to make a fair comparison to the Kiribi for the same time I used it. From the start if I were to actually hold both lighters in my hand, I would have bought the IMC. I got sold the Kiribi because I got roped into thinking they were as good as an IMC, but far less expensive by’s online marketing team. I hope you have many years of happy smokes with your Kiribi and I hope it can be improved upon one day. Cheers.

    • Michael on May 21, 2023
    • Stamper,Thanks for the thoughts. Zippo. LOL, but, they do endure, no? I've got a NOS Nimrod pipe lighter, the cylindrical model. If it were butane, I'd be using it.My IMC, otoh, has NOT held up all that well, even w much less use than the Kiribi. I finally de-ciphered the IMC logo, which for decades I'd been reading as "itt." The stylized lower-case "m" looked like "tt" to me. But de-ciphering the logo didn't make it any more reliable...I have just found the CAUSE of that unreliability, however. It's two-fold. 1) the flint spring can, when compressed, slide down into the hollow of the screw that secures it and allows for tension adjustment. When that occurs, even a new flint and fully tightening the screw will not generate sufficient pressure to engage the flint and friction wheel. A slight twist of the spring allows it to emerge from the hollow of the screw, but it's still susceptible to sliding back again. 2) even when the fling spring is properly seated/ extended, the friction wheel spins too easily. I suspect it is just worn. It sparks, but not as vigorously as intended, I think. In the absence of a replacement wheel, I may remove it and flip it 180° to see if that increases the tension. I wish I knew of a source for a new friction wheel. Xikar now offers a "Lifetime Warranty" old boy pipe lighter for less than repair charges on out-of-warranty Corona or Kiribi. Probably NOT made in Japan like my IMC lighters, but may be worth a try.

    • Aaron Seither on July 22, 2023
    • I'm glad to see that at a few of you were at least getting replies here from somebody at Kiribi/ I've still heard nothing after nearly 3 yrs. Terrible.

    • Michael on July 22, 2023
    • I sent my Kiribi for repairs via since I did not purchase from SP, I incurred a $25 charge. But the Kiribi was repaired and returned very quickly, and works like new. My Corona Old Boy, on the other hand, was sent to a different service facility months ago, and I'm still waiting for it.

    • Thomas C on July 23, 2023
    • Does SP sell replacement springs for Kiribi Tomo lighers, or does anyone know where I can purchase one? Thanks!

    • Thomas C on July 23, 2023
    • Does SP sell replacement springs for Kiribi Tomo lighers, or does anyone know where I can purchase one? Thanks!

    • Michael on July 23, 2023
    • As far as I an tell, NO ONE sells the parts which would let us effect our own simple repairs.

    • Thomas C on July 23, 2023
    • Thanks Michael, that's about what I was starting to think. Tried manufacturers web site, and they don't seem to directly sell anything. Looked on Amazon and eBay.

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