Douglass Field S Lighter Waterproof Japan (Solid Brass)

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Douglass Field S Lighter Waterproof Japan (Solid Brass)
MSRP: $110.00
Our Price: $79.95
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Item #BHQ-23249

Specifications

  • Height:3.00"
  • Width:1.00"
  • Thickness:0.65"
  • Material:Brass
  • Color:Gold
  • Weight:2.35 oz.
  • Brand:Douglass
  • Model:Field S
  • Country of Origin:Japan
  • Product Type:Lighter
Description

Description

This handcrafted Field Lighter from Douglass is different than your standard mass production lighters. High precision and expertly crafted with an eye to detail, this lighter features a waterproof case. Fashioned from solid brass, it has a water-tight mechanism that when you lift up the screw-in lock and tighten, it completely seals up the ignition and the flint wheel. The lighter is designed to be safely used even when it is slightly wet.

An additional feature of the Douglass Field Light is a threaded cap at the base of the tank with a small storage capacity for emergency reserve fuel. The cap is sealed with yet another cap that unscrews to reveal a spare flint rod!

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Beautilful lighter
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Brad H.
11-07-2016
First Impression - This thing is very well made, finish is impeccable and it is machined to a high tolerance. All parts are precisely fitted and well thought out and it came in a nice box with clear instructions in English and well labelled (reviews on YouTube showed that instructions were originally in Japanese [Kanji]). The bottom of the lighter has labeling (engraving) which states in 2 rings "Douglas Studio - Made in Japan" on the outer ring and "Open and Close" with arrows and "Fuel Tank" inside the inner ring. The top cap over the wick has the Douglas logo and design and is attractive to the appearance. There is also a serial number engraved on the left side of the igniting lever.

Manufacture - As stated, this is solid brass. It doesn't appear to be coated so it should oxidize with use into a nice patina (if you want it to stay shiny, wipe it off with a cloth to remove oils and dirt regularly). Stress points appear to be fitted in steel (rivets, plunger for flint and striker wheel - they are magnetic so if any are stainless they are composed of 400 series stainless). As I mentioned also, it is precisely machined. There are compartments within compartments, all sealed and it is WATERPROOF. I am not saying it is water resistant which most products are limited in stating in today's market, but it is advertised as waterproof. There are o-rings and gaskets on the parts to ensure water doesn't come in contact with the fuel, striker or wick so that it should ignite when needed. I doubt it is impervious to water penetration at depths like where the Titanic rests, but in normal use and it dropped in water under 1 atmosphere (33 ft), it should be water tight and fire up with no issues (I'd still shake it off before trying).

Features - The barrel is a brass tube with a base cap that seals with an o-ring with precisely drilled holes for a wind screen. [Within the base cap is another cap with an o-ring that reveals the base cap is hollow. This is storage for additional fuel that reportedly holds enough to re-fill the lighter back to full level. Within the cap that seals the fuel reservoir is another cap with an o-ring that reveals an extra flint]. Inside the tube is filter media where you pour your lighter fluid (Zippo, Ronsonol or equivalents) and remove to replace wicks (similar to a Zippo). This makes this an extra-functional lighter, holding a compete re-fuel and extra flint with the lighter at all times and makes it exceptional for camping or emergency preparedness purposes. The top of this tube is covered with a cap (Lid) that flips open when the lighter button is depressed, unsealing the wick area and throwing a spark from the flint. Where the cap sits on the wick area, it is surrounded by a fire-resistant gasket sealing the wick so the lighter fluid doesn't evaporate when not in use, as well as aiding in waterproofing the lighter.

The side tube attached to the main barrel has a knurled tube (called a "roller" in the instructions) over it that screws up to cover the striker area to provide waterproofing, with a gasket at the top (and since there is resistance when it is unscrewed that prevents it from dropping down, I believe it has one inside as well to complete waterproof on both sides). When it is screwed closed, this prevents the top cap (Lid) from opening when not in use, such as in your pocket. At the bottom of the side tube is a knurled knob that unscrews to reveal a steel plunger that presses the flint against the striker wheel. The spring is inside the plunger so you do not have to worry about the spring flying away when you change flints. The base of the plunger is brass while the remainder is steel (see photo). There is also a gasket seated in the middle of the brass portion to ensure it is water tight. NOTE: The lighter has a flint that is thicker than normal flints, but normal flints (such as Zippo replacements) do work in the lighter, but produce a reduced spark.

Final observations - The top cap (Lid) has a spring loaded ball bearing that keeps the cap in place when closed, even if the knurled knob (roller) isn't screwed in place locking the top cap in place. This ensures you wont have fluid leak in you pants pocket or have it evaporate when not in use. The lighter feels solid, appears by all examination to be extremely well made and durable and should provide years of trouble free service (a lifetime plus if maintained). Flints appear to be normal sized and commercially available wicks and flints can be used in the lighter. A maintenance kit is available from the manufacturer that includes o-rings and wicks, and they sell flints for it also. It functions flawlessly, igniting every time when the wick is properly primed (allowed to soak with fluid), and the flint has seated properly against striker and broken in. All in all, this is an excellent lighter for daily use, camping and emergency preparation. It is a very high quality product which might justify the price paid, especially if you like well-made items and appreciate quality or collect lighters.
Wow! Amazing craftsmanship
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Alvin B.
10-22-2016
I just got this lighter and it is amazing. I first saw it on edc.com forums a few years ago and said I had to have it but I just didn't go for it until now. Beautiful piece of kit. Everything fits perfectly. I am hoping that the fuel will not evaporate as quickly as a regular Zippo lighter. Well with the o rings it shouldn't but time will tell how well the seals are. The lighter does take flints that are unique to the lighter itself and only place to buy them is from BladeHQ or from Japan. The Maintenance kit is also special order. BladeHQ doesn't have it in stock and I just ordered a maintenance kit from Japan. I like to have spares on hand just in case. All in all, I am happy with the lighter and plan to buy another one in another finish.
well made for sure
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Chris C.
12-29-2015
This lighter as others have said is very well constructed and smartly designed. The makers obviously have superb quality controls. This lighter though does have some unfortunate issues. First off, it gets hot very quickly due to the recessed wick design. In less than 10 seconds it gets almost to hot to hold. No doubt this excessive heat is also cooking the O-rings inside the body. This in my opinion disqualifies this lighter as a "survival" or fire starting option. It would be great for lighting cigarettes though. Great conversation piece at your local tavern. The Zippo is a much better option for survival/EDC due to its ability to stay lit and not overheat. The O-rings preventing evaporation are great and are what drew me to this lighter. Definitely worth the purchase price.
Great lighter
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Alex S.
06-25-2015
The thing that sold me on this was the reserve fuel tank- always have fuel when you need it. However, these lighters are so scarce that it's nearly impossible to find instructions on maintenance and whatnot. For example, after many hours of searching online, I still have no idea how to change the wick.
Nice!
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Al A.
06-14-2015
Solid, tight construction and decent flame. Ignition took a bit getting used to, not as fluid as a zippo, but.... what the hey. Love that brass. Primary use: 1 of 2 fire sources I EDC. Get one.
The best oil lighter...period
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Dylan D.
05-30-2015
Had this thing over a week now and I'm impressed. I'm not a smoker but I like to have at least two forms of firestarting capabilities on me at all times. I love zippos but they just plain don't work when I need them. So I've been stuck with bics which don't work great at altitude or other butane lighters that suck in the cold. I filled the lighter one time and it has remained consistent from day one. I light it between 10 to 15 times a day in 3 second increments. 8 days in still good to go on the first strike every time. I highly recommend this lighter to anyone that seeks a reliable companion and doesn't like the ascetics of bics or the maintenance of a Zippo. Just buy it and thank me later.
Strong, sexy & worth the money
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Frank J.
05-22-2015
I agree with with the gentlemen who also was pro for this lighter. 2 quick stories. I was recently in a minor motorcycle accident with the lighter in my pocket. When I got up, the first thing I noticed on the road was the Douglass lighter. Picked it up, then my bike and once I got to safety, I light a cigarette. 2nd story. The lighter was sitting on my lap while I was running late to work. While at work. It poured down raining. It wasn't until I went on my lunch break that I realized my lighter was lying in the little grass patch, drenched. Picked it up, light a cigarette. As far as a low flame, the only time I noticed that is when I'm low on fluid. Otherwise, I agree with the 2nd review 100%. I will also be buying the gumetal/chrome one as a backup!
very well made, useful, worth the money
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gregory w.
04-19-2015
I am actually on this site today for the soul reason of purchasing another Douglass S field lighter. I read the only other review and I'm not sure what the problem is with his lighter. Mine has a flame that reaches at least 1/2 " above the wind screen. If he reads this I can tell him that the performance of his unit is not typical and needs to be returned for a replacement. I have a couple of other models of the Douglas line and this is the only one I would recommend.
It's a well made cigarette lighter
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Matt d.
03-11-2015
I mean that literally. That's about all it is good for. The flame for the most part is petty low, so the only things you can light are what you can fit inside the wind guard.

It's narrow, so you can light candles in a jar, but I don't know how long the o-ring at the base of the wick will take that before they are toasted.

It's beautifully crafted, but if you thought it would be a reliable weather proof lighter you could use for campfires and such, it will not be very good at that job. But like I said, it is very well built with excellent fit and finish. If you buy one, your grand kids can probably gripe about it too.

Also of note, there's some technique to getting it to strike a spark without it roughing up your thumb. You have to make sure the detent is engaged or you won't make sparks.