Kiribi's Kenshi, meaning "sword wielder," is an angled pipe lighter with double flame for softer, wider pipe lighting in a sophisticated art deco style. While horizontally smaller than Kiribi's other pipe lighters, the Kenshi still offers a surprising 2.8g of fluid capacity (compared to the standard Kabuto's 5.5g tank) and maintains the classic, Old Boy-style hinged cap and striking wheel. With even easier pocket carry and on-the-go convenience, it's the perfect everyday-carry lighter for a minimalist yet chic aesthetic.
The origins of Kiribi lay in the traditional Japanese practice of casting sparks upon a travelerís back, imparting fortune, warding away evil, and blessing them on their journey. The practice hearkens to the famous 8th-century legend of Prince Yamatotakeru, and the aunt who gifted him the firestone and striker that saved his life on perilous travels.
In time, the same simple tool kit that was used to perform the original Kiribi came to be used by the countryfolk of Japan to light their pipes; hence the inspiration for the Kiribi line. All acts in life involve an important first igniting step; enjoying a bowl from your favorite pipe is exceptionally so. Every spark, whether it is struck for a pipe or a cigar, or a chance-met strangerís cigarette, leads us upon a little journey of our own, with a bit of extra good fortune.
Meticulously hand assembled in Japan, Kiribi construction is immediately recognizable from the substantial heft of high-quality created by nickel, steel, and brass serving in all the essential parts. The confident snap of the flame-cap is provided by yet another innovation, a spring made of a special polymer more resistant to fatigue even than steel. Available in 3 finishes: Black Matte, Black Nickel & Mizo Silver. Jar of 20 Kiribi Lighter Flints