****The plating shop did a poor job anodizing the latest batch of matte red bleed tools. They function properly but the anodization is not perfect. So to run out the current inventory of them, I have discounted them to $12.00****
I don’t know how many butane lighters that I use to throw away because they stopped working, then one day while at a friends house, I noticed he was sticking something in the bottom of his lighter and some gas came out. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was bleeding the air out. He said if you don’t bleed the air out of your butane lighter, you can never get the lighter full of fuel again. Well, that was a long long time ago.
For the last decade or so, I have been bleeding all my butane lighters the same way as everyone else, just sticking a pointy object in the bottom to bleed out the air. Then one day I ruined a very expensive butane lighter by hitting the bleed port the wrong way. I was always careful after that, but it always stuck in my mind why there wasn’t a tool designed to bleed the air of lighters.
I searched and searched and though several companies claim to offer a butane lighter air bleed tool, their tools are nothing more than fancy picks or awls.
Then steps in an engineering buddy that turned my thoughts into a sketch. Then I got to work on my mini lathe and after many prototypes, I hit on one that was easy to make, fully functional and everyone loved.
This butane lighter air bleed tool is designed to fit over the fill valve of your lighter and when pressed down, the air will come up through the tip and exit out of the holes near the handle.
These bodies are made of 6061 aluminum and the tips are brass.
The bodies of the Matte Red and Gunmetal Grey are anodized and the Silver ones are just plain aluminum with no coating.
This tool is 2 3/8″ long and a 1/2″ in diameter.
These are 100% made in the USA.
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