Restoring World War I Trench Lighter - Antique Lighter Restoration & Repair

čas přidán 20. 10. 2019
This World War I Trench lighter in in dire need of restoration and repair. It's missing some parts and rusted badly. I started restoring this lighter long ago but I continued now because I finally came up with a plan to make new screw for the bottom. Th lighter was made by Imco. You've seen me restore number of Imco lighters previously. They have usually interesting mechanics. Unlike the previous lighters, this design was also made by other manufacturers.

This lighter did not have many parts to disassemble. I left the cap attached to the body because it was riveted on and removing it would have cause unnecessary damage to the body I can mask the cap during nickel plating to keep the parts in their original colors.

After disassembly the rust was removed with electrolysis and the body was polished. I didn't have too much damage from the rust and the whole body was covered by patterns so I wouldn't have sanded it much anyways. After polishing the pars were decreased with acetone. the cap was pianted with nail polish so it will be protected from plating. If this as not done I would remove the plating from the cap afterwards. Then the parts cleaned with acid bath and electrolysis and put into the green nickel plating bath.

While the nickel plating was going on, I made new screw for the bottom. I used 8 mm brass rod. I don't have metal lathe but I wont let that stop me. I used files to shape the rod to the wanted shape and added threads. then I bent a thin wire so it formed a ring. I drilled a hole trough the screw and put the ring on it.

I used ketchup to polish the used brass parts. Ketchup has vinegar and enzymes that help with cleaning the brass. It's also readily in nice paste form so it's easy to apply on the surface and it doesn't smell like vinegar.

After the plating was done I assembled the lighter. The screw was perfect! During the assembly I still needed to add the second missing part. It was a really simple fabrication, however I was lucky that my first estimation for the correct length was correct. The lighter works really well and is one of the coolest lighters I've restored. I also was inspired to make short scene WWI flashback scene. It turned out to be more distressing than I originally thought but let's not forget WWI was very brutal so maybe that's how it fel like in the trenches.

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  • Is there a certain type of lighter you'd like to see restored? Please let me know!

    • Maybe a giant one like TysyTube did that one time if yiu find one of course

    • @Cuore Sportivoll

    • Good to meet a fellow Odd, Mr. Tinkering. 😋

    • Can I buy that?

    • Odd Tinkering Yes, that’s the certain type of lighter I’d like to watch! Love from Bangladesh 🇧🇩!

  • Superb restoration, plus giving us a reminiscence of WWI, awesome work.

  • The "Imco" trench lighter wasn't manufactured until after WW1, first production was in 1920. Just an FWI

  • Wow dia item in game Metro i like that

  • The ending was straight out of the movie "1917" 😳

  • Yes, I would like if it possible to restore Lola lighter - like this

  • Why does it say: "Made in Austria" in English?

  • Wonderful

  • Plot twist, the company soldered the spring into place because they knew most soldiers wouldn't live long enough to need a new flint.

  • Historical part destroyed, when remade parts installed for function. In might feel stupid, but in these "restorations" for function, even monetary value goes down for resale. In some cases even cleaning could destroy invaluable history.


  • Seeing all the different kinda lighters restored on this channel has made me very aware of how boring today's corner store lighters are.

  • just think what hes doing some guy was doing in late 1930-1940+'s in a factory somewhere love this channel amazing work

  • Muy piola este

  • Very thoroughly, and profesionaly done. Great job. You taught me something here, and I thank you. Best to you....from South Africa

  • That is cool

  • that is an imco, which was made after ww1, so it is not a real trench lighter, they went into production in 1918, using reclaimed shells

  • And the ducktor? 😔

  • "Ligter fluid"

  • Hhhhhh, Well-made 👍

  • I had seen one of these on a market. Didn´t know they where ww1 era lighters. will definitly keep an eye out for these in the future.

  • most restoration channels: ok now we use a little acid to remove the brass Odd Tinkering: slap some ketchup on that shit

  • made in austria

  • 9:03 just use vinegar. its the vinegar in ketchup that does the cleaning

  • Ketchup? You're definitely resourceful

  • Epic. Jesus loves you btw

  • Beautiful man.loved every bit of it. up. It's so pleasing to see restoration of world war components & equipment since they have a story before us.

  • Exemplary! That would definitely play on the big screen. Well done. Now go give a burger some love.

  • Also do you ever use Brasso? I'm suspect your burgers are very annoyed. 🍔😡

  • I'm currently enjoying this project but am curious about the electrolysis process you use. Do you always set voltage at 6v DC? What current setting do you usually use? It would depend on the plate thickness and thickness of parts being cleaned but is there a ballpark amperage?

  • Really cool ! I saw a few of these when I was a young boy. I'm 68 now. From my father or Grand father ?

  • Is this for purchase?

  • Hi do you sell lighters on ebay

  • Made in Austria? *wait that’s illegal*

  • This video is the most visually-beautiful one I’ve seen yet. The amount of bubbles, rust, and polishing are very well captured. I had to edit to include the cinematic end.... Wow. Outstanding job!

  • that pattern is awesome :)

  • Is no one going to mention how you refill the flint the same way you would a rifle at the time. Bolt-action lighters, only from the definitely not about to dissolve Austro-Hungarian Empire.

  • WoW!!! Amazingggggg👍🍀👍🍀👍💃💃💃💃💃💖💖💖

  • In Holland they slather their WWI trench lighters in mayonnaise.

  • beautiful lighter.

  • package of kool aid (without sugar, the thin little packs), would do better for the brass, make a paste with water, and the kool aid. #askaMarine

  • Включает зажигалку, а там армяне в нарды играют

  • Где можно приобрести такую штуку?

  • Ngl that electrolysis thing was pretty cool.

  • Damn, shit got grim there real quick.

  • What with this idiotic shaking in the end.

  • *miss opertunity* *salted liquid ice

  • It's a shame humans put so much love and genius in to warfare but not in to things that are for peace.

  • I have one in almost perfect condition that my GPA gave me before he passed away.

  • Rad. 🇺🇸

  • Aight, time to play some Battlefield 1.

  • Incredible.

  • That fhaslback at the end tho Lol

  • I got a lighter like this on ebay and thought it'd be cool to do some restoration as you did. You lied to us regarding the wick. The hole is tiny and the wick is massive, I can only imagine how hard it was to get that thing through! That said, the ketchup works like a charm :D

  • Thomas Shelby called to get his lighter back

  • Just gorgeous. I just watched 1917 last night and one of the soldiers has a lighter. So nice to see one in such detail up close.

  • Dang this is my new favorite asmr channel

  • Have you done a sailor’s lighter?

  • Du är ju från Sverige eller?

  • I saw your video was uploaded on Chinese TikTok, it’s re-edited and the uploader didn’t mention the video is made by you. His TikTok’s name is “动手明哥”. He has 580k subscribes. Here’s the link of his homepage: All of his videos are embezzled from others. I tried to report him and his videos but it didn’t work. So just let you know.

  • Этож imco

  • رر

  • Man thank you for the vids! Definitely my therapy!

  • Love watching you work, just brilliant 👏

  • Haha guys I paused the video but that breathing didn't stop Haha I'm home alone Guys

  • Do you sell these things you restore?

  • the lighter series is beautiful. and we see the same in all of these acient pieces as you do: a hard time many decades ago. Thank you for your videos, you are one of a special kind.

  • First time I've seen some from WWI on CS-tv that didn't have someone trying to eat it...

  • My question is why he so interested in nazi stuff

    • Find me nazi stuff and I'll tell you.

  • you really should get to know @my_mechanics

  • The paltry orchestra extragingivally listen because flugelhorn really invite amid a miniature forehead. foamy, erratic land

  • So good to see a sympathetic restoration on you tube

  • Will ketchup help me to clean my stomach?

  • DDR-214-RR Would of did much better than the Ketchup Check it out

  • Wow that's definitely a back-yard restore job haha. All the machinist cringing watching this video too.

  • 12:55

  • Are u related to how to basic

  • Looks almost like mine..I got a true brass reproduction of that same lighter..

  • One day you should do a video on how the nickel plating works and it’s significance!

  • Thanks man. When I see yours videos I forget all my troubles a few of minutes.

  • 12:43 how to basic in a notshall

  • The thing i love about these lighters is how much easier they are to use, i have one in my garage and it is so easy to light compared to a newer one

  • Rick: 5 cents and i'm taking a risk

  • what they be doing at the dentist 7:50

  • I have one of these but it missing the spring parts any advice for making/finding spares ones? (Sorry for bad English)

  • is that you artyom??

  • cool but this is my favorite restoration from you

  • The fact that ketchup can clean brass makes me nervous that we consume it

  • والله انك مبدع 👍👍🇸🇦

  • Did you keep this or selling it.

  • at 12:00 you bend a wire that connects to the snuffer, can you elaborate more on that ? I have a trench lighter that is missing that same wire..

  • "Ligter fluid"

  • Masterpiece

  • What a fine-looking item

  • ah ah sax

  • can you donate me this plz😁

  • Wawoo nice bro

  • Well that got weird at the end

  • my like for the last

  • How do you know everything?