I hope that I can get some advise on a vintage Ronson that I have. It is hard to light, takes several strikes and sometimes more than several. It looked to be NOS when I got it. The packing, wick, and everything else looks great, and I have the wick up enough. It works great once it gets lit.
I have tried stretching the spring for the flint, loading up on about a flint and a smaller piece of flint to give it more...umph...and cleaning the wheel and all of that.
We used to have a Ronson table lighter when I was a kid, and I think that I remember it working well. Dad always carried a Zippo and I did too for a bit, and they always worked well. I got a 1935 replica Zippo as a gift awhile back and it works great; strikes first time and every time.
I have heard that a Ronson is your "dress" lighter and the Zippo is your "everyday" lighter...is that the reason why?
I walked into an antique store the other day and found myself in a conversation with the owner on how we used to use the items that he had for sale.
True story. In other words: You know you're getting old when you walk into an antique store and find yourself saying "I remember those."