Welcome to my site that is dedicated to Ronson Lighters and the craftsmanship and classic designs that they left behind. It is my hope that this site will provide you with some more insight into the world of Ronson lighters and the story behind the company.
The world famous Ronson Lighters were the creation of the American inventor and metal work artist Louis V Aronson, who at the end of the 18th century developed new and more delicate ways to work with metal.
In the beginning Mr Aronson did not work with lighters, but had a small metals crafts shop in New York where he produced and sold sculptures, lamps, doorknobs and other high-end metal products.
The first of the Ronson Lighters, the “Banjo”, was made in 1926 and was one of the first modern press and release lighters in the world. The beautiful design and the futuristic properties of the Banjo lighter were an immediate hit and soon after Aronson and his Ronson lighter company were selling their lighter products all over the world.
Over the next 14 years the Ronson Company grew and developed numerous types of lighters. You could get dinner table lighters, outdoors lighters, coffee table lighters, and even kitchen and stove lighters. Ronson lighters had surely conquered the world!
During the war the production of Ronson Lighters was halted as the factory joined the ammo production line. However, after the war the Ronson Company picked up where they had left and in the period up until the mid 70’s they had a growing market and expanded their business into Europe and Australia.
It was in this blooming period that most of the vintage Ronson lighters that we know today were developed. Among one of the more charismatic lighters is the Varaflame Premium gas lighter, which often leads your mind into the 50’s and 60’s with its classic Cadillac tail fin.
The 70’s saw the birth of the disposable plastic lighter, which spelled the demise for classic metal lighters as we know them. During the 80’s and 90’s the Ronson company held their heads above water by venturing into other businesses and fighting an uphill battle against the Zippo Company, who saw a huge boom in their popularity during the 1980’s.
In 2010 the Ronson company gave up and was taken over by the Zippo lighter company who had won the classical lighter war. However, the zippo companies are still keeping the Ronson Lighters company name alive by producing mostly cheap disposable lighters (the Comet) in the Ronson name.
Despite this, Ronson Lighters are still highly treasured collectibles and the designs of their lighters and the quality still amazes collectors worldwide.
Although being bought out by Zippo, the Ronson factory still produces a limited selection of high end lighters and is one of the largest distributers of disposable lighters worldwide.
Among the most known and collected Ronson pocket lighters today are the Varaflame, the Ace, the Banker, and the De-light variations. However, the table lighters and some of the early sculptures made by Mr. Aronson are also highly priced and sought after collectibles today.
I have made a small videoshow with some of the more famous Ronson Lighters. Enjoy