Sadly this is the way many piezo-electric butane lighters end up. This is a Xikar Resource--oh yes just send them back and get another. Just how many do you have to send back until you get one that lasts longer than a couple months. I cannot even begin to state just how dissatified I am with the Xikar Resource. JUNK--pure JUNK.
Do yourselves a favor--if you want a lighter that will stand the test of time--get a Zippo or an Imco--lighter fuel and flints--simple and reliable. The lighter I have pictured above will NOT be going back this time. Its my show piece to those who will ask--"What do you think of piezo-electric butane lighters?"---the answer is in my above post--JUNK
I am actually so much better luck with the Xikar scribe I got its so freaking simple unlike their old boy copy which I have 2 of and 2 have to go back to them. I agree that piezo lighters while convenient will not last and become erratic after a short time then are only good for throwing at things you wish to chase away. I love my zippos more and more but for charring the scribe has been my go to lighter.
I've gotten less picky, and now just use anything that generates a flame. I'll use matches if there's no wind, a butane if there is wind, my Zippo when I'm in the mood, and a Bic while in the car. They're all good to me...
As VMFA said, similar with a coleman logo are being closed out at fieldsupply.com. I picked up a spare. It has been a reliable lighter for me.
Doesn't Calibri have a repair service? I thought they dd. I guess the more reliable lighters are flint but I always ran out of flint at the worst moments. Might make sense to pick up a couple of those cheap knockoff Old Boys though. I've got 4 Xikar laying around waiting to send into their repair. They are lifetime warranted but take a crap all the time. They don't repair; they just send you a new one. If I was smart, I would probably pick up one of those various old boy knock offs on ebay. I used one a friend had to light with and it seemed clumsy to use though.
Ok, so here is a bit of a side by side between the IM Corona Old Boy and the Jifeng Pipe Lighter which I got for $23 from Ebay.
I'll preface by saying that they both do a darn good job of what they're made to do, which is light your pipe. The build quality and the solid feeling on the Old Boy is notably better - markedly so. That said, for the difference in price, my initial impressions with this Jifeng are good. We'll have to see how it holds up under more regular use. As you can see from my photos of the Old Boy, I stupidly carried it around without it's little sleeve and I regret that, as I've scratched it up quite a bit, but that's life
Here are some side by side photos for your perusal:
Zippo for me every time. I spent a lot of money buying a Peterson lighter (old boy knock off). It's just incredibly temperamental. Can't be bothered - it's lying in a drawer. Zippos are great because they work.
It depends on a few factors, such as how often I'm smoking, the wind and whether I'm smoking something that needs lots of re-lights. The best guess is about once a week to ten days. I know the only thing that's certain is that the Old Boy lasted a lot longer and gave a lot more consistent flame.
I had a Lotus L11 which worked well for over five years. Not bad for under $70.00. It was a gift. I bought a Vertigo which is made by Lotus, I believe and it worked well for over a year. Twenty dollars from a local B&M. Not bad cost/style/price ratio I guess. My Zippo pipe lighter works well of course. The propensity to be out of fuel when I need it and the inability to do a thorough false light relegates it to my car with a box of wooden matches. I try to fill it once a week and when I remember, it's good to go.
I have owned three Old Boy lighters. The first two walked away but this current one stats at the side of my lazy boy. If you have a hundred bucks to spend on a lighter, I highly recommend these, as do many pipe smokers. All said, I prefer good old wooden matches.