Hey all. I wanted to see if there are any S.T. Dupont enthusiasts out there that can maybe help me with indentifying wether or not this lighter i'm looking at is the real deal, or a fugazi.
Its at my local B&M, and although theyre an authorised Dupont dealer, they also buy used lighters sometimes.
I have own 5 Dupont & Davidoff Prestige lighters myself, and have been a Dupont fan for years. I have seen fakes up close, and have identified a few key features to fingering the fugazi's.
A) they dont have the color of dupongaz that lighter takes underneath the fill valve screw.
B) almost all say 'Laque De Chine' on the bottom, even when the lighter is obviosuly not.
C) The dead giveaway is the actual valve itself. All the fakes have a very skinny/cheap stem valve. not like the authentic fatter dupont one.
Now, this lighter is tricky becuase my buddy that manages the place wouldnt sell it to me becaudse he "doesnt have a good feeling about it".
I on the other hand cant decide. Its a gold dust gatsby. it has the proper green paint under the fill valve screw. the actual fill valve stem looks like a dupont. it definitely feels real.
The thing thats messing me up is it has a cigar burner...i have never seen a fake with a cigar burner.
I know the details are slim, but just by what i have described, what do you guys think?
all opinions are welcome.
i did convince him to sell it to me finally. he said if i really wanted it, i could have it for what they paid. which is 200. i said i'd think about it.