As any Atoll Raider will tell you, a talisman buried deep in your fatigues or surf trunks, can bring a mystical aura of protection and strength. The power to be invulnerable or invisible or a charm of plain good luck.
In the jungles of Vietnam the totem for grunts, surfers or rag boat racers was the same, the iconic Zippo lighter. Boldly emblazoned with messages of personal power, combat slang, anti war sentiment, slogans and mantras the Zippo was both a momento of magic and a raised finger to the establishment.
On the shores of the Atoll the sentiment is akin and the Zippo of choice is created by Papa Nui. Crafted in Old Saigon by the nimble hands of Mama San, each lighter is hand inscribed on one side with the Atoll motto, ‘Surf Later’, a message to all that there’s work to be done before the afternoon glass off at Vung Tau. On the other is the ‘Double Bolt’ shield of the Atoll Raiders authentically represented in the enamelled gold yellow and black colours of this illustrious unit. Everything begins with a spark, so go forth and create your fire and remember, no flame no gain.
Zippo Lighters are shipped with out flints or lighter fluid as this contravenes aviation shipping regulations. Any tobacconist can supply you with accessories to flame up.