Originally Posted by countdemoney
All of the designs you have are variations on dunhill originals.
You can look at it two ways - do you want a lighter with this form factor? If yes, buy the best lighter with the look you want at the price you want.
Do you want a lighter that will impress people? If yes, you probably want the brand name and when someone asks you about your "fancy lighter" you can tell them about its provenance, the dunhill legacy, etc.
My suggestion for the original was in the probably mistaken belief that you wanted to be able to big time it.
So the top ones with the roller are closer to Dupont given their larger form factor, but with those I learned last night the lid doesn't open a full 90 degrees so they are out as I don't want to deal with the angled lid.
The other one is very much like an old Dunhill table lighter and a design off of their unique which was released in 1983, not sure when the IM Corona came out but I know it has been around for a while, maybe just as long. Plus the corona has made advancements in the materials they use along with silicon seals which supposedly make a big difference in the longevity of the unit, don't know how much that really matters but I don't believe Dunhill does the same, though arguably they use nicer materials in the cap as I believe the Dunhill Unique has a sterling silver cover (don't know if that is a good thing or a bad due to tarnish)
With that said I am not into the brand name, more the quality and the look, I used to be into name and paid for it but found with those products I was never happy and always got less enjoyment using them (great example for me are my montblanc pens vs. Pelikan, Namiki and others or my Rolex vs my Omega)....
If I was considering outright copies like Yibao or lubinski that are cheap and blatantly steal designs then I would agree that is a substitute putting itself off as something it is not (lubinski has a style that is most likely a fake dupont with their name etched on it), but a high quality product that has stylistic similarities to a classic is something I am ok with, much like a Sailor Pen when compared to a Montblanc Meisterstuck, aesthetically very similar, but the Sailor is arguably a better performer at roughly half or a third of the price and made just as well. The interesting thing is the the Yibaos are often touted as being like the Old Boy and not the much more expensive Dunhill unique, which to me is another indicator of just how good IM Corona's product is.
Thanks for the honest feedback