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The Kryptos Zippo By W.O.E.

The Kryptos Zippo By W.O.E.

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A common accessory in any outdoors enthusiast’s arsenal, a quality lighter is both a functional tool and historically a commonly personalized item for members of the military and intelligence communities. Every product we create comes with a history lesson, and our Kryptos Zippo Lighter tells the story of an iconic sculpture within CIA’s headquarters.


Origin: Rather than simply reproducing our logo on commodity items, our goal at W.O.E. is to produce products that provide genuine utility while telling a story relevant to our unique community. Zippo’s lighters have been coveted, used, and personalized by US Military forces for decades, in many cases becoming cherished keepsakes for generations to follow. We set out to design a custom Zippo that speaks to the brand’s military heritage while also celebrating the Kryptos sculpture in the courtyard of CIA’s New Headquarters Building (NHB).


CIA Kryptos Sculpture Intelligence Special Ops

Kryptos, CIA Headquarters, Langley, VA

Kryptos, the ancient Greek word for "hidden", incorporates natural elements including a block of petrified wood, a block of granite, and a chunk of quartz in addition to a 12-foot-tall copperplate screen with exactly 1,735 alphabetic letters cut into it. The letters form an enciphered message utilizing several forms of cryptography. Despite the volume of intelligence professionals passing Kryptos every day, the cipher has (reportedly) yet to be solved in its entirety. To honor CIA’s intelligence-gathering heritage, a (modified) portion of the Kryptos cipher is laser engraved onto our Zippo lighter alongside our Spearhead logo.


Development: To produce our lighter, we naturally looked to Zippo, a longtime supplier to the US Government and one of the most iconic American companies. Rather than purchasing an off-the-shelf lighter and having an aftermarket engraver create our design, our lighters are made for us from start to finish by Zippo in the brand’s Bradford, PA factory. While lighters have been highly collectible in many cases, we encourage you to use this as the tool it is.


US Military and Zippo: Founded in the early 1930s, Zippo’s associations with the US Military began in earnest in 1941 when the brand ceased production of lighters destined for the civilian marketplace in favor of supporting the War Effort, with millions of Allied soldiers around the globe carrying Zippo lighters into some of history’s largest battles. Becoming cherished keepsakes, many soldiers engraved their lighters by hand with their names, important dates, or even images. In Vietnam, Zippo lighters were again at the forefront of warfare, in many cases being personalized by local artisans with elaborate designs and even complex enamel unit insignia.


* If international shipping is required. All customs, handling, and import fees will be paid by the customer.


*Watch, coins, and other items are NOT included.  Lighter ships without lighter fluid/fuel.


Product Specifications

The W.O.E. Kryptos Lighter is a customized version of Zippo’s Brushed Chrome 1941 Replica Lighter, offering flat planes with sharper, less rounded edges where the front and back surfaces meet the sides. The lid and the bottom are joined with a four-barrel hinge.

- Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo "click"
- All metal construction; windproof design works virtually anywhere
- Refillable for a lifetime of use; For optimum performance, we recommend genuine Zippo premium lighter fuel, flints, and wicks.
- Made in the USA; Lifetime guarantee (Honored by Zippo)
- Fuel: Zippo lighter fuel (sold separately)


- Height: 2.19 in / 5.56 cm
- Width: 0.5 in / 1.27 cm
- Depth: 1.5 in / 3.81 cm
- Weight: 0.18 lbs / 82 g

* If international shipping is required, all customs, handling, and import fees will be paid by the customer.

*Watch, coins, and other items are NOT included. Lighter ships without lighter fluid/fuel.

Shipping Details

All orders are shipped within 2-5 business days of placing the order. The typical delivery time frame is between 7-10 business days. That said, our goal is to get the order out to the customer as soon as possible and will try to get it in the mail within 48 hours. The customer is responsible for the cost of shipping, unless noted otherwise in the product description.

Items are shipped via USPS, FedEx or UPS, as indicated during check out. WOE Trading Post LLC has no control over shipments once they are accepted by the carrier. After your order is shipped, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will include a tracking number for your convenience. Please ensure your shipping address is correct at checkout. Once an order has shipped the ship to address cannot be changed. 

Please understand that we cannot be responsible for lost or missing packages that have been successfully delivered to the address provided with your order. Shipping times are not guaranteed by WOE Trading Post LLC.

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Returns & Exchanges

Returns and exchanges are accepted for a full refund of the cost of the product within 14 days of receipt of the product.  For a full refund, all returns must be shipped back in new condition and including any extra items shipped with the order.  The customer is responsible for the cost of shipping the item back to the store and is responsible for the original shipping cost.

Custom, made-to-order and Print on Demand items are non-returnable and non-refundable. 

If an order is returned to us, shipping costs will need to be re-paid before it can be reshipped. New products or replacements for orders returned to sender, will not be shipped until the original, undeliverable order has been returned and received by us.

If you receive the wrong item(s), or if you receive an imperfect item please contact us within 7 days of delivery to submit a claim. For all claims, please provide photos of the products, packaging, and your order number. If you received the wrong item please provide a photo of the item you did receive, including an image of the product. If the order arrived with an imperfect item, please include photos of the imperfection. We will then issue a replacement order, and if applicable, we will provide a prepaid shipping label to return the incorrect items.

Retail Purchases

All products are for personal use only and cannot be resold.

* If international shipping is required. All customs, handling and import fees, will be paid by the customer.

In short, we are a small business and we will do everything we can to ensure customer satisfaction.