The Zippo timeline begins in the early 1930s, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Blaisdell the founder watched a friend struggle awkwardly to use a cumbersome, Austrian-made lighter. In 1932 Mr. Blaisdell decided to reconstruct the Austrian lighter. The name “Zippo” was created by Mr. Blaisdell. In 2010 the company introduced an all-metal hand warmer. The hand warmer uses Zippo premium lighter fluid and provides a steady source of heat longer than any other product on the market.