Prometheus Ultimo X
 
 
 
   

Ultimo X II, MSRP $79.95
Triple Torch Flame, Wind-resistant
Built-in Punch Cutter
U.S. Patent 6,298,856 & 6,732,741

2.87 inch x 1.45 x 0.55
73 mm x 37 x 14

   
   
       
X5
Black Lacquer
X6
Vertical Lines
X8
Wave

X9
White Lacquer
 
 
 
 
Triple torch flame
 
Gas level shows in blue
Built-in punch cutter. U.S. patent 6,298,856 and 6,732,741
 
 
 
 
 
 
Case-U/BK, Protective Leather Case, Made in Spain, MSRP $12.00  
   
   
 
 
 
   

     
   
Prometheus 2012 Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Ultimo X

Review by Brian Burt and Photos by Brooks Whittington, HalfWheel.com

Established in 1992, Prometheus International, Inc. started out exclusively as a lighter company. Since then it has grown to include all sorts of cigar accessories besides lighters, including cutters, humidors and more. In 2004 Keith Park, owner of Prometheus, expanded into the cigar business even further by partnering with the Fuentes to create the God of Fire cigar company.
 
 
The lighter itself is quite beautiful, with a gorgeous chrome and lacquered finish, sporting the Prometheus logo on one side and the 20th Anniversary logo on the other. Normally this model comes in five different designs - blank white or black lacquer and three silver metal designs. The lacquered finish-while beautiful-is very delicate. Since it doesn't come with a case of some type, I wouldn't put it in your pocket with any keys or any other hard-edged objects. As long as you don't throw it around or slide it along rough surfaces though, it should hold up fine.

Getting into the features of the Ultimo X you can see an easy to operate design. When held between your thumb and index finger, it makes it easy to flip the lid open with your thumb, slide down to press the side lever to ignite the triple flame torch, then when you're finished you can nudge the lid closed again with the side of your index finger. The triple flame design is an interesting one. It has all three nozzles in a row instead of clustered together and the outer two nozzles pointed slightly inward to create the finest point I've seen on a triple flame lighter. On the side you have an oversized, easy to read fuel window. Along the bottom there is a swing out 7mm cigar punch that when closed allows the refill nozzle and flame adjustment to poke through the hole.
 
 
While the lighter itself is pretty large, even to the point of almost filling up your hand when held, it still fits easily into your pocket without seeming too bulky or taking up too much room. I think the size is perfect because it allows for as big a fuel tank as possible without getting into a larger format, and with a triple flame the possibility is there to eat through fuel much quicker than a single flame lighter would. It also has a decent weight to it, giving off an air of quality to the build that a lighter weighing less would not.

The month that I've had this lighter I've tried to use it for every cigar I smoked, whether or not I normally would reach for a triple flame lighter. I've also used the punch for every cigar as well, unless it was a torpedo or ended up needing a larger opening. The punch is quite sharp and didn't have a problem with any cigar, from the most delicate to the thickest wrappers. It is fairly consistent with lighting successfully most of the time on the first push of the lever.
 
 

The Good:

  • It can consistently light up and put out a consistent flame - a key element in any torch lighter
  • It's a beautiful, classy looking lighter - I received compliments wherever I took it.
  • The punch is sharp and does a great job cutting a plug out of cigars all the way down to 44 RG. Built-in punches on other lighters always seem to be an afterthought and don't usually work well.
  • Decent size fuel tank, which is much needed for the triple flame design.
  • Easy to operate design.
  • Large, easy to read fuel window.
  • Still small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket.
        
   
    
 
 
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