Vietnam War Trench Art Lighter Restoration & Repair

I was sent this trench art lighter from Vietnam for restoration. It's made in early 70's . It's been somewhat oxidized but some parts have stayed in pretty good shape.
I started the restoration by disassembling the lighter. During the disassembly the screw holding the body together broke because it was so badly rusted. This was no major issues because it was easy to replace it. This time I chose to use rust remover to remove the oxidation and rust from the parts, other than the lighters tank. The tank contained sort of porous material to hold the gas so I didn't want to fill it with rust remover but I sandblasted the rusty areas of it. Then I sanded it up to 2000 grits.
The links lost their blueing so I needed to re-blue them. I heated the links with a torch and dropped those in oil. I used oil intended for chain saw chain but it doesn't really matter.
The other parts were pretty much ready to be polished and then nickel plated from the rust remover. Here is my nickel plating tutorial for more information on the process:
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  • WOLFGAMERX31 Elliott
    WOLFGAMERX31 ElliottVor 7 Stunden

    love your videos

  • Dai Baden
    Dai BadenVor 10 Stunden

    Would be funny if they were live rounds and started exploding as the ashtray got hot.

  • omarrisdead
    omarrisdeadVor Tag

    would you ever sell this

  • Yabimoku
    YabimokuVor Tag

    Liquid ice huh?

  • ray the person
    ray the personVor 2 Tage

    I dont care how long an "expert" tries to convince me that thing is a bomb

  • wingedsword93
    wingedsword93Vor 2 Tage

    Can’t tell if this is a restoration video or an asmr video

  • Victor
    VictorVor 2 Tage

    i feel silly on how long it took me to figure out what liquid ice meant

    YAG SIPCCVor 2 Tage

    For a second I was thinking "Oh what is liquid ice" then I was like "Damn you smart ass" :-P pretty damn cool video bud :)

  • Sam K
    Sam KVor 2 Tage

    how much

  • Donald Farr
    Donald FarrVor 3 Tage

    I think that there are a lot of misconceptions about war. When I was in Nam I worked and would volunteer for extra work at times. Anything to keep your mind busy. I had a wife and a new born baby girl that were constantly on my mind. Trench art was just another way to keep busy. We all had down time for rest and this soldier was probably the same. Just counting the days until we would be back wit our loved ones.

  • Austin Aldrich
    Austin AldrichVor 3 Tage

    It looks like its held together with the links from some belt fed machine gun. Maybe an M60 considering it was vietnam. Very cool :)

  • Patrick Goodman, COG
    Patrick Goodman, COGVor 4 Tage

    Beautiful work!

  • Britt C
    Britt CVor 4 Tage

    Somebody should’ve left it in cosmoline. Would’ve come out perfectly fine. Nice job man!

  • Luciano L. Lana
    Luciano L. LanaVor 5 Tage

    THIS is a real restoration, perfect

  • the dark night alpha
    the dark night alphaVor 5 Tage

    Salsa also works great for restoring brass

  • press f for harambe
    press f for harambeVor 7 Tage

    is this for lighting a cig or setting a trench on fire to get the enemys out of it

  • Bishop Havel
    Bishop HavelVor 7 Tage

    I struggle to find liquid ice, where do you get it 🤔

  • Tom Owens
    Tom OwensVor 7 Tage


  • Allen Myers
    Allen MyersVor 8 Tage

    Didn't know brass rusts. Delimer is the best thing to clean brass and copper. Great video

  • bernard miller
    bernard millerVor 10 Tage

    Oh good video!

  • Harrison Ford
    Harrison FordVor 10 Tage

    That brass looks as good as it did the day it was fired in anger in southeast Asia.

  • Rata_Tree
    Rata_TreeVor 14 Tage

    Jesus don't really know your an actual stoner until you lose 17 minutes .... I think I enjoyed the video 🥴

  • Stephen
    StephenVor 14 Tage

    What do you think the odds are that it is now more pristine than when it was made?

  • Pablo Scheufler
    Pablo ScheuflerVor 14 Tage

    shit, this looks so cool, i want one of these now

  • milson narylin
    milson narylinVor 16 Tage


  • Александр Сергеев
    Александр СергеевVor 17 Tage


  • Řèđ Ḉȴøựȡ
    Řèđ ḈȴøựȡVor 19 Tage

    Lighter looks very cool.👍

  • Luke H
    Luke HVor 19 Tage

    So whats the significance of the bullet casings?

  • Ethonra
    EthonraVor 20 Tage

    Imagine the look on a stranger's face when they ask for a light then you pull out this grenade of a lighter.

  • Ben Ben
    Ben BenVor 21 Tag

    Feels like this lighter can just explode at like any minute!

  • BlueMoonLightDreams
    BlueMoonLightDreamsVor 23 Tage

    Useless cool lighter...premuch sums up the US blood thirsty baby rapist, war junkie soldiers of in that war.

  • Derek The Dragon Layer
    Derek The Dragon LayerVor 25 Tage

    my dumbass almost ask what "liquid ice" was

  • Michał Zakrzewski
    Michał ZakrzewskiVor 26 Tage

    I'm so stupid that for 3 minutes I was wondering "what the hell is liquid ice?"

  • Hawthorne Hill Nature Preserve
    Hawthorne Hill Nature PreserveVor 28 Tage

    I love the way you always wear your protective gear and the fact that you've become accustomed to wearing gloves all the time. I know it's hard to use gloves doing the things that you do. So awesome,

  • Gerry Scotti
    Gerry ScottiVor 29 Tage

    Oh my god thank man

  • Joy Frederick
    Joy FrederickVor 29 Tage

    all i got from this is i can have pink bullets

  • bmwthyyning
    bmwthyyningVor Monat

    ai sä oot suomalainen :) en oo ennen tajunnukkaan :)

    TOTY GAMESVor Monat

    It looks like a lamp

  • Marcus Busse
    Marcus BusseVor Monat

    Liquid Ice? Isn't that... Water?

  • Brooke O'Dell
    Brooke O'DellVor Monat

    Even if an orphan gets paid minimum wage it's still enough to feed the family

  • João
    JoãoVor Monat

    I don't know why but this remember me the ark reactor

  • kevin Quickshot
    kevin QuickshotVor Monat

    I am curious how much that lighter is worth?

  • Megladon Gaming
    Megladon GamingVor Monat

    How does he get this antique items

  • W WANG
    W WANGVor Monat


  • peter short
    peter shortVor Monat

    ME.what the hells liquid ice?? for fucking real.

  • Ole Jake
    Ole JakeVor Monat

    Art? Maybe. Tacky? Definitely

  • Ivone Barnabé
    Ivone BarnabéVor Monat

    Maravilha. Muito top! 🥰👏👏👏👏👏

  • 이주화
    이주화Vor Monat

    The jealous physician postsurgically drop because english emphatically guard versus a noiseless plaster. wakeful, creepy salad

  • Hahahaha Lmaooo kid
    Hahahaha Lmaooo kidVor Monat

    1:07 yoo my mans really said “cla clink cla clink”

  • Александр 80 Поиск UA
    Александр 80 Поиск UAVor Monat

    Круто!!! Подписка, бро)

  • the doby kids
    the doby kidsVor Monat

    my favorite part is 0:00 through 17:58

  • the doby kids
    the doby kidsVor Monat

    i like how the original creator of that lighter used bullet shells/casings

  • the doby kids
    the doby kidsVor Monat

    the only reson this was in my recomended was because i watch you alot

  • the doby kids
    the doby kidsVor Monat

    you work so hard it makes me cry

  • Hbmd
    HbmdVor Monat

    good to see it working. And nice looks!

  • EvilJ069
    EvilJ069Vor Monat

    Well it's better than I could ever hope to do, but not this guy's best work

  • Goro Majima
    Goro MajimaVor Monat

    For anyone wondering, I believe the ammunition on the outside comes from a DShK heavy machine gun.

  • arthur houyaux
    arthur houyauxVor Monat

    Me:Seeing the bullets for fuel WTF Him:Chilling If you F0nd the error go here

  • titanium plates
    titanium platesVor Monat

    I hurt myself with a knife and didn't cry even I'm 10

  • Lyle Shehane

    Lyle Shehane

    Vor Monat

    good for you

  • Alex Sanchez
    Alex SanchezVor Monat

    I like that Vintage Look thou

  • detheter2
    detheter2Vor Monat

    surreal to think the last time those casings hit the ground like that was being shot at another human.

  • jujugonegaming
    jujugonegamingVor Monat

    Hmm. Is nice.

    DANIEL VERAVor Monat

    y does everyone shake when something is really hard?

  • Lyle Shehane

    Lyle Shehane

    Vor Monat

    Mwah! G’night everybody! - Yakko

  • sargev55
    sargev55Vor Monat

    that's a small improvised cooking stove, not a 'lighter.' well done on making it mint again. o7

  • Ethan
    EthanVor Monat

    me seeing the rust remover solution; forbidden cola

  • Andy Whyte
    Andy WhyteVor Monat

    all these videos are exactly the same...........they are terrible lol

  • Andy Whyte

    Andy Whyte

    Vor Monat

    @John oooooooooh they are soooo bad. It's a comment section.

  • John


    Vor Monat

    Nah, you just lack sophistication, and appreciation of artistry. Call of Duty videos are probably more your speed.

    VI KINGVor Monat

    show me what this looked like before it was put in a corrosive bath. im guessing about a week before this video was done.

  • Rick Pickle
    Rick PickleVor Monat

    I'll watch this video when I need relax.

  • Володя Прохаченко
    Володя ПрохаченкоVor Monat

    А, гильзы, то советские!

  • Patrick Ong
    Patrick OngVor Monat

    Is it just me or such silent restoration videos are therapeutic to you too?

  • FukiStorm
    FukiStormVor Monat

    iam from vietnam

  • Eiliya
    EiliyaVor Monat

    Impressive restoration work.

  • Я кодер
    Я кодерVor Monat

    Великолепено! Хочу себе такую))

  • Avtar Singh
    Avtar SinghVor Monat

    You're a saver 👍

  • V9Tadpole
    V9TadpoleVor Monat

    Bro at 6:47 that thing was full of forbidden coka cola

  • Ryan
    RyanVor Monat


  • Thomas Wilde
    Thomas WildeVor Monat

    Bin zwar kein Raucher, aber das ist ein schöner Hingucker - ich würde ihn mir hinstellen

  • Slo mo
    Slo moVor Monat

    I dead ass saw "liquid ice" and wondered, "wait isn't that just water?" smh

  • 뜬구름뜬구름
    뜬구름뜬구름Vor Monat

    금연을 파괴하는 영상.

  • Strike86
    Strike86Vor Monat

    Them's the same bullets what ma grand pappy used to ice him some commies

  • Zebinisa Jeemuratova
    Zebinisa JeemuratovaVor Monat


  • Letters To Life
    Letters To LifeVor Monat

    Okay all dumbfucks! Liquid Ice Machine Cleaner is a 75% phosphoric acid of the highest food-grade quality. It is fast acting yet very safe to use and it does not give off any harsh fumes.

  • Hunter Charaba
    Hunter CharabaVor Monat

    You know people watch these high as balls if you are putting labels on containers like "liquid ice" Maaan I was here for a good five minutes wondering "how do you get liquid ice? Do you have to make the ice go super critical??"

  • Labbazz
    LabbazzVor Monat

    I guess someone had a "boring" Artillery post

  • Scott Beutel
    Scott BeutelVor Monat

    nice job brah

  • Sam Doucette
    Sam DoucetteVor Monat

    Wouldn't it be cool if the guy who made that trench-art saw this video! This makes me want a shop in basement....and a lot of the knowledge this guy has. Nice job!

  • Zadeify
    ZadeifyVor Monat

    If I had stumbled upon that I would have called the military to send over a bomb squad.

  • Deepak Verma
    Deepak VermaVor Monat

    From where do you get these

  • E anacreon
    E anacreonVor Monat


  • zipotonez *
    zipotonez *Vor Monat

    6:17 This is where the fun begins

  • JBL Bass Slayer
    JBL Bass SlayerVor Monat

    the soliders took out the bullets, shot them and then put the bullet housing back

  • Clay P
    Clay PVor Monat

    Im sure that was used to smoke a whole bunch of weed by soldiers in the war.

  • Duke
    DukeVor Monat

    Soldiers carried that gargantuan thing around on the battlefield?

  • deepali b
    deepali bVor Monat

    U cud have thrown it off

  • Fennec Fox
    Fennec FoxVor Monat

    4:40 Thats what he wants us to think....

  • Harriz1099
    Harriz1099Vor Monat


  • Tom D
    Tom DVor Monat

    Watching you work is so relaxing.

  • Shakil Ahmad
    Shakil AhmadVor Monat

    If anyone want to buy it is it available??

  • Intellivision78
    Intellivision78Vor Monat

    When I read: "Made in Sweden" on that blowtorch, My swedish heart melted.. Just a little..

  • bình yên Nơi ấy
    bình yên Nơi ấyVor 2 Monate

    I want to buy it, please!