A recent post by @Tiredricefarmer made me realize that I haven't posted a 'spend your money on this, not that' thread in a while. I've been wanting to do a thread like this for a while, but it either lacked content or I lacked motivation, and I was still testing one product that failed to meet my standards. This thread will be about my accoutrements, belt, cigarette case, lighters, pocket knives, etc. As a smoker (filthy habit, mea culpa, moving on), I've always been enamoured by cigarette cases. The nice ones were always too expensive for daily carry, and the cheap ones are mostly... terrible. They harkened from a time when the paper packs that cigarettes came in were considered inappropriate for daily carry. How times have changed, eh? It's no longer a fashion faux pas to carry cigarettes in the packs they come in, and it's the odd duck who still carries a metal cigarette case. Over a decade ago, I found a German made case, only lightly used, in a thrift store. Over the ensuing decade I proceeded to turn a nice cigarette case into battered scrap metal that had an unfortunate tendency to spring open on it's abused hinges (mostly from everything not quite lining up anymore). Unfortunately, like most 1940/50's cheap German things, this case was no longer being made in Germany. If a person had the cash, you could find the sterling silver version still being sold. (Germans still make excellent cigarette cases, and various types can be found for about $30-50). The $10-20 ones found in gas stations across America are usually pretty bad. Aside from their cheap construction, the bawdy selection of pin-up girls, Che Guevara portraits, skulls, marijuana leaves, and emoticons found on their lids are not exactly designed to appeal to the discerning customer. Recently, I discovered that China does in fact manufacture some good cases, including my beloved German case. I don't know how often these kind of stamping dies need to be replaced, but aside from the absence of a 'germany' stamp, and the addition of a 'made in china' sticker, the two are identical. I'll post pictures of the old one once I find it, if I haven't thrown it away. It can be fiendishly complicated trying to find the good metal cigarette cases in a sea of bad ones, and often you will be working from a single picture. The good news is that there are two indicators, and at least one is visible, even in a single photo. Cheaply made cases usually have fairly large rivits on either side of the latch, and the good cases use an internal wire retainer. If the latch isn't visible, the hinge usually is, and if you see two springs on the hinge, it's because the springs do double duty. They assist in opening the case and also put tension on the metal wings or flaps that hold the cigarettes in place. Aside from the spill factor risk you take every time you pull one of the flaps back to get a smoke, the springs tend to break fairly quickly. Cheaper cases are usually quite square and boxy. The better ones are more curved and rounded. True clamshell designs. The case above cost me $19.99 shipped and engraved. Ordered on Sunday, delivered on Thursday. It's machine, not laser engraved. https://www.forevergifts.com/double-sided-silver-cigarette-case-card-case/ Not all of their cases are the same level of quality, imo. They offer a variety of different fonts for the engraving. I would have preferred a script font, but didn't care for my initials in the fonts they had available, which is why I used the old fallback, Old English. If it was good enough for King James, it's good enough for me. I've attached a better picture of the engraving. Took the photo in an magnifying mirror. Please excuse the scratches and fingerprints. Edit 2: I'm once again reminded of the perils of reviewing things in haste. I'm going to have to revise my glowing recommendation downwards, not for the quality of the case, but for the quality of the plating. The hard chrome plating is peeling, revealing the copper plating beneath. Eventually, I'll need to send it off to Matt for a full strip down and have it replated in nickel.