This Black Crackle Lighter is a replica of the lighters that were made during WWII.
During the war, Zippo had to use black crackle paint due to materials shortage. The advantage of black crackle finish was that it didn’t reflect the light and avoided the attention from enemies.
The black crackle finish has a rugged look. It is scratch and slip resistant. The black crackle lighter may be one of the reasons that Zippo became very popular after the war.