In 1978 the company introduced "Ultralites" which were Zippos with acrylic chips attached to the case and lid. Ronald B "Mac" McLane, an long time employee in Zippo Manufacturing Co's advertising department at the time, came up with the idea of applying Scrimshaw art to the acrylic chip. In the late 1970's he piloted a project to do so and asked his niece Lois McLane to do the artwork. She submitted a number of designs on the lighters shown below but the project fizzled out because the process used was not economically feasible. The lighters shown below were engraved by Lois McLane as evidenced by her signature on most of them and are one-of-a-kind. The cases and lids of the lighters on the reverse also are covered by the ivory colored acrylic panels which have not been engraved.
In the late 1980's and years that followed many new Scrimshaw designs on Zippo lighters were introduced. One of the most often seen is the "Tall Ship and Lighthouse" design shown on several Zippos below. Not only are Scrimshaw Zippos machine produced by Zippo, but Zippo lighters scrimshawed by hand on genuine ivory or bone can be found engraved by scrimshaw artists such as Jason Webb, Donna Ruprecht, and Linda Layden.