Shortening a Titanium Flint Lighter for EDC
By John D. McCann
I liked the new Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter, but didn't personally care for the spring loaded clip for attachment. It only worked on smaller split rings and upon looking at the device, I realized that if I could cut off the back, I could drill a hole for a split ring and attach it to my EDC key ring.
However, before doing any cutting, I had to determine how deep the hole for the spring was, so I didn't cut-off or drill through the spring. Therefore, the first thing I did was take the side panel off so that I could remove the striker wheel, flint and spring. This must be done carefully as the flint and wheel are under tension and all pieces will go flying, including the spring, if care is not taken.
Once the spring was removed, I used a piece of 3/32nds piano wire to insert in the spring hole to determine its depth. The spring hole was determined to be 3/8" deep. This was good as I could use any area below the beveled top to drill a hole for a split ring without concern for drilling through the spring.
Keep in mind that I already determined the depth of the hole, so you will not have to perform this first step. You can start with the next step, which is removing the spring clip and cutting off the back of the original handle. I cut off approximately 1", which is just behind the front concave part of the original handle.
Well there you have it. A quick modification to a Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter in order to make it shorter. You eliminate the original spring clip, but I like the split ring.
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