Ever seen one of these?
Regular, standard Zippo on the left (vintage steel cased from 1952 actually)
Slim zippo center (vintage from 1985)
And, a custom cut down I did several years ago. These kept popping up online at the time, supposedly something that was “theatre art”; items made by deployed soldiers. From the vietnam war era, done to make them smaller to carry.. I call BS on that one! No way a soldier in the field ever did this mod, unless he was on a base with a machine shop handy!
I simply liked the square, balanced look, so I had to make one. Shortening the case is pretty easy. Shortening the insert is interesting…The real pain is re mounting the hinge, and getting the lid to body fit gapless and snug, without binding.