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A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

The straight cut is the most common, usually used on cigars with a smaller ring gauge. This cut uses a quick straight cut causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados over the single blade, because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar with exactness. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in shirt or trouser pockets. Most prefer this cut because the entire cap end is exposed allowing for maximum smoke to exit with only minimum buildup occurring around the edge.

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There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

Guillotine (straight cut)Punch cutV-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat's eye, wedge cut, English cut)Straight cut

The straight cut is the most common, usually used on cigars with a smaller ring gauge. This cut uses a quick straight cut causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados over the single blade, because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar with exactness. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in shirt or trouser pockets. Most prefer this cut because the entire cap end is exposed allowing for maximum smoke to exit with only minimum buildup occurring around the edge.

Punch cut

There are three basic types of cigar punches, a bullet punch, Havana punch, and multi-punch. The bullet punch is a bullet shaped device that fits on a keychain. The punch can be twisted to expose a circular blade, used to cut a hole in the cigar cap. This cut is preferred by some, as it exposes less of the filler and binder and reduces the chance of tobacco ending up in the mouth. Critics of this cut maintain that the smaller hole does not allow as much smoke to come out and the hole is often clogged with a saliva and tobacco buildup. One problem associated with these otherwise handy, durable and inexpensive devices is that the unscrewable top is easy to lose, leaving the blade exposed in the user's pocket. "Havana punches" offer some of the same convenience but with more safety. Rather than an easy-to-lose top, the blade is recessed and springs out at the push of a button. Multi-punches offer different-sized punch holes for different sizes of cigars.

V-cut

The last of the most common type of cuts is the V-cut. V-cutters look like guillotine cutters, but cut a wedge into the cigar cap rather than completely removing it, creating a clean-looking gash. Good V-cutters penetrate deeper into the filler than straight cutters, and some smokers prefer them for thicker gauge cigars. However, cheap V-cutters can result in sloppy cuts too deep into the cigar, which result in an uneven burn.

 

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A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

The straight cut is the most common, usually used on cigars with a smaller ring gauge. This cut uses a quick straight cut causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados over the single blade, because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar with exactness. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in shirt or trouser pockets. Most prefer this cut because the entire cap end is exposed allowing for maximum smoke to exit with only minimum buildup occurring around the edge.

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Types

 

Guillotine (straight cut)
Punch cut
V-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat's eye, wedge cut, English cut)

 

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

 

Shuriken Cigar Cutters

 

No review would be complete without discussing the newest addition to Cigar Cutters...

 

Some short fill cigars are worth smoking, but how you smoke them will determine whether or not you have a good smoking experience or a bad one. Of course, nothing you do will make the tobacco better. Enter the Shuriken Cigar Cutter...

What is a Shuriken? In Japanese this means, “sword hidden in the hand”, which really does describe the cutter and its six razor sharp blades hidden inside. In the tradition of Japanese concealed weapons, a Shuriken was any kind of flattened piece of metal that was hand held and could possibly be thrown. In the West, we are most familiar with “throwing stars” which is why Cigar Tech chose that for their logo.

What is a Shuriken Cigar Cutter and where did the idea come from? The idea came from the traditional way of opening a cigar, by pinching a very small section out of the cap, leaving the cigar in tact as much as possible. Cigar cutters date back to the 1800’s. Although the designs have changed over the years, the concept remains the same, cutting the cap off to smoke the cigar. The bullet type punch cutter came into use many years later, along with the development of cartridge ammunition for firearms. That’s right, a slightly sharpened empty rifle case cut a nice hole out of the top of the cigar. The fact that this action was most like pinching off the tip of the cap may have been coincidental, but the idea of getting as little of the tobacco bits in your mouth and keeping the damage to the cigar to a minimum was obvious. This is where the Shuriken has a technological advantage over all other cutting devices, no damage to cigar at all.

According to Belinda Doyle, President of Cigar Tech, the development of the Shuriken Cigar Cutter is first advance in innovative cigar cutting technology since the 1930’s (and perhaps even longer ago than that). Belinda was also kind enough to give me a cutter to test. The retail cost starts at around $40.

Let’s talk about the Shuriken. The device is about 2 ½” long and little over an inch across, large enough to accept a 70 ring gauge cigar. The top unscrews to reveal six hidden razor sharp blades near the bottom of the device. The folks at Cigar Tech have created terminology to go along with their new technology; “I-Draw”. It means exactly what it says. You control the draw of the cigar as you smoke. With six slits cut around the cap, and by slightly varying the pressure on the cigar as you draw, you can completely control the draw, taking as much or as little smoke as you like. And, it really does work!

I smoked two different cigars to test the cutter, a long fill and a short fill. To be as consistent as possible, I chose both cigars from the same manufacturer and similar tobacco – Premium Cuban Hand Rolled (long fill) and Classic Cuban Hand Rolled (short fill). These cigars were given to me at the IPCPR by Tony Sorino from APS Distributing, Pompano Beach, Florida. The draw on both of these cigars was the same, light and easy. The burn was perfectly even. It was hard to know which one was the long fill and which was short fill, and, never any bits of tobacco in my mouth. With the use of the Shuriken Cigar Cutter, the cigars remained perfectly in tact, especially the cap.

Many mixed fill cigars, sometimes called a ‘Cuban Sandwich’, are made with cuttings that come from the process of making long fill cigars. The tobacco is the same, but much shorter pieces are mixed with longer pieces. One company that comes to mind that makes excellent well known mixed and short fill cigars is Drew Estate. Their ‘La Vieja Habana’ is a top rated cigar and a typical example of good premium tobacco being used for cigars containing short filler. A box of 20 will cost around $45 to $55 depending on the size.

The Shuriken Cigar Cutter brings a new aspect to cigar cutting technology that I believe will take the industry by storm. Short fill cigars usually cost half as much as their long fill counterparts, but in general, you can get a good smoking short fill for around $2.50, and most of the time a lot less. The Shuriken will also save all of us cigar smokes a lot of money. We can now enjoy less expensive cigars made with good short fill premium tobacco and never worry about getting bits of tobacco in your mouth. I look forward to comments from readers about this as I continue to experiment with this new cutter. I plan to try the Shuriken on all sizes and shapes of cigars such as box pressed, torpedos, and even curly heads.

 

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

 

Double-Blade Cutters

Many smokers prefer a double blade [Guillotine] cigar cutter because they find it easier to make a cleaner cut as the two blades are designed to meet in the middle of the cigar.  Most double blade cigar cutters offer self sharpening blades but even the best will require a professional edge [sharpening] during their lifetime.  XiKAR makes this easy, just return the cutter to them and within days you will have a new edge to properly cut that precious puros...

 

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

V-cutters are intended to make even cuts from both sides of the cigar. They go deeper than double-bladed and single-bladed cigar cutters. Many smokers often argue that because of this V-cutters are much better to use when smoking heavier gauge cigars.

All sorts of debates rage throughout the cigar-smoking centers of the world as to which one of these methods of cutting a cigar is really the best method to use. All sorts of debate also rages over which cigar cutter will take the cap off better than all the rest.

At the end of the day, we really do not want to argue here. We simply wish to point out that it all boils down to two very simple things, really. One is these things is size of the cigar you are smoking. The other thing is the burn rate at which you wish to smoke your cigar.

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Shuriken Cigar Cutter

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Some short fill cigars are worth smoking, but how you smoke them will determine whether or not you have a good smoking experience or a bad one. Of course, nothing you do will make the tobacco better. Enter the Shuriken Cigar Cutter...

What is a Shuriken? In Japanese this means, “sword hidden in the hand”, which really does describe the cutter and its six razor sharp blades hidden inside. In the tradition of Japanese concealed weapons, a Shuriken was any kind of flattened piece of metal that was hand held and could possibly be thrown. In the West, we are most familiar with “throwing stars” which is why Cigar Tech chose that for their logo.

What is a Shuriken Cigar Cutter and where did the idea come from? The idea came from the traditional way of opening a cigar, by pinching a very small section out of the cap, leaving the cigar in tact as much as possible. Cigar cutters date back to the 1800’s. Although the designs have changed over the years, the concept remains the same, cutting the cap off to smoke the cigar. The bullet type punch cutter came into use many years later, along with the development of cartridge ammunition for firearms. That’s right, a slightly sharpened empty rifle case cut a nice hole out of the top of the cigar. The fact that this action was most like pinching off the tip of the cap may have been coincidental, but the idea of getting as little of the tobacco bits in your mouth and keeping the damage to the cigar to a minimum was obvious. This is where the Shuriken has a technological advantage over all other cutting devices, no damage to cigar at all.

According to Belinda Doyle, President of Cigar Tech, the development of the Shuriken Cigar Cutter is first advance in innovative cigar cutting technology since the 1930’s (and perhaps even longer ago than that). Belinda was also kind enough to give me a cutter to test. The retail cost starts at around $40.

Let’s talk about the Shuriken. The device is about 2 ½” long and little over an inch across, large enough to accept a 70 ring gauge cigar. The top unscrews to reveal six hidden razor sharp blades near the bottom of the device. The folks at Cigar Tech have created terminology to go along with their new technology; “I-Draw”. It means exactly what it says. You control the draw of the cigar as you smoke. With six slits cut around the cap, and by slightly varying the pressure on the cigar as you draw, you can completely control the draw, taking as much or as little smoke as you like. And, it really does work!

I smoked two different cigars to test the cutter, a long fill and a short fill. To be as consistent as possible, I chose both cigars from the same manufacturer and similar tobacco – Premium Cuban Hand Rolled (long fill) and Classic Cuban Hand Rolled (short fill). These cigars were given to me at the IPCPR by Tony Sorino from APS Distributing, Pompano Beach, Florida. The draw on both of these cigars was the same, light and easy. The burn was perfectly even. It was hard to know which one was the long fill and which was short fill, and, never any bits of tobacco in my mouth. With the use of the Shuriken Cigar Cutter, the cigars remained perfectly in tact, especially the cap.

Many mixed fill cigars, sometimes called a ‘Cuban Sandwich’, are made with cuttings that come from the process of making long fill cigars. The tobacco is the same, but much shorter pieces are mixed with longer pieces. One company that comes to mind that makes excellent well known mixed and short fill cigars is Drew Estate. Their ‘La Vieja Habana’ is a top rated cigar and a typical example of good premium tobacco being used for cigars containing short filler. A box of 20 will cost around $45 to $55 depending on the size.

The Shuriken Cigar Cutter brings a new aspect to cigar cutting technology that I believe will take the industry by storm. Short fill cigars usually cost half as much as their long fill counterparts, but in general, you can get a good smoking short fill for around $2.50, and most of the time a lot less. The Shuriken will also save all of us cigar smokes a lot of money. We can now enjoy less expensive cigars made with good short fill premium tobacco and never worry about getting bits of tobacco in your mouth. I look forward to comments from readers about this as I continue to experiment with this new cutter. I plan to try the Shuriken on all sizes and shapes of cigars such as box pressed, torpedos, and even curly heads.

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How to Punch a Cigar

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Punching a cigar is the process of removing a round hole in the cap of a cigar. Using a cigar punch to remove the cap of a cigar directs the flavor of the cigar to the appropriate area of your pallet. There are several different types of cigar punches and the majority of them can be kept on a key-chain. Others are built into lighters. To punch a hole in a cigar, extend the blade by twisting the body of the punch or pushing the plunger. Apply light pressure to the cap while rotating the cigar slowly. Pushing too hard or holding the cigar with too much pressure can cause the cigar wrapper to unravel. You will want to remove about 1/16" of the cap of the cigar. After punching the cigar, the cap will remain in the cigar punch. Most cigar punches have some type of cap removal. Either by twisting the body and retracting the blade or some punches have an auto ejecting button that will retract the blade using a spring. This will pop out the punched cap and you are ready for the next punch.

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A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

History

Frederick William Fairholt, in 1859, describes an early cigar cutter as follows:

In Berlin, a few years ago, an ingenious pocket- knife, entirely of steel, was fabricated for the use of cigar-smokers, of which we here give an engraving.
It had all the strength of the usual knife, but the spring was so constructed that it did not shut down to the edge of the blade; the cigar-end being placed through the aperture at the end, the point of the knife, on being pressed down by the finger, cut off the end of the cigar.

Fairholt also describes another device:

Another simple little implement, to act as cigar-cutter and holder... The double cutter at one side takes off the end of the cigar, and, when closed, acts as a hold for the finger and thumb, the opposite arms closing round the cigar and securing it very firmly. A small loop on one of the cutters allows it to be attached to the watch-chain if desired.

 

Fun Fact:  It is possible to receive a severe injury from a poorly handled cigar cutter. In 1999, basketball star Michael Jordan injured a finger with a cigar cutter.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

Guillotine (straight cut)

Punch cut

V-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat's eye, wedge cut, English cut)

Punch cut

There are three basic types of cigar punches, a bullet punch, Havana punch, and multi-punch. The bullet punch is just that, a bullet shaped device that fits on a keychain. The punch can be twisted to expose a circular blade, used to cut a hole in the cigar cap. This cut is preferred by some, as it exposes less of the filler and binder and reduces the chance of tobacco ending up in the mouth. Critics of this cut maintain that the smaller hole does not allow as much smoke to come out and the hole is often clogged with a saliva and tobacco buildup. One problem associated with these otherwise handy, durable and inexpensive devices is that the unscrewable top is easy to lose, leaving the blade exposed in the user's pocket. "Havana punches" offer some of the same convenience but with more safety. Rather than an easy-to-lose top, the blade is recessed and springs out at the push of a button. Multi-punches offer different-sized punch holes for different sizes of cigars.

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Shuriken Cigar Cutter

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"The SHURIKEN cut draws the smoke evenly throughout the cigar, resulting in a cooler, more flavorful smoke," said Belinda Doyle. "It positions the smoke onto the tongue where the most pleasant tastes are experienced, and the draw is controlled by the pressure of your mouth on the slits made by the cutter. It really is amazing to be able to control the draw of virtually any cigar with this unique cut."

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What’s a Cigar Cutter?

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The purpose of buying the Cigar cutter is to cut the cap of the Cigar after using it or may be before lightning your cigar. According to your wish you can find these cutters in different shape of edges by using them you can cut your cigar in V cut, punch hole and straight cut.

 

Various Features
Cigar cutter is generally a metallic physique consisting of sharper edges which can easily cut your Cigar into two pieces, it’s not cutting your smoking in to two but creating your Cigar that substantially to ensure that you could finish it in very first time. These cutters are quickly obtainable within the industry in unique shapes and design , you’ve diverse varieties to pick out them as par your budget makes it possible for you.

 

These cutters are enough sharp to cut your cigar easily and you don’t have to put much force for that. Chain Smokers don’t miss any chance to light their cigars whether they are doing that for just passing time, enjoying in a party, while watching TV, discussing with their colleagues or celebrating on any occasion but Cigar is that much big that a single person can’t finish it in first time so they need to preserve their Cigar for future celebrations which is increasing the market for Cigar Cutter in the market nowadays.

 

The purpose of buying the Cigar cutter is to cut the cap of the Cigar after using it or may be before lightning your cigar. According to your wish you can find these cutters in different shape of edges by using them you can cut your cigar in V cut, punch hole and straight cut.

 

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Cigar cutter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

There are three basic types of cigar cutters:

The straight cut is the most common, usually used on cigars with a smaller ring gauge. This cut uses a quick straight cut causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados over the single blade, because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar with exactness. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in shirt or trouser pockets. Most prefer this cut because the entire cap end is exposed allowing for maximum smoke to exit with only minimum buildup occurring around the edge.

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Punch cut

There are three basic types of cigar punches, a bullet punch, Havana punch, and multi-punch. The bullet punch is a bullet shaped device that fits on a keychain. The punch can be twisted to expose a circular blade, used to cut a hole in the cigar cap. This cut is preferred by some, as it exposes less of the filler and binder and reduces the chance of tobacco ending up in the mouth. Critics of this cut maintain that the smaller hole does not allow as much smoke to come out and the hole is often clogged with a saliva and tobacco buildup. One problem associated with these otherwise handy, durable and inexpensive devices is that the unscrewable top is easy to lose, leaving the blade exposed in the user's pocket. "Havana punches" offer some of the same convenience but with more safety. Rather than an easy-to-lose top, the blade is recessed and springs out at the push of a button. Multi-punches offer different-sized punch holes for different sizes of cigars.

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Types of Cigar Cutters

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For newbie cigar smokers, one of the questions that comes up often is "how do I properly cut this cigar?" Well, you're going to need a cigar cutter unless you want to get medieval and bite the end off of it - please resist any alcohol-induced urges toward this method since you'll probably end up with a wrecked cigar! There are a few different styles of cutters, each with their pros and cons. Regardless of the style you use, be sure not to cut the whole cap off since it actually helps hold the cigar together, and you wouldn't want the leaves coming apart while you're trying to smoke it. Nothing says "I'm a noob" like an unraveling cigar! There's a line where the cap joins the cigar, so look for that and make sure you don't cut below it.

One of the most popular types of cutters is the "guillotine" style, in which the cutter has a round hole through which the cigar cap is placed, and a blade comes down and whacks the end right off producing a circular opening. A variation on this is the twin-bladed guillotine, which has opposing blades that cut from two sides. The twin-bladed type tends to make a neater cut in our experience, but in either case you'll need a firm motion for the blades to make a good cut; don't be soft about it or you might mangle the end a bit.

Cigar scissors are another option which many people like. You have complete control over where and how you cut the cigar, but some people find the other cutter types to be a bit more "automatic" and easy to use.

The so-called "V-cutter" style snips a V-shaped opening into your cigar, making for an elongated mouth-like opening. Many people find this option to give them the best draw, and it's a great option for thinner cigars. Be sure not to cut too deep into the cigar otherwise you'll actually draw too much and it'll be a little hotter than you'd like.

The punch cutter type has a circular blade that you just press into the end cap and it bores out a hole. They're often small enough to be hung on your key chain. The downside to this cutter style is they don't work well on some cigar shapes, like torpedoes; they're best for cigars with traditional round end caps.

So how much do you have to spend to get a good cutter? Cheap versions (under $5) are readily available at any smoke shop and are often totally adequate, but you might want to spend a little extra to get a higher quality product. Some of the cheapo cutters do a better job ripping your cigar than cutting it. Other times they'll actually work pretty well until the handle comes off or the blade dulls. A higher quality cutter will stay sharp and produce nice cuts, allowing you to fully enjoy your smokes now and into the future!

 

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Types of Cigar Cutters

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

 

Davidoff Cigar Cutter

The Davidoff Cigar Knife is one of the most sophisticated tools you can use or give as a gift. Built like a pocketknife, it is so much more than that. Its most unique features is the punch cigar cutter that looks like a blade, but features raised circles with sharp edges on the flat of the steel. You can use any one of these three circles to make whatever size punch you wish simply by pressing the cap against the circle and rotating it to make an incision.

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

Many of you have been smoking cigars for years now, and you know what your own personal opinions and preferences are in these matters. We know you can make an intelligent decision about which cigar cutter will work best for you. Our job is simply to help you find it here on our site so you can obtain your heart’s desire.

 

A few of our more notable types and brands include, but are not limited to, the following:

Single-Blade Cutters

This is the most basic type of cigar cutter. The Sure Cut single-blade disposables feature a back plate that keeps you from accidentally cutting off the cap of the cigar. One precision slice will take off just a smidge from the end so you can enjoy a long, satisfying draw. The prevention of a mis-cut keeps the wrapper from unraveling as well. The Sure Cut can also be used to cut Torpedo Shapes with 2-3 quick cuts.

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Cigar cutters remove or put holes in the caps of cigars before you smoke them. There are three methods by which Cigar Cutters can cut a cigar. One of these is the simple straight cut, which involves simply slicing the end off of the cigar cap. The other is called the wedge or V cut. This kind of cut leaves a portion of the cap in place and simply cuts a wedge from the middle of it. The third type of cut is known as the hole punch. This actually creates a hole in the center of the cap and lets you to draw smoke through the hole. You must be very precise in selecting the size of your hole punch. If you punch a hole that is too small, you will have tar buildup around the edges and it will affect the flavor of the cigar. Many cigar smokers prefer a cigar cutter to a punch for this reason.

 

Straight cuts are typically made by either a single-blade or double-blade cigar cutter. Both types look like little guillotines. A good number of people prefer double-bladed guillotines because they say they make cleaner cuts than straight blades. This, of course, depends greatly on the type of cigar you are smoking, and, to a very real extent, on your own abilities in cutting cigars.

 

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Cigar cutters are used to remove or penetrate the cap of a cigar before smoking it. There are three basic types of cuts, but there are many, many more and I'm sure we will miss some...  A fourth type of "Shuriken" or multiple slit cut was introduced in 2011. The type of cut to make is based on personal preference, the size and/or shape of the cigar, and the type of filler tobacco in the cigar. Experienced cigar smokers may not always make the same type of cut or use the same kind of cutter. The straight cut is the most common, and is always preferred on cigars with a small ring gauge (thin cigars).

 

Straight Cigar Cutters [Guillotine]  The most basic type of cutter used to make straight cuts is the single blade guillotine. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar at the exact spot you intend. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in the pocket of your shirt or trousers.

 

Wedge [V-Cut]  The wedge or "V" cutter resembles the guillotine cutter, but the shape of the blade slices a wedge into the cap of the cigar instead of cutting it completely off. The cutter is designed to slice from one side, and at the same depth, so there is no danger of cutting too deep.

 

Hole Punch  The hole punch is used to put a hole in the cap of the cigar, instead of cutting it off. If the hole is not large enough for the cigar, the draw of smoke through the cigar can be impeded. Also, as the cigar is smoked, tar can accumulate near the hole, also affecting the taste as well as the draw. Here's a hot tip: In a pinch when no cutter is available, or to sample a hole punched cigar without buying a hole punch device, a hole cut can be made in a cigar using a pen or pencil.

 

Shuriken Cigar Cutter  The Shuriken cigar cutter, which looks like a giant capsule, has six razor sharp blades inside that cut slits around the top of the cigar. This innovative new technology was introduced during 2011, and works especially well with short filler cigars.

 

 

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How to Cut a Cigar with a Guillotine Cigar Cutter

 

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Guillotine cigar cutters come in two different blade configurations, single blade and double blade. The single blade cigar cutter cuts by holding the cigar against the metal or plastic body and slicing through the cigar cap from one side of the cigar. The single blade cutter is not as precise and does not cut as cleanly as a double blade guillotine cigar cutter. The double blade cigar cutter has blades on both sides of the cap when cutting cigar. Using equal pressure with sharp blades on both sides of the cigar creates a much cleaner cut of the cigar cap.

 

The proper way to cut a cigar using a guillotine cigar cutter can take some practice. Hold the cigar in one hand and the guillotine cutter with the other. Insert the head of the cigar in the cutter and cut into the cap, usually about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch down. If the head of the cigar is shaped like a cone, then cut into the cone, but not quite at the widest part. In any case, do not cut into the body of the cigar. That would cause the wrapper to unravel, and ruin your cigar. A good way to start if you have never cut a cigar before is to place the cutter on a flat surface. Put the head of the cigar in the cutter and use the flat surface as a guide while you cut.

 

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Cigar Cutter Types

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A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smokeable tobacco will be lost.

Types

 

There are three basic types of cigar cutters:


Guillotine (straight cut)
Punch cut
V-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat's eye, wedge cut, English cut)

V-cut

The last of the most common type of cuts is the V-cut. V-cutters look like guillotine cutters, but cut a wedge into the cigar cap rather than completely removing it, creating a clean-looking gash. Good V-cutters penetrate deeper into the filler than straight cutters, and some smokers prefer them for thicker gauge cigars. However, cheap V-cutters can result in sloppy cuts too deep into the cigar, which result in an uneven burn.

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A cigar cutter is a mechanical device designed to cut one end off a cigar so that it may be properly smoked. Although some cigars are cut on both ends, or twirled at both ends, the vast majority come with one straight cut end and one end in a "cap" which must be cut off for the cigar to be smoked. Most quality handmade cigars, regardless of shape, will have a cap which is one or more small pieces of a wrapper pasted on to one end of the cigar with either a natural tobacco paste or with a mixture of flour and water. The cap end of a cigar is the rounded end without the tobacco exposed, and this is the end one should always cut. The cap may be cut with a knife or bitten off, but if the cap is cut jaggedly or without care, the end of the cigar will not burn evenly and smoke-able tobacco will be lost.

Types

A semi-airtight cigar storage tube and a double guillotine-style cutter


There are three basic types of cigar cutters:


Guillotine (straight cut)
Punch cut
V-cut (a.k.a. notch cut, cat's eye, wedge cut, English cut)

Straight cut


The straight cut is the most common, usually used on cigars with a smaller ring gauge. This cut uses a quick straight cut causing both ends of the cigar to be exposed. The double blade guillotine is preferred by many aficionados over the single blade, because it usually makes a cleaner cut. Cigar scissors are also used to make straight cuts, and may be the best choice for cutting the cigar with exactness. However, the guillotines are usually the most practical, the least expensive, and can be easily and safely carried in shirt or trouser pockets. Most prefer this cut because the entire cap end is exposed allowing for maximum smoke to exit with only minimum buildup occurring around the edge.

 

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XiKAR Cigar Cutters...

When considering adding a superior cigar cutter to your personal collection, consider a high quality Xikar cutter. While cutters eliminate or insert holes in cigar caps prior to lighting up, it is important to have a top of the line cutter such as a Xikar and know how to use it properly. Choosing your cutter is just as significant as selecting the cigar itself.

Many cigar aficionados take pride in what awaits them in their humidors. The same attention should be given to the cigar accessories they use. An affordable Xikar cutter is the perfect addition to any smokers compilation that will not only fulfill your needs, but will also ultimately add to your positive smoking experience.

As with the actual components of a cigar, there are a number of options available when it comes to cigar cutters. They range from single or double blade cutters to the v-cutter style, and they vary in price and quality as well. No matter what style you choose, it should be sharp enough to allow for a flawless cut on whatever size of cigar you enjoy.

The ideal cutter for you can also be dependent on the burn rate you hope to achieve. A straight-cutting, single blade or double blade cutter all have the look of a guillotine and provide a smooth cut every time. Both allow for a small portion to be trimmed off, resulting in the wrapper staying intact and a prolonged draw.

Xikar cutters are an outstanding option to consider when looking for one to call your own. Xikar produces high quality cigar tools including their spring loading, aluminum or fiberglass bodied cutters. The style is a dual blade, guillotine type that will accommodate up to a ring gauge of 54.

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