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Cutting a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar from cigaraficionado.com with edits from The Chic'

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Conventional Cigar Cutting Methods...

 

Double and single bladed cigar cutters, scissors and desk-top devices are designed to make a cut across the end of the cigar. These are generally the best options.

When you are using a single-bladed cutter, the cigar should be placed against the far side of the opening away from the blade and the blade brought down to touch the cigar before you make the cutting stroke. This keeps the cigar properly positioned, and prevents motion that might lead to tearing or to the cut happening in the wrong place. Once the cigar is in position, cut boldly, using swift, even pressure. A true aficionado cuts like a surgeon: quickly and confidently.

With single bladed cutters it's important to make sure the compartment that sheaths the blade doesn't fill up with bits of tobacco. This will gum up the works and impede quick, clean cuts. All cutters should be kept as sharp as possible. Note that it is more difficult to sharpen some of the smaller, more intricate cutters.

The advantage of double bladed cutters is that the cutting proceeds from both sides simultaneously. There is less chance that the cigar wrapper will be torn as it's pushed against a dull surface. Again, the technique is to rest the cigar against a blade before clicking the cutter shut.

Special cigar cutting scissors can make extremely clean cuts and are an elegant accessory, but they must be wielded with some care. The fit and balance of cigar scissors is important and as unique to an individual as those of golf clubs. Try a pair out before investing in them. They should balance easily in one hand so that you'll be able to hold them steady through the cutting motion while you hold a cigar in the other hand. If the handles and blades don't balance with each other when you hold them, the scissors aren't for you. Also, if the hinge is placed so that you cannot move your fingers without stretching past your hand's normal span, then try another pair.

It's worth investing in a good cutter. Remember that a bad cut will ruin a good cigar, and it doesn't take a lot of ruined cigars to add up to the cost of even a very elegant cutter.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar from cigaraficionado.com with edits from The Chic'

 

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CUTTING YOUR CIGAR

Watch the actors in old movies and you'll see that there are a host of ways to open the closed end of a cigar before smoking it. Some characters used a pocket knife to cut a neat V-shaped notch. Others used horseshoe nails as piercers. Certain film stars in tough-guy roles bit off the end and spat it out. Some people today still use these methods but, for the most part, cutting cigars has become a bit less colorful, and a bit more elegant.

The better the cigars you smoke, the more attention you'll want to pay to the cut. A bad cut will ruin a cigar.

The object of the cut is to create an ample, smooth opening for smoking without damaging the cigar's structure. With most cigars, this means cutting away part of the cap or flag leaf that closes the cigar, while leaving some of it glued around the end to keep the filler leaves together. If you are making a wedge cut or a bull's-eye cut, it means not penetrating too deeply into the cigar. You want to create a large, exposed surface of cleanly cut filler leaves that will allow equal draw from the core and the rim of the cigar.

On most cigars, you'll want to make the cut about one-sixteenth of an inch (about two millimeters) from the end. When you aren't carrying a precision measuring device, you can simply look for the shoulder--the place where the curved end of the cigar starts to straighten out--and make your cut there.

Another alternative is to make a V-shaped wedge cut in the end of the cigar. This style of cut exposes a lot of surface area and makes it easy to draw smoke through the cigar. Unfortunately, the draw is sometimes too good, and the cigar will smoke too hot. Wedge cuts are a particularly bad idea for people who tend to chew their cigars. If they chomp down hard enough while the wedge is horizontal, the opening may collapse and tear the structure of the cigar, closing off the draw.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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While both cutting and lighting of a cigar is a tool/hand exercise, it is also an experience to be enjoyed and anticipated. A cigar is a thing of beauty. Many are hand-made, often touched by over a 100 hands of various workers that offer you this cigar for your enjoyment.

Before you cut the cigar, take a minute to examine it. Note the color, shape, and texture. And especially take in the aroma! A good cigar has the aroma of the earth that it came from. The pleasure is not just in smoking the cigar.

 

The Guillotine Cut:

This style cutter surgically removes the cap leaving a small round opening. It can be in the form of a single-blade, double-blade, stationary model or scissor style. Typically, this is the easiest cut to master, but attention is required so as to not remove too much of the cap.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From emersonscigars.com with edits from The Chic'

 

V-cutters cut in a manner similar to single guillotine blades, but only create a notch in the cap of the cigar. In order for this type of cut to be done properly, the blades must be sharp.

Quality cutters are available from a variety of companies. For example, Xikar provides a great line of cutters that include a lifetime warranty. If the cutter begins to dull, XiKAR will either sharpen the blades or replace the cutter free of charge. Colibri also makes outstanding cutters that will provide an accurate cut every time. These cutters are great for avid cigar smokers who smoke on a daily basis.

The style of cutter used is totally up to the smoker. It’s all a matter of preference, some smokers will only use punch cutters, while others will only use double guillotine cutters. The important thing is that the smoker finds the type of cutter they enjoy the most. Knowing what makes a cigar and how to properly cut a cigar is just the first step to enjoying a cigar. Lighting the cigar is the next step and will be the subject of a future article.

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From emersonscigars.com with edits from The Chic'

 

The act of enjoying a cigar to is a path that is often filled with misconceptions and error. While it may seem easy to cut, light, and smoke a cigar, there are subtleties to the routine that can ensure a pleasant smoking experience. This post is the first in a series that will cover the basics of enjoying a cigar. The series will cover the basics of cutting, lighting, and smoking cigars, as well as proper storage of cigars. While it may seem elementary, performing these steps properly can make all the difference between liking a cigar and loving a cigar.

 

The first step to enjoying a cigar starts with knowing the anatomy of a cigar. Cigars are constructed of three basic parts; the filler, binder, and wrapper. The filler is the inner most, and largest, portion of the cigar, while the binder is the portion that holds all of the filler leaves together. These two parts combined form what is called a bunch. Once the bunch is constructed then the wrapper is placed on the cigar. The wrapper is considered to be the most important part of the cigar because it is the what the smoker sees and touches. Aside from enticing the smoker with its appearance, the wrapper also generates a majority of the cigar’s flavor. Once the cigar is constructed, it consists three main parts; the head, the body, and the foot. The head is the top of the cigar that is sealed with a cap; the body is the portion that will be smoked; and the foot is the bottom potion that will be ignited.

 

Cutting, which is the next step to enjoying a cigar, may seem like a simple act, but it is an act that people often perform incorrectly. A common mistake made by cigar smokers is cutting past the cap, into the head of a cigar. Cutting into the head of a cigar is a terrible mistake because it can often result in a cracked wrapper, which can lead to an uneven burn.

 

The easiest way to ensure that only the cap is removed is to place the cutter on a level surface, such as a table, place the head of the cigar into the cutter, and cut it. Cutting a cigar in this manner will ensure that only the cap is removed from the cigar.

 

If the cigar is a figurado, like a torpedo, then the table cutting method will not work. For these types of cigars there are two options. The head can either be cut straight across, or at an angle. Cutting the head straight across is a perfectly fine, but may result in resin build up, which can lead to a difficult draw and bitter taste. Cutting the cigar at an angle between 35 and 45 degrees will provide a larger surface area, which will provide an easier draw.

 

The quality and type of the cutter used on a cigar is also important to ensure a clean and even cut. Single guillotine cutters will cut from just one side of the head. As long as the blade is sharp it will provide a clean cut, once the blade begins to dull, the cutter runs the risk of crushing the cigar and cracking the wrapper. Double guillotine cutters and cigar scissors cut the cigar from both sides. These cutters have cresent shaped blades that will disperse the pressure evenly over the head better than a single guillotine cutter, which normally uses an angled blade.

 

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar

 

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The simplest way to achieve this precise cut is to place your cutter on a flat surface. Then place the cigar into the cutter till the cigar touches the flat surface underneath. Then without lifting the cigar or the cutter deliver the deathblow that dispatches the tip of the cigar. BOOM…. Perfect cut!!!! Enjoy!

 

Next is the punch cutter. What the punch does is bore a hole into the cigar to allow the smoke to flow through. If you are smoking a particularly long or fat cigar I suggest not using the punch, as the tar and acid will build up as you smoke and cause a distinct alteration of flavor. Also, the punch will not work on a cigar that comes to a point at the end such as a torpedo or pyramid shaped cigar. The execution of the punch is quite simple. Center the circular blade on the cap and then rotate while applying even pressure until the blade disappears into the head of the cigar. Make sure you go down deeper than just the surface leaf in order to obtain a good even draw and a clean cut. That’s it. Your cigar is ready to smoke.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Torpedo Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Torpedo Cigar

 

From helium.com by Neal Wollenberg with edits from The Chic'

 

How to Cut a Torpedo Cigar

For many cigar aficionados, cutting the cigar is nearly an art form within the ritual of cigar etiquette. On the torpedo shaped cigar how much to cut off of the head is a personal decision based upon the amount of draw and very possibly how much flavor concentration you are interested in. Unlike a round cigar, the torpedo cigar requires a slight variation on how and where it should be cut. There is also a variation on the cut that can be used to get the maximum draw area. The following explanation will help you learn how to cut the torpedo cigar.

After you have selected a torpedo cigar one of the most important items you'll need is a cutter. Cigar smokers everywhere swear by one type of cutter or another and that is a debate for another article at. There are tools, though, that this tutorial does not recommend such as standard scissors, knives or teeth. Cutting a cigar is a precise act and a flawed cut could result in the dissatisfaction of a ruined cigar. For this explanation the tool used is a standard guillotine cutter.

The next step is to identify where the bottom edge (capline) of the cap is on the head. In general, you will not want to cut below the cap. Many cigar smokers will moisten the cap first in order to make an easier cut. This, too, is a personal preference and can be done with your lips or an adult beverage of your choice.

For a straight cut insert the head of the cigar into the opening of the guillotine cutter so that you are cutting somewhere above the capline. If you cut below the capline there is a possibility that your cigar's wrapper will unravel. How much you cut will depend on what type of draw you are wanting. It's always easier to begin by cutting off less of the cap. Simply put, you can't replace what you've cut off.

Once you've inserted the cigar into the guillotine slowly close the blades so that they rest gently on the cigar. This will help you guide the cut more accurately and give you a visual idea of about where the cut will be. Next, cut the cigar with a forceful and quick cut. Gently blow on the head of the cigar to clear debris and test the draw. If the draw is too tight, repeat this method cutting small amounts from the cigar until you find the amount of draw you're comfortable with.

A slight variation, The Dick Cut or The Joe Dickman Cut Named after Joe Dickman, a Fuente-Newman West Coast sales representative, the Dick Cut alters the cut on a torpedo cigar for maximum draw and flavor. This particular cut allows for the most surface area and depending on how you smoke it can direct the smoke either to the palate or the roof of the mouth. It's fairly simple to accomplish. Using the same method as outlined above for cutting a torpedo cigar, adjust your guillotine cutter so that it rests at a 45-degree angle on the cigar's head. Make sure to stay above the capline, though, and don't cut at a sharper angle as you may end up lopping off too much of the head and unraveling the wrapper. Next, make the cut in the same manner as explained above. You've just cut your cigar using the "Dick Cut".

Now, sit back, light up, puff away and enjoy!

 

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How To Properly Cut A Cigar

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From stogieguys,com with edits from The Chic'

 

How To Properly Cut A Cigar

 

While enjoying a fine stogie is certainly more of an art than a science, there a few essential skills you should master in order to get the most out of the experience. While much of what makes cigars so great is the relaxed, ceremonial nature of smoking, when it comes to cutting your cigar, that artistry takes a back seat to function. The goal is simple: a cut that best allows you to enjoy the cigar.

The cut that is best will enhance the flavors of the cigar by regulating the draw and appropriately focusing the flavors on your palette.

It’s worth pointing out that when it comes to cigar cutting, there are many different tools. Some people use specially-crafted cigar scissors, some use a sharp knife, a cigar punch, a V-cutter—some even use their teeth. But the most common tool, by far, is the guillotine-style cigar cutter, which comes in both the one blade (single) and two blade (double) varieties.

Here are a few general tips on deciding what tool to use:


● Cigar scissors are quite elegant, but tend to require a bit more skill and precision than other cutters. Also, while a dull blade hurts any cutter, scissors become particularly difficult if the blades aren’t ideally sharp and calibrated.

● Guillotines are the most popular cigar cutters with good reason. They are easy to use and are the most versatile. A double blade guillotine will usually prevent the pinching and tearing that can occur with a single blade cutter. Also remember to use firm, consistent pressure to get a clean cut.

● V-cutters can be perfect for cigars with small ring gauges, since they increase the surface area of the cut.

● Punch cutters are ideal for stogies with tightly-packed fillers because they can ease the draw, but a punch cutter is almost useless on a belicoso.

● If you find yourself without a cutting tool, skip your teeth and use your fingernail. A relatively precise cut can be made on non-torpedo cigars by using your nail to slice a circle in the wrapper and binder, which can then be lifted off to expose the filler.

● Knives are rarely a good idea, but if you are going to use one, use it to cut like you would your fingernail (see above).

 

Where to place your cut is another variable in the science of cigar cutting. With a guillotine cutter, take the head of the cigar (that’s the uncut end) and position it so the blade will enter the stogie just above the shoulder (where the cigar stops being round). If you’re planning to smoke a torpedo, a good rule of thumb is to slice off about half an inch, but it really depends on how much you want to focus the smoke with a smaller cut, versus how large you need the cut to have a draw that isn’t difficult.

Finally, remember to try out different cutters. While a cutter can’t actually improve a cigar, the cut can either bring out the best of a cigar or ruin it.

 

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How to properly cut a cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From cigarone.com with edits from The Chic'

 

A cigar should be cut just above the cap line, right before the curved end of the cigar starts to straighten out.

 

The objective is to create an aperture that ensures a smooth opening for smoking without damaging the structure. A double or single bladed cutter, a special cigar scissor or a punch cutter with a circular blade are all different styles of cigar cutters.

 

The Pierce: A simple small hole punched in the end of the cigar. It keeps the "head" firm but may produce a sharp "bite" as the intense jet of smoke hits the tongue.

 

The Guillotine Cut: A straight-across slice with a razor-sharp cutter, it provides a clean, open drawing area and disperses the smoke to avoid "bite".

 

The "V" Cut: The "V Cut" provides ample area for proper air circulation, yet keeps bitter tars down at the deep end of the "V" and away from your tongue.

 

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How To Cut A Cigar - Cigar Scissors

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How To Cut A Cigar - Scissor Cigar Cutter...

 

Cigar scissors normally come with wide handles that are specially created to take on large cigars. Just like a double blade cutter, the cigar scissors cut off the cap of the cigar and are designed to do so with effortless precision.


Pros: Come in very compact styles that are functional but also elegant.

Cons: Must purchase a surgical-quality stainless steel model to ensure a good cut.

 

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How To Cut A Cigar - The Guillotine or Traditional Cutter

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How To Cut A Cigar - The Guillotine Cigar Cutter...

 

Cigar Cutter - The "Guillotine" or "Traditional" Cut


This cutter is perhaps the most popular as it allows for quick and easy snipping. The guillotine cut creates a straight slice across the cigars cap line and should create an even draw, which should create an even burn. The only drawback is that residue and tar from the burning tobacco will come in direct contact with the smoker's mouth.

 

Single Blade Cutter

 

A single blade cutter designed to cut off the cap. Most will cut up to 54 ring cigars.

 

Pros: Very affordable.

 

Cons: Cutting cigar in one quick, strong movement is a must.

 

 

Double Blade Cutter

 

The same concept as the guillotine, but the two blades provide a more precise and even cut. You will also need to cut with determination and force with a double-blade to ensure you don't get tears. More advanced double-blade cutters have a spring mechanism that ensures a clean cut every time.

 

Pros: Cuts just about any shape cigar, including Figurado shapes like Torpedo.

 

Cons: To prevent unraveling, be sure not to cut below the cap.

 

Tip: Never cut just at the limit of the cap or lower or you'll risk tearing the wrapper; you only have to cut off enough so you can see the filler.


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How to Punch Holes in Small Cigars

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Smoking a cigar is a more complicated process than smoking a cigarette. Whereas the cigarette only needs to be lit to be smoked, a cigar has not to be opened at the head to allow for air flow. There are a number of different ways to open the cigar, and different smokers have different preferences. Although cigar cutters are often used, cigar hole punchers are an alternative. Although small cigars can be opened the same way as larger cigars, greater care needs to be exercised.

 

Apply the hole punch to the middle of the head of your cigar.

 

Gently poke the hole punch tip into the head by twisting it in towards the head until it breaks through. Many cigar smokers find that a hole punch leaves an opening that is too small to properly smoke a cigar. If you find that the hole is too small, you can expand it using the hole punch.

 

Insert the hole punch several more times around the first hole to increase the size of the smoking passage. Since smaller cigars have less surface area at the head than large cigars, be careful when expanding the hole not to tear the whole head off, as you would if cutting the cigar.

 

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How to Cut a Cigar

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How to Cut a Cigar With a Knife

 

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Cutting a cigar with a knife can take some practice and skill. Unlike precise cigar-cutting instruments like guillotine cutters or scissors, a knife uses a single blade to remove the cigar's end or cap. Using a knife can also take more hand dexterity. Cutting a cigar inefficiently can cause the wrapper to come apart and lose tobacco. This may ruin the cigar. Cutting a cigar with a knife should be performed with caution to avoid injury to the cigar and yourself.

 

Hold a knife with one hand and a cigar with the other. Hold the knife so it is parallel to the floor and the blade is facing toward you. The length of the cigar should be perpendicular to the floor with the cap facing up.

 

Place the knife on or near the cap of the cigar where you would like to make the cut.

 

Turn the cigar against the blade of the knife for one complete rotation. Make sure the knife and cigar are very steady. The thumb of the hand holding the knife may be used for stabilization near the side of the cigar. Use caution to avoid cutting yourself.

 

Remove any rough edges by continuing to rotate the cigar against the knife blade.

 

Tips:

 

On most cigars, make the knife cut about two millimeters from the end. You can also make your cut on the shoulder--the place where the curved end of the cigar starts to straighten out.

 

Having a sharp knife will make the cutting process easier.

 

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Cutting and Lighting | Newbie Corner | Cigar Aficionado

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar from cigaraficionado.com with edits from The Chic'

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Cutting Tools

There are a number of devices that will help you cut your cigar in a single, swift motion that minimizes the chances of tearing the wrapper. Many aficionados have several cutters, from compact wafer-thin cutters that nestle in a pocket to more massive cutters that are less likely to be misplaced.

 

Suggested strategy: buy yourself your first cutter and drop gift hints for the rest. Engraved initials make sure that valuable cutters find their way back to you after they have been borrowed.

 

Of course, you already have a set of cutters: your teeth. But there are a few drawbacks to the biting method. First, it's hard to see what you're doing. Second, your teeth aren't as sharp as a cutter's razor blade. And third, you end up with an unsightly wad of tobacco in your mouth.

 

Knives, on the other hand, are easy to keep sharp. But it takes great skill and very steady eyes and hands to cut cigars properly with a knife. If you do choose this method, you'll want to avoid cleansing your pocketknife with oils, which may pollute your cigar.

 

Piercers, sometimes called lances, are intriguing, but hard to use. If a cigar is pierced too deeply, a tunnel may form that causes the center of the cigar to burn too hot. Moreover, the area opened by piercing has two drawbacks: 1) the smoker may not get the even draw that would give him or her the full benefit of all the different leaves blended into the bunch in the cigar; 2) since tars and nicotine tend to accumulate at the openings that channel the smoke, the small hole produced by a piercer will likely concentrate these nasty substances even further, sending more of them into the smoker's mouth and air passages.

 

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From stagtobacconist.com with edits from The Chic'

While both cutting and lighting of a cigar is a tool/hand exercise, it is also an experience to be enjoyed and anticipated. A cigar is a thing of beauty. Many are hand-made, often touched by over a 100 hands of various workers that offer you this cigar for your enjoyment.

Before you cut the cigar, take a minute to examine it. Note the color, shape, and texture. And especially take in the aroma! A good cigar has the aroma of the earth that it came from. The pleasure is not just in smoking the cigar.

 

The “V” Cut:

The cutter slices a v-shaped groove across the cap. To execute properly, the user needs a shape cutter and a steady hand since the possibility of damaging the cap is high if not done correctly. In some situations, the cap end can unravel and expand.

Whatever method is employed, the quality of the cutter is very important! Inexpensive cutters are not cost effective, since the quality of the blade is typically not for long-term use. The blades will quickly dull, and the cut on the cigar uneven and jagged. The cost of a good-quality cutter is money well spent.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From stagtobacconist.com with edits from The Chic'

 

While both cutting and lighting of a cigar is a tool/hand exercise, it is also an experience to be enjoyed and anticipated. A cigar is a thing of beauty. Many are hand-made, often touched by over a 100 hands of various workers that offer you this cigar for your enjoyment.

Before you cut the cigar, take a minute to examine it. Note the color, shape, and texture. And especially take in the aroma! A good cigar has the aroma of the earth that it came from. The pleasure is not just in smoking the cigar.

 

A PROPER CUT

A cigar should be cut so as to just remove the very top of the cap – typically two layers of tobacco leaf. The objective is to remove just enough of the cap to produce an easy draw while smoking without damaging the wrapper where it meets the cap. A good cut will still have a slight dome between the cap and the side of the cigar.

Cigar cutters come in a number of different models, including single and double-blade, punch and scissor-style. Each has a following, and they will all claim that their way is the best. The “best” cut is one that you are comfortable with and can execute easily and consistently.

 

The Punch:

A simple small hole is punched in the cap of the cigar. This type of cut tends to cause the least damage to the cap. Punches are offered with different size holes to accommodate different cigar ring gauges. The punch style cutter is not practical on some cigar shapes such as torpedoes, bellicose and figurado.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From emersonscigars.com with edits from The Chic'

 

Aside from guillotine cutters and cigar scissors, which remove the entire cap, punch cutters and v-cutters only remove a portion of the cap. When using a punch cutter it is important to consider the ring gauge of the cigar. If the ring gauge around 54-60 it is best to use a larger punch (9mm) to ensure a great draw. If the cigar has a smaller ring guage it is best to use a smaller punch (7mm). The quality of the punch cutter is also very important.

 

If the blade of the punch cutter is dull then it runs the risk of cracking the wrapper of the cigar. When using a punch cutter it is important to remember to rotate the cutter while putting pressure on the cap. Using a punch cutter in this manner creates a sawing motion that cuts into the cap and puts less pressure on the cigar.

 

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar with a "Wedge" or "V" Cut.

 

From stickreview.com with edits from The Chic'

 

The wedge or ‘V’ cut is the least common technique but is preferred by some as it combines the best qualities of the previous two. The wedge is a V shaped blade encased in a unit similar to a single blade guillotine style cutter. It takes a notch out of the cap of the cigar. This preserves the head of the cigar for the most part and creates an opening larger than that of the punch. The biggest reason I dislike the V is the same reason I dislike the single blade guillotine. The cut is only coming from one side of the cigar often resulting in a mangled head of the cigar if the blade isn’t amply sharp and the appropriate, even pressure is not consistently applied throughout the cutting process.

 

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar

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How To Properly Cut a Cigar

 

From stickreview.com and Smoker X with edits from The Chic'

 

I was enjoying a smoke with a friend at a cigar bar the other day when a couple of college kids came in. Their boisterous nature made it difficult for me not to eavesdrop a bit as one of them proceeded to wax poetic to his “less cigar savvy” friends about the “oily wrapper” and “medium bodied flavor” of the smokes he had selected for them all to enjoy. Then he cut his cigar and any credibility he may have had as a connoisseur of the brown leaf went right out the window as he proceeded to cut the entire head off of the cigar. It was then that I was reminded how few people know how to properly cut and light a cigar as these things are as important to enjoying a cigar as picking out the right stick or maintaining the proper humidity in your humidor but in the whirlwind of marketing buzzwords like “Cuban Seed” and 100% Dominican” it is an element of the ritual of the smoke that is rarely addressed.

Much like a “good sit in a comfortable chair” (to paraphrase Mr. Burns from The Simpsons) a cigar is the great equalizer of men. From the most powerful of kings to the lowliest laborer a cigar can provide much needed relaxation after a taxing day. However if you are simply flicking a bic you are cheating yourself out of the ceremony that should be celebrated as you prepare to consume your smoke.

First off is the cutting of your cigar. There are three major methods to cutting a cigar, the guillotine, the punch and the ‘V’ cut. There is also what I have coined “The Hannibal Smith Technique” which should only be used as a last resort and as a post 9/11 frequent flier whom has had his cutter confiscated more than once by airport security I have mastered. It consists of using your front teeth to work your way around the head of the cigar perforating the cap and removing a small circular piece of the leaf that you should then promptly spit on the ground, preferably the ground of the office of a local thug who is trying to muscle two young, well endowed sisters out of the small soda factory their now deceased father started. Hence the A-Team inspired moniker for this method.

 

But of the three more acceptable methods for cutting a cigar first is the guillotine. These come in two basic configurations. Single and double bladed cutters. The first of these configurations has no business existing. The single blade will tear the head of the cigar and cause you nothing but headaches. The double blade cutter has two pieces of self sharpening surgical grade steal that converge of the cap of your cigar from both ends giving you an even cut.

The guillotine cut requires the most user skill of the three methods as the smoker needs to gauge exactly how much of the cap to cut off. Now first off lets backtrack a second and explain what I mean by “cap” The rounded end of the cigar is called the head, the piece of leaf that covers the head f the cigar is called the cap and the end you light is called the foot. If you examine the head you will notice a distinct seam along it. This is the base of the cap and the purpose of the cap is to hold the wrapper leaf in place. If you cut too far down you will render this useless and may experience problems with your cigar unraveling during consumption. Only the very tip of the cap should be severed during the cutting process. Once cut the head of the cigar should still have a distinct tapered look to it. The same rule goes for a torpedo or pyramid shaped cigar.

 

Stay tuned as we cover the ceremony of "The Cut"

 

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How to Properly Cut a Torpedo Cigar

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How to Properly Cut a Torpedo Cigar

 

From ehow.com with edits from The Chic'

 

Determine the tool you'll use to cut the cigar. The best cigar-cutting tool for precision is a pair of cigar scissors, which are probably the most difficult to use at first. They are scissors with curved shears that can cut a perfect circle on a cigar.

 

You can also choose to use a variety of cigar cutters. The most popular and easiest to use cutter is the guillotine cutter. The pluck cutter and the V cutter are two other types, but these may destroy your cigar if used incorrectly.

 

Find the area where you want to cut the cigar. With the torpedo cigar, you want to aim for the part of the head that comes right before the shoulder, which is the part of the cigar where the curve of the head begins. Generally, you'll cut the cigar about 1 inch from the tip of the head, but, depending on the quality of the cigar and how it was rolled and stuffed, you may have to cut it a bit closer to or farther from the tip of the head.

 

Align your cigar cutter at about the 1-inch mark, ensuring that you're cutting it straight and not at an angle. Snip the head. If you've done it correctly, there shouldn't be any filling spilling out of the end of the cigar.

 

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How to Properly Cut a Cigar

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From neptunecigar.com with edits from The Chic'

 

How to Properly Cut a Cigar

 

Here are three easy steps to cut your cigar like a pro:

1. Get a quality cigar cutter. If you don’t have the appropriate tools or don’t cut where you are supposed to your wrapper will unravel and it may be bothersome while you smoke. It is essential that the cut be clear and regular.

2. Closely look at the head of the cigar (the part that is covered and that you are supposed to put in your mouth). You will see the cap, which is a round piece of tobacco that is glued to the head to keep the wrapper together. Make sure you see where the cap ends, which is marked by a distinct line.

3. Cut just before the cap leaving 3-4 mm to avoid tearing the wrapper. (Tip: On figurados, just cut off enough so you can see the filler.) To get the best results, try cutting in one quick, strong movement. If you are using a bullet punch cutter, all you need to do is insert the punch on the head of the cigar to cleanly cut a small hole. If you prefer lots of smoke, you just need to insert the punch several times at slightly different places of the cap to cut a bigger hole. You can conveniently carry your bullet punch cutter around using the key ring attachment, but, alas, you cannot use this type of cutter on Figurado shapes.

Now all you need to do is put the cigar in your mouth, and light it…

 

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How to Cut a Cigar

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From howtosmokeacigar.com with edits from The Chic'

 

First, it is very important to make a clean cut so ensure you have a quality cigar cutter. A clean cut made with the right tools and in the right place will decrease your chances of having the cigar unravel, which may make for an unpleasant smoke. A clear and regular cut is key.

 

At the head of the cigar (the covered end that goes in your mouth), you will see the cap, which is a round piece of tobacco that is glued to the head to keep the wrapper together. This cap is put on the head of the cigar during the hand-rolling process to keep it from unraveling and drying out. You should see a distinct line where the cap ends.

 

You only want to remove the outer layer of wrapper, not cut off a centimeter of tobacco. To ensure a clean cut and to avoid tearing the wrapper, cut just before the cap leaving 3-4 mm. (Tip: On figurados, just cut off enough so you can see the filler.) For the best results, try making one quick, strong movement. Tip: For bullet punch cutters, insert the punch on the head of the cigar to cleanly cut a small hole. If you prefer lots of smoke, you’ll want to cut a bigger hole so you would need to punch several times in that area of the cap. Bullet punch cutters are popular because of their key ring accessibility, but unfortunately, they will not work on Figurado’s.

 

The key to a good cigar cut is to be quick and precise. Find your mark and clip it quickly. Using a good quality cutter and cutting quickly will give you the best advantage. Also ensure the blades are sharp so that there is no tearing involved. Cutting your cigar correctly means you will have a better tasting smoke.

 

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How To Cut A Cigar - The V-Cutter

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From howtocutacigar.com with edits from The Chic'

 

How To Cut A Cigar - The V-Cutter Cigar Cutter...

 

Cigar Cutter - The V-Cutter


The V cutter creates a wedge-shaped cut in the cigars cap with a simple squeezing motion. The V-cutter allows proper air circulation to occur for a more pleasant smoking experience. The smokes tar and residue accumulate on the sides of the wedge keeping the bitter taste away from the smoker's mouth. One drawback is that the unique design and shape of this cutter make keeping the blades sharp more difficult.

 

Pros: Great for smaller cigars and provides more smoking surface than the punch.

 

Cons: Will need a good-quality V-Cutter for the cleanest cut.

 

 

Tip: Never cut just at the limit of the cap or lower or you'll risk tearing the wrapper; you only have to cut off enough so you can see the filler.

 

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How To Cut A Cigar - The Bullet/Punch Cutter

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From howtocutacigar.com with edits from The Chic'

 

How To Cut A Cigar - The Bullet/Punch Cigar Cutter...

 

A bullet cutter is perfect for those who need a more accessible cigar cutter. They are easily attached to your key ring and are great for those who want to punch a hole instead of the more traditional slice. The Bullet or Punch cut will pierce a small hole into the cigars cap. Depending on the diameter of the cutter, air circulation may be restricted and the smokes tar and residue can accumulate around the opening. After cutting, place the cap back on the cutter and a convenient built-in plunger will clear off any tobacco from the blades.

The punch cutter will cleanly cut a small hole on the head of the cigar. To cut a bigger hole, you just need to insert the punch several times at different places of the cap until you get the desired width.

Pros: Convenient key ring attachment and easy-to use

Cons: Will not work on Figurado shapes and they are not designed for large (50+) ring cigars.

 

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Using a Cigar Punch to Cut your Cigar

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A cigar punch cutter removes a small piece of the end or the cap of a cigar and leaves a small hole in the end of the cigar. This hole allows the smoker to inhale through the cigar. Cigar punch cutters come in a variety of styles. Some cigar punch cutters are built into cigar lighters and some punch cutters are designed to fit on key chains.

 

Remove the cap on your cigar punch cutter. You may have to expose the blade of the cigar punch cutter by twisting the body of the cutter or by depressing the plunger, depending on the style of cigar punch cutter you are using.

 

Hold the cigar in one hand and your cigar punch cutter in your other hand. Insert the blade of the cigar punch into the center of the end or cap of the cigar. As you insert the punch using gentle pressure, rotate the cigar.

 

The removed end of the cigar will remain in your cigar punch cutter. Eject the cap by twisting the body of the cutter or by returning the plunger. Some cigar punch cutter's have an eject feature to remove the cap. Discard the cap and you are ready to punch your next cigar.

 

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