So much about your cigar experience will depend on your cut. It’s where you start your smoking ritual, so you want to make sure the cut you’re getting sets you up for a great experience. Trying use a low-grade cutter can leave you with a mess on your hands. You need something quality to make sure you’re getting the most out of your cigars and there’s more than one way to do that. Below we highlight the array of different cutters, varying in style and purpose.
Straight cut guillotine cutters are one of the most popular cutters you’ll find on the market, and with good reason. A guillotine cutter, especially a double blade version, all but guarantees a clean cut every time you use it simply by cutting the cigar from both sides simultaneously. In one fell swoop, you easily can cut the cap off of your stogie. The Xikar XO Double Guillotine Cutter is a great example of a cutter that guides you to the perfect cut. Being spring loaded, you won’t have to put too much effort into it either.
Not all cuts actually require you to remove the whole cap. A punch cut (or bullet punch) works by cutting a small hole at the top of the cap, leaving most of the cigar intact. You’ll also find less tobacco flakes in your mouth than you would with other cuts. Punch-cuts are a matter of preference, with some smokers feeling like the small hole makes it a bit tighter to pull from. But one thing’s for sure – these cutters have style. Centerfire Creation’s Bullet Cigar Punch is designed out of a 308 Winchester brass cases and cleans itself automatically. It makes for a sleek and clean “cut” and, well, it just looks so cool.
Another benefit of not cutting off the whole cap is getting more flavor of the cigar. If the tightness of the punch-cut isn’t to your liking, a v-cut may be just what you’re looking for. While v-cutters may look similar to guillotine cutters, they don’t function entirely the same way. Instead of removing the cap or punching a whole, the v-cutter takes out a wedge from the cap of your cigar. It allows you the retain more flavor and breadth of the cigar without having to struggle to pull it out. You shouldn’t buy any cheap cutter if you’re serious about your cigars, but you should especially not buy a cheap v-cutter. Poorly designed v-cutters can cut too deep and ruin all the benefits you should be getting from this style of cut. Instead, spring for something like the Colibri V-cut which will give you a smooth cut and allow you to reap all the benefits a v-cut can provide.
Let’s be clear here – don’t just go and grab a knife from your kitchen or pull out your pocket knife to cut your cigar. If you do, you’re basically guaranteeing that you’re going to damage the cigar and end up with a massive mess on your hands. However, it can be handy to have a cigar knife handy when you’re on the go. The difference between a regular knife and a cigar knife is all in how it’s constructed. Take a look at the Xikar 744 cigar knife. See how the handle has a circular hole in the middle of it? This is where you’ll place the cap of your cigar, then you push down on it from the knife. It’s a great tool to have in a pinch and a whole different animal than using a steak knife on a cutting board (seriously, please don’t do this).
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