Every occupation or hobby comes equipped with their trusty side arm. Every contractor has their hammer, every doctor has their stethoscope and every cigar smoker has their cutter. The cigar cutter has evolved to more of a useful piece of art then just some contraption you are forced to carry. Different designs, artwork and functionality has made the modern cigar cutter an integral part of the community. Let check out some of the coolest cigar cutters on the market.

                                                                               Colibri Quasar Desktop Cutter

2 years ago, Colibri teamed up with legendary humidor craftsman Daniel Marshal to create the Quasar humidor. This unique, futuristic humidor became a massive success, and Colibri wished to expand on their success. At the 2017 IPCPR, Colibri revealed their newest product, the Quasar desktop cutter. This beautiful, hefty cutter is crafted with the same unique body style as the humidor. It comes with both a straight cut and a v cut option. After cutting your cigar, you can then open the bottom tray to empty out all the cut ends of your cigars. This stunning cutter is perfect as an addition to any man cave or lounge.

                                                                                XIKAR VX2 V-CUT GUNMETAL

 No point in lying, I am a die hard Xikar fan. The only thing I found them lacking in was a great deep V cutter. That all changed this year with the release of the VX2. This stunning piece of equipment looks as good as it cuts. It provides a perfect, deep v-cut to your cigar, and it looks good doing it. While the Red seems to be a fan favorite, I can't get over how awesome the gun metal style looks.

                                                         COLIBRI V-CUT BLACK CARBON FIBER CIGAR CUTTER

 Speaking of awesome V-Cuts, take a look at the Colibri Carbon Fiber V. Colibri, in my mind, perfected the deep v cut, being one of the first to release this cutter with a deeper blade. A smooth cut that is sure to give you an absolutely perfect draw, this cutter has recently be redesigned using a carbon fiber body. This reinforced body strengthens the cutter as well as giving it an awesome, sparkly design. This is a perfect addition to any ones cutter collection.

                                                                                                   Xikar XO

 I don't think I have ever seen a cigar accessory get the kind of hype we saw with the XO. It doesn't give the cigar a unique cut, yet it is a unique cutter. Its round design and specially developed blades give this piece one of the sharpest and mist clean cuts I have ever seen. Its round style and visual gears give you an insight into the mechanics behind one of the most well made cutters in the world. I keep my XO on my at all times, as you should.

                                                                               XIKAR 3D MAYAN CIGAR CUTTER

 Have you ever seen a cutter like this before? The 3D Mayan is a heavy work of art that also cuts cigars, that's how I define it. While its cutting prowess is as effective as any Xikar cutter, it's the unique design that makes this something special. Its engraving uses Mayan artwork as its inspiration, and the 440 steel used in its blade is considered by some to be one of the sharpest in the world. I wouldn't classify this as an everyday cutter, but for the special occasion, there is none I would rather use.

    Puro Sabor has grown to be one of the definitive Cigar Festivals in the world. With such established and legendary brands as Padron, Drew Estate, Oliva an AJ Fernandez, Nicaragua has risen to be one of the premier cigar destinations. Several major manufacturers from other countries have begun to establish themselves in the Volcanic ash of Nicaragua. Davidoff has announced a factory there and legendary Honduran bend Christian Eiroa has several of his blends made at the NACSA Factory. This year's Puro Sabor festival had a major announcement that could have a major impact on the premium cigar market.

    Arturo Fuente was a legendary Tampa based cigar brand dating back to the early 20th century. Following the Cuban embargo, the Fuente family was no longer allowed to use Cuban tobacco and was forced to move their operation elsewhere. In the 1970s, they had established themselves in Nicaragua, and began to really move their brand around the east coast. Their factory was then destroyed during the Nicaraguan Civil War, and once again the Fuente family was without a home.

    It was then that they moved to their famous home in the Dominican Republic. For over three decades, Fuente has been synonymous with the Dominican Republic. The Opus X line was the first Dominican puro and has since become the most famous and sought after cigar in the world. The past few years have seen a lot of changes for the Fuentes, including the sad passing of the family patriarch Don Carlos Fuente. Last month, we saw one of the biggest changes in the family's history, and one of the most important announcements in the industry in quite some time.

    This year, Carlito announced that Arturo Fuente will be returning to Nicaragua. They will be building a factory in the heart of Esteli which they hope will be operational in the next few years. The factory has been named "Gran Fabrica de Tabacos La Bella y La Bestia", which translates to Beauty and the Beast. This signifies a big change in the industry. While Fuente will still be a majority Dominican manufacturer, by panting their flag in Nicaragua as well, they are subtly stating that they see the value in the country. The industry is slowing changing, and the Fuente family can see where the winds are blowing.

    The modern day cigar smoker is an amalgam of different personalities and styles. With the advent of the internet and the wealth of knowledge available to the average person, the cigar community has grown to more than just your typical, wealthy man. Companies such as Drew Estate, Tatuaje and Caldwell even aim their products at that certain young, hip, millennial demographic. However, for the fancy gentleman out there, there is no short of amazing cigars. If you wear a vest, cufflinks and prefer fine scotch over craft beer, this is the list for you. After months of rigorous testing, we have compiled a list of the top 5 cigars for the fine gentleman.

My Father

    Any aficionado would find themselves quite familiar with the My Father brand. Pepin Garcia and his family have become very prominent in the past decade, garnering several high ratings and being placed on the Top 25 Cigars of the Year list more times than I can remember. The original My Father release was crafted by Pepins son Jaime, in honor of this father. The cigar is as classy as they come, with a silky Habano wrapper and aged Nicaraguan filler, giving a smooth yet spicy profile. With its 90+ rating and its elegant wood box, the My Father will fit perfectly in your collection.

Montecristo #2

    What name carries more weight in the cigar community than Montecristo? It is the cigar of choice for the upper echelon, the elite. It is smooth, mellow and as well made a cigar you will ever find. It is hand crafted by the worlds finest cigar rollers, using aged Dominican tobaccos, and a smooth, flawless wrapper. The #2 torpedo is among the most well-known cigars in the world and can be found at every cigar bar and private club in the world.

Opus X Lost City

    The Opus X is known as the most sought after cigar in the world hands down. While in the current era, they have become slightly easier to find, there was a time when it was impossible to get your hands on this Fuente without some deep connections. Now, anyone who enjoys cigars has tried or heard of an Opus X, but the gentleman smoker may find themselves more drawn to this special edition. The Lost City is named after the Andy Garcia movie that filmed on location at the Fuente factory and has become even harder to find then the original. It is incredibly smooth, with a richer, nuttier profile then the original. The Lost City is a great, limited smoke to add to your collection.

Davidoff Millennium Series 

    When you think of Davidoff, you don't think of it as just a cigar company, you think of it as a lifestyle. It goes hand in hand with Bentley and Patek Phillipe. They are the cigars for the wealthy and the well connected. Their price may seem quite high, but when you smoke one you see where your money is going. Perfection is their only goal, and they come as close as anyone. The Millennium Serie is slightly stronger then their core line, but still maintains the signature smooth aroma. The ash is white and firm and the burn is flawless. If you want to smoke with the elite, there is almost no better option than Davidoff.

Padron Family Reserve 45 Year 

    There is no more storied cigar brand then Padron. They are the highest rated cigar company in the world and have been featured in the Top 10 Cigars of the year every year for over a decade. Among all of their lines, none has received more praise then the Family Reserve. These limited, yearly releases correspond to important dates in the history of the Padron family, including anniversary's and birthdays. The 45 Year was crafted to honor the 45th anniversary of the brand and uses a special blend of aged tobaccos to commemorate it. Each leaf is aged for at least 10 years, and it comes available in both a maduro and a natural. Both versions were named one of the best cigars of the year and were in the Top 2 in back to back years. This cigar epitomizes the gentleman: it is smooth, classy, modern yet traditional. It is everything you could want in a cigar and more.

Creating the ultimate smoking experience relies on a few crucial factors. Matching cigar shapes with their appropriate cut style is just as important as how the premium cigar is cut.

Before we jump into proper cutting techniques, aficionados need to identify what cigar shape they are going to smoke. (If you need a refresher on cigar measurements and vitolas, check this out) Parejos are the most popular type of cigar shapes, which are crafted with a rounded cap and a straight body. Common vitolas include Toro, Churchill, Lancero, Robusto and Corona. Cigars in the Figurado category are far less standard in their shapes and feature a pointed cap, like Torpedos, Belicosos and Pyramids.

The four most common methods of cutting a cigar are:
Guillotine Style: This style delivers a straight cut across the head of the cigar’s cap. When purchasing this type of cutter, aficionados will be met with two options, a single-blade and a double-blade. The less desirable single-blade version is not as efficient and tends to be manufactured with cheaper materials. If done properly, double-blade guillotine cutters offer a pristine, even straight cut. Both Xikar and Colibri have an excellent selection of guillotine cutters. Punch: Quite different from a straight cut, Punches create a circular hole in the cap of the cigar. Using a Punch on a smoke with a small ring-gauge or a Figurado’s pointed-cap is not recommended, as it will likely end up ruining the integrity of the cigar. Due to their petite size, Punches are easy to store and equally as easy to lose. To help avoid this dilemma, Xikar designed its top-quality Twist Punch to fit on a key ring, making it much more difficult to misplace. V-Cutter: When used correctly, V-Cuts can elevate a cigar from good to spectacular. Compared to other cuts, much more of the surface area is exposed resulting in a burst of flavorful smoke onto the taste buds with every draw. V-Cutters with a wide angle should not be used on smokes with a very small ring-gauge. Cigar Scissors: This type of cutting method is elegant and adaptable for most any type of cigar shape. In recent years, cigar manufacturers have been releasing bigger, bolder sizes. Unfortunately, Guillotine and V-Cutters are not always wide enough to accommodate the larger ring-gauges, but scissors can. The key to effectively using cigar scissors is to make sure the cap is not cut off, as the cigar will fall apart.

Once you have your premium cigar and desired cutting tool in hand, it’s time to make the perfect cut. Remember not to be over zealous with the amount you are chopping off, since you can’t add it back on.

When using a Guillotine cutter for a Parejo’s rounded cap, aim for where the curvature of the head begins to straighten, which is approximately a half-inch. Although slow and steady often wins the race, cutting a cigar in that manner can lead to ruining the cap and in turn, the entire cigar. Figurados rarely follow a standardized set of rules, so cutting techniques are as equally vague. Personal preference is largely at play since the goal with using a Guillotine on a Figurado is to expose enough of the filler to get a smooth, crisp draw.

To properly execute a Punch cut on a Parejo, press the bladed end against the center of the cap. With a light amount of pressure, gently rotate the cigar until the blade is roughly a half inch inside of the cap. Like oil and vinegar, Figurados and Punches do not mix. If the point is not too angled it may be possible to use a Punch without destroying the cigar, but use discretion.

V-Cuts create an angled divot in the center of the cap that complements both Parejos and Figurados. Place the Parejo’s rounded cap in the center of the V-Cut’s bowl and firmly press the blades together. Figurados can have pointed heads with a tiny diameter, so it is important to pay attention how far the cap is going into the center of the bowl. Instead of making a nice angled cut in your Torpedo, you could end up turning it into a Robusto.

The versatility of cigar scissors accommodates large and small ring gauges of Parejos and Figurados. Aficionados should make sure the blades on the scissors are adequately sharpened before cutting their cigar. Line up the scissors and cap to the desired length, make a light score around the cigar and firmly finish clipping it.

The experience of smoking a cigar is unique for every aficionado. Selecting the perfect blend, vitola and cutting technique relies heavily on personal preference and experimenting. With the never-ending influx of premium blends and top-quality cigar accessories, there is always something new to try here at SeriousCigars.com.

As aficionados get ready for the Big Game, we’ve compiled Top 5 List for the best cigars to enjoy during the highly anticipated match-up. Whether you are watching alone or with fellow fans, these premium cigars will make game day even more exciting and captivating than it already is!

1. La Flor Dominicana Cigars - Football Special Edition 2017:

La Flor Dominicana Football Special Edition 2017 is a Big Game Day essential. Last year’s edition flaunts an eye-catching football pattern, a uniquely angled foot and a luxurious medium to full body. The savory blend was designed to be a crowd pleaser with its ultra-premium tobacco arrangement and top-quality craftsmanship. Celebrate the most anticipated game of the year with the luxurious La Flor Dominicana Football Special Edition 2017!

2. Rocky Patel Cigars - Legends 52 Ray Lewis:
A collaboration between one of the best defensive players in football’s history and a renowned cigar industry titan resulted in the Rocky Patel Legends 52 Ray Lewis. This amazing blend is crafted with the finest premium tobaccos from five different countries, creating a well-balanced flavor profile and medium strength. Legends 52 Ray Lewis offers aficionados with a smoking experience almost as captivating as the Big Game!

3. AJ Fernandez - Last Call:
When the 4th quarter commences and seconds begin melting of the scoreboard, it is time to light up Last Call by AJ Fernandez. Before Last Call was added to the Portfolio Series, it was said to have been passed out at Fernandez’s Casa Blanca during the final quarter of football games. This premium smoke will wake you up with a full blast of flavor and strength, making it ideal for the last quarter of the very long game day.

4. Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Mi Querida:
A spectacular accompaniment to the Big Game for New England supporters is the Mi Querida by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. Hand-rolled with the best premium tobaccos, the rich smoke has a medium to full body. Founder Steve Saka is a New England native who has traveled the world learning from the industry’s top leaders, eventually becoming a cigar master in his own right. Mi Querida is the product of Saka’s unwavering dedication and patience, just like the region’s celebrated team.

5. Ashton Cigars - Symmetry:

For Philadelphia fans, there is no better way to watch the game then with the 93+ rated Ashton Symmetry. Not only is Philly home to one of this year’s top football teams, but it is also where Ashton Cigars was founded. On more than one occasion, the Symmetry has made Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year list due to the blends innovative, yet classic style. Whether you are hosting a party or just attending, lighting up an Ashton Symmetry is the perfect way to cheer your team on from home.

Montecristo is arguably one of the most well-known cigar brands in the history of the industry. The iconic brand is constantly releasing innovative premium blends with the same devotion to the highest quality standards that has helped it gain generations of loyal enthusiasts. That inventive spirit lead to a collaboration between the renowned Plasencia Family and Montecristo’s Grupo de Maestros, resulting in the luxurious Epic Craft Cured series. The Plasencia Family’s mastery of growing, aging, blending and flawlessly hand-rolling premium Nicaraguan tobacco is unrivaled, creating a truly remarkable smoking experience.

An unorthodox fermentation process marries together Plasencia’s superior craftsmanship and the versatile arrangement of tobaccos. Rather than fermenting each tobacco varietal in separate large pilones, the different tobaccos in Craft Cured are fermented together in smaller sized pilones. This process allows each distinguishing tobacco characteristics to intertwine and mesh together, resulting in an unparalleled aromatic bouquet and a luxurious array of textures.

Medium to full in strength, this decadent blend liberates palates from the status quo. The immaculate construction that Epic Craft Cured flaunts unapologetically is complements of the Plasencia Family’s factory in Estelí. With help from the Grupo de Maestros, the finest tobaccos from Nicaragua’s four growing regions were selected to create a rich, well-balanced flavor profile. Blending a cigar with tobaccos harvested from different parts of the same country might not sound special, but the unique geography of Nicaragua produces an incredibly complex smoke.

The filler is a medley of leaves from Estelí, Jalapa and Condega, which all bring different characteristics to the blend. Estelí adds distinct spiciness and potent strength, Jalapa infuses sweet aromas and delicate textures, while Condega melds the blended filler together with honey-like flavors and mineral undertones. Epic Craft Cured is furnished with a choice binder from the volcanic island of Ometempe, known for producing Nicaragua’s most prized and rare tobacco. A gorgeous, oily Nicaraguan Rosado Oscuro 2006 wrapper cloaks the cigar with an eye-catching reddish-brown hue.

Epic Craft Cured is the ultimate Nicaraguan puro and needs to be experienced by every true aficionado. Order yours online today at SeriousCigars.com and change your palate forever!

Although understanding cigar measurements and vitolas can seem a bit overwhelming and confusing, they are both crucial elements when selecting a cigar. Being able to distinguish between shapes and sizes enables aficionados to recognize the impact it will make on their overall smoking experience. The foundation begins with two basic concepts: the length and the diameter, known as the ring gauge.

The length is most commonly measured in inches, but aficionados may find the occasional odd-ball cigar that uses centimeters. Ring gauge is measured in 64ths of an inch, so the diameter of a smoke with a 64-ring gauge is an inch. For example, the dimensions of a premium cigar with a length of 5 inches and a 46-ring gauge is 5 x 46.

Feel free to put your calculator away since categorizing vitolas is much less technical and far more imprecise. Manufacturers construct cigars with their own size parameters, cap style and vitola names. Also, keep in mind that there are traditional Havana terms and non-Cuban names. The shape of a cigar has two general categories known as Parejos and Figurados, which both have underlying sub-categories. Designed with a straight-edged body and a classically rounded head, Parejos represent the standard cigar shape. Figurados are crafted in irregular shapes and tend to be more of a wild-card category for reasons we’ll delve into shortly.

A favorite Parejo shape is the Churchill, named after history’s most well-known aficionado, Winston Churchill. Generally, a standard Churchill is constructed with a 7-inch length and a ring gauge ranging from 47 to 54 (7 x 47 to 54). Due to the rounded head and meaty diameter, Churchills can be enjoyed with any type of cigar cut. Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour is a superb example of this iconic vitola. The longer, fuller shape of a Churchill enables the flavors to develop into a more complex profile further into the smoke. The science behind this attribute is that even though the tobaccos towards the head and center may not have an ember yet, they are influenced by the continuous heat.

Another popular Parejo shape is the Toro, known as a Double Robusto in Havana terms. Generally, the standard dimensions are 6 to 6.5 inches in length with a ring gauge between 50 and 54. A prime specimen of a classic Toro is the Montecristo Epic, which has 6 x 52 dimensions and holds up perfectly with any type of cut. The Toro size offers aficionados a luxurious, savory smoke that enables flavors and textures to mature evenly.

Aficionados should be on the lookout for Lanceros, a Parejo first developed in Cuba by Cohiba. Originally, the Lancero was only rolled for Fidel Castro, but quickly began building popularity among cigar enthusiasts. Savvy connoisseurs know that roughly 85% of a cigar’s flavor comes from the wrapper. By crafting a thinner smoke with less filler and binder tobaccos, the wrapper’s rich flavors become more pronounced, disproving the misnomer that bigger smokes are better. Measuring in at 7 x 40, the Liga Privada Unico Serie L40 Lancero by Drew Estate Cigars is a top-rated smoke that needs to be in the repertoire of anyone who considers themselves a true aficionado.

The Petit Corona is a tinier version of the traditional Parejo Corona shape. Typically, the dimensions for a Petit Corona ranges from 4.5 to 5 inches in length with a ring gauge between 38 and 42. The Rocky Patel Java Petit Corona flaunts a dainty size so the ideal cut would be a straight guillotine, as the ring gauge is too small to accommodate a punch and V-Cut.

The more diverse and less standardized Figurado category ranges from iconic shapes like the Torpedo to eye-catching designs like Culebra, which was developed for cigar factory’s torcedors. It is important to always remember that cigar companies have carte blanche when it comes to construction and naming the final product. For aficionados, this means that although a cigar might be labeled as a Pyramid, it could more closely resemble a Torpedo leading to some confusion.

An attribute unique to Torpedos is a sharply pointed tapered head that serves to centralize the draw. This often results in Torpedos concentrating a cigar’s flavor profile onto the taste buds and burning slower, however factors like craftsmanship and tobacco varieties may affect those characteristics. Typically, aficionados give Torpedos a straight guillotine cut or in some cases a V-cut. Some of the most recognizable cigars in the world are available as a Torpedo, such as the Montecristo No.2. For a more modern version of this shape, you should also check out the El Gueguense Torpedo by Foundation Cigars. Overall, Torpedos give blends a sophisticated appearance, while also siphoning the flavors directly onto the palate.    

Another member of the Figurado family is the Belicoso, which can also easily be mistaken for a Torpedo due to their similar appearances. A major telltale difference is the shorter length of a Belicoso. The other distinguishing attribute is the tapered head, which is historically more rounded in a Belicoso size. La Aroma de Cuba Belicoso is a great example of the traditionally accepted format of the elegant vitola.

Although understanding the breakdown of sizes and shapes is important in helping aficionados select the ideal smoke, it does not account for other crucial factors. The quality of tobacco and construction coupled with if a cigar was adequately humidified affects the flavor profile and smoking experience. The best way for aficionados to figure out their palate preferences is to experiment. Explore the amazing collection of blends available on SeriousCigars.com today and find your new favorite smoke. Be sure to join the email list to receive exclusive offers and special discounts!


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