Ah, the cigar cutter. The steak knife to your porterhouse, or the corkscrew to your vintage Bordeaux. It's more than just a flashy accessory, it's a necessity. No premium stogie can be enjoyed without being properly prepared. There's no shortage of means or tool to do so, which means you're sure to find the cut you most enjoy in any smoking environment. But the cut depends on the smoker. Some folks like a good, old-fashioned cut. Others prefer a v-cut, or perhaps classical connoisseur may even vie for an old-school scissor snip. There's simple, but effective means too, like a single hole cigar punch. But whichever the means, there's a right way to cut your cigar, and unfortunately, many wrong ways too. And if you should find yourself on the wrong end of a bad snip, there may be no coming back for your poor stogie.

Start off easy, and figure out what kind of pull do you most enjoy, as in how much flavor you want to draw at once. This is one method of gauging your cutter selection, a means based on conservation, flavor complexity and just sheer preference. You'll also want to try and accessorize with something that will fit your budget and your needs. There's also some outside factors that may contribute to your cut by default. For instance, if you're in the mood for a good old punch, you'll have to stray away from any Figurado-shaped stogies. If the punch isn't for you, and you're adamant about a cut, you may be limited to what's available, with there being an off-chance a larger-ringed stick being too big for a good amount of both economically-priced, and even high-end cutters out there.

So if you've made your choice and you're ready to go, this is where things can get a little… messier? It's time to get down to the nitty gritty and operate, and one wrong move could mean certain death for your premium smoke. Alright, maybe it's not that drastic, but you do need to be careful! Premium cigars are works of art, and more selfishly, they aren't cheap! So, if you're a newer cigar smoker, don't be wary of choosing a cigar cutter with some built-in hacks, or be shy to just ask for some help or assistance, to ensure a clean cut on your first go-round.

If you're going to brave the task on your own, here's a tip: 3-4mm's is about the standard setting for a good cut. If it's your first time, maybe try placing the cutter on a flat surface, and using it as a backboard for measurement. If you're using a punch, hold the cigar carefully while applying pressure to make sure the wrapper doesn't tear, and pop a second hold on larger smokes to create a fuller draw. That's it. It's rather simple once you get the hang of it, but there is a little finesse or technique that goes into the process.

What's that old metaphor? Like a Band-Aid. Like a breaking up with an ex, be sure to cut your cigar in one quick, painless motion. The key to a good cut is to be quick and decisive. Once you find your spot, you should not hesitate - just clip it. Quicker cuts tend to be cleaner cuts, however, you must have the right tool to do this well. The main feature of any cutter is that it be sharp, or at least they should be, because the sharper, the better.

If you opt to go with a double-guillotine cut, line up right and give it a quick, clean snap. Don't over think, and don't go too slow. The way you cut your cigar could have a serious effect on the wrapper, which could cause the leaf to tear or unravel before you even smoke it. For the classical aficionado, Surgical-grade scissors make a fine choice too. But remember, only the steel is surgical. It's not actual surgery, so don't get too fancy and go too deep. Maybe you like something a little more refined. If so, opt for the aforementioned cigar punch, or what's known as a 'v-cut.' These clean snips make for much more controlled, but enjoyable draw.

Whatever your preference, there's a device out there for you. They should be relatively easy to find. If you're looking for a device of your own, you can shop a great lineup right here. Brands like XIKAR are renowned for the quality and guarantees, but there's something to fit any style or budget. Just remember our guide, because a cutter is only as effective as the cuttee. Like a manual transmission, it only works if you know how to use it!


POSTED ON Mar 06, 2018

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