Cigar cutters form part of a group of essential accessories of nearly all cigar smokers and connoisseurs. Understanding the basics about these cutters is important, since there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration.
Different cigars require a particular cut that is based on their shape, size, the type of filler tobacco and the actual preference of a smoker. To date, there are four distinct types of cuts that can be made to remove the cigar cap. Furthermore, the cutters available are actually distinguished by the type of cut that they produce.
Types of Cigar Cutters
Punch Cut Cigar Cutters: unlike the other cutters, the punch cut cigar cutter produces a hole in the cap for smoking, instead of removing the cap or a wedge of tobacco. This type of cigar cutter makes use of a circular blade for creating the hole. The 3 main types of punch cut cigars are the Havana punch, the Bullet punch and the Multi-punch.
The latter of the three types caters to many different cigar sizes, thanks to the presence of multiple punch holes of various sizes. The other two (Havana & Bullet) provide a single punch hole with the Havana cutter being a lot safer and more convenient to use in comparison to the Bullet cutter.
Wedge Cutters: these cutters make a “V” shape or wedge in the cigar, without actually removing the cap in its entirety. The depth of the wedge created is uniform and adequate, given the design of the cutter. Wedge cutters conserve the overall length of the cigar, with only an adequate opening provided by the cutting action.
Straight Cigar Cutters: these come fitted with either a single or a double blade; and as their names suggest, they produce a straight cut through the cap of the cigar, with the double blade straight cigar cutters being the more preferred of the two. These cutters are fairly inexpensive and user-friendly. Not to mention, their overall design facilitates portability without the danger of exposure to sharp parts.
Shuriken Cigar Cutter: this cutter is one of the latest versions introduced on the market and works well for cutting short filler cigars, thanks to its capsular design and the presence of 6 cutting blades inside of it.
The Right Way to Cut a Cigar
Cigar cutting requires a bit of skill and precision to master the art, without removing too much of the cigar cap. Most cigar smokers utilize the conventional straight cigar cutters to make a neat cut through the cap. Single-bladed cutters are utilized in such a way that the cigar is inserted on the side of the cutter that is further away from the cap.
Before actually proceeding to cut, the blade is positioned so that it touches the cigar; this action secures the cigar firmly so that it does not move while the cap is being cut. In addition, this prevents the cigar from tearing or receiving an uneven cut that can affect the way that you enjoy it. With the cigar firmly in place, an evenly distributed pressure should be applied to produce a very quick, sharp cut.
Before cutting with a single-bladed cigar cutter, all cigar residues from previous cigars must be removed from the cutter to ensure that there are no obstructions that can otherwise affect the outcome.
Unlike single-bladed cigar cutters, the double-bladed cutters are designed to make cigar cutting a lot faster and easier. Nevertheless, the common issue that must be taken into consideration is the positioning of the blades in direct contact with the cigar before making the cut. Many of the newer versions of cigar cutters are engineered in such a way that they require less effort and skillfulness to produce a decent cut.
An example of such innovative cutters is the Shuriken cigar cutter, which does most of the job in a concealed manner, with the cigar head buried deep inside the capsule of the cutter. Other versions, such as the Wedge cutters, add more precision to the conventional design, while eliminating the hassles of sacrificing too much of the cigar head.
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