You’ve got your humidor, your Stage V cigar clip and your ashtray, but to complete your collection of cigar accessories, you’ll need the proper cigar cutter. However, with the variety of cutters available, it can be tough to decide which one is best, and how to use it. Here’s a quick guide to fill you in on everything you need to know about cigar cutters:
What is a cigar cutter?
Let’s start with the basics: A cutter is essential for letting smoke and air pass through the cigar so that it can be properly smoked. Anyone who has smoked a cigar before knows that one bad cut can ruin the cigar.
What types of cigar cutters are out there?
Not all cigar cutters are created equal. The cutter that you choose, however, is largely based on preference.
If you prefer lots of smoke…
Try a guillotine - one of the most common types of cutters, which slices off the full cap of your cigar. This allows more smoke to be taken from the cigar itself. You can opt for a single or a double-bladed guillotine, with the double-bladed option typically offering a much cleaner cut. Many find the guillotine to be the most inexpensive option as well.
If you prefer precise cuts…
Opt for scissors. Typically made from quality stainless steel, scissors make it easy to create swift and precise cuts through your cigars. It’s important to keep the blades of your scissors nice and sharp, as dull scissors will only damage your cigar.
If you prefer mixed filler cigars…
Purchase a punch cutter. This particular tool is best for mixed filler cigars, as it significantly reduces the chances of tobacco ending up in your mouth while you’re smoking. A punch cutter will form a small hole in the cap of the cigar, allowing a very limited amount of smoke to pass through.
If you prefer small ring gauge cigars…
You’ll want to try a v-cutter. This tool makes a unique cut, slicing a notched hole right in the end of your cigar. The small opening it creates draws the smoke directly into the center of your mouth.
How do you cut your cigar?
Here are a few quick tips to ensure the perfect cut every time:
- Keep your cut to only about 1/8 inch. Cutting off too much will do more harm than good.
- Use a quick, swift motion to cut your cigar, being sure to apply even pressure to create a precise cut.
- Try out different cutters. By experimenting with different tools, you can figure out which cutter provides you with the best cigar smoking experience.