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KnowledgeBase --> Cigar Articles --> Cigar Cutting
Cigar Cutting

Cigar Cutting

Cutting your cigar in order to draw on it seems like a simple and straight forward task. The reality is that the actual cutting is fairly simple. It is the multitude of options for accessories and opinions of the perfect cut that make a seemingly simple task somewhat daunting. As with most things related to cigars, you can follow a few recommended guidelines but it all comes down to personal preference.

In general you typically want to cut an opening that is just smaller than the width of the cigar. It should be large enough to be able to draw comfortably on it. If not sure, it is better to err to the side of smaller cuts. If you find that it is not drawing well, and then re-cut. If the cigar has cap, then the cut should not extend below where it enters the cigar. When you have settled on where your cut will be, a quick decisive firm cut is better to produce a clean cut that does not fray the end. This is key so that you do not wind up with tobacco pieces in your mouth or a wrapper that unravels throughout the smoke.

Again, these are just guidelines. It really comes down to personal preference. Some people enjoy a smaller opening in their cigar in order to concentrate the flavor of the cigar. Other people prefer a larger opening in order to more easily draw on the cigar.

Cutting Accessories

Guillotine - This tend to be the most popular cut. It comes with either a single blade or dual blades that close down on the end of cigar providing a good draw and a clean cut. One with dual blades provides a cleaner cut that ones with a single blade. Because you have control of how far up the cigar you place the cut you can decide how large of an opening you want.

Punch, Bullet, or Bulls Eye - This cutter is a smaller cylindrical shaped cutter that is pushed into the end of the cigar. When pushed in and then removed, it leaves a hole in the end for which you can draw upon. A downside of this is that it does not allow you to change the size of a cut. However, they are come in various diameters and are smaller and easier to carry than the guillotine. You should use one with a diameter that is appropriate for the cigar you are smoking.

Scissors - This is similar to the dual bladed guillotine. As typical with a pair of scissors, you close to blades around the end of the cigar where you want to make the cut. These require a bit of practice to keep the blades aligned properly through the entire cut. A frequent complaint of the scissors is that they are not sharp enough to keep a clean cut.

V-Cut - This type of cutter has a V shaped blade that clips down on the end of the cigar. It leaves behind a deeper V shaped cut with the tip of the V protruding into the body of the cigar and the wide end of the V opening outward toward the end of the cigar where you draw from. This is another cutter that you cannot adjust the size of the opening. Because the opening is smaller than other cuts, it has a more concentrated smoke and can be harder to draw upon.

Pen Knife - This can really be any type of knife blade but a pen knife tends to be more popular because it is smaller and easier to handle. This requires you to cut by hand the type and size of cut you want. The flexibility allows you to create any type of cut you desire. The downside is that it requires a steady hand to create a good sharp cut that is not frayed.

The last of the tools that must be mentioned are your teeth or finger nails. As in many old classic movies, there is something very masculine about biting the end of the cigar off and spitting it away from you. Probably not something you can get away with in some settings. A finger or thumb nail can be used to carve through the wrapper and pull off the end of a cigar. As rudimentary as this sounds, this is the common method by the folks who roll the cigars.




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