Cigar 101 - How To Cut Your Cigar

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Everyone has had their newbie moment when it comes to smoking cigars. The simplest task like cutting your cigar the right way can seem quite difficult at first. We’re here to help you out and make sure you’re cutting your stogie the right way.

First, you need to know that you cut the capped end of the cigar; this is where you draw from. Air won’t flow through properly if you don’t cut the cap enough, a bad cut could even damage your cigar and cause it to unravel. When cutting your cigar there are three basic types of cuts: straight cut (also known as guillotine or traditional cut), the V cut and the punch (or bullet).  

Double and single-bladed cutters are probably the most common cutters used when chopping your cigar. Single blades or guillotine cutters take a straight slice right across the cigars cap line. This is probably the easiest way to cut your cigar, and the best. Double bladed cutters cut the cap from both sides simultaneously. When using this cutter there is less chance of the cigar wrapper tearing. With both of these styles you’re guaranteed a well circulated draw when you use this type of cutter.

A punch cutter only cuts a small hole into the cigars cap. Punch cutters vary in size so depending on the diameter of the cutter, air circulation may vary. Some smokers find that a cigars draw is too tight when using a punch cutter, so it’s up to each smoker to choose which way they prefer. A punch cutter also allows fewer tobacco flakes when smoking a cigar.

V cutters create a wedge shape into the cigars cap and are another great way to cut your cigar. Because of their unique shape, it’s a bit more difficult to keep a V cutter sharp.

If you’re a regular cigar smoker it’s definitely worth investing in a good cutter. One bad cut will ruin your cigar so spending a few extra dollars on a quality cutter will pay off!

Last update: Jun 09, 2014

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