How Do I Cut My Cigar?

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Everyone has their first time smoking a cigar, and we know it’s a magical time. Cutting a cigar really isn’t that difficult, but if you don’t cut your cigar the right way you could ruin the way your cigar smokes. We decided to break it down for you in a few easy steps so you are better prepared for your first cigar smoking experience.

First you need to select the correct end of the cigar to cut. The end of the cigar that goes in your mouth is called the “head” and that’s where you will need to make your cut. You will be able to see the head of the cigar because it has a cap on it, whereas the other side of the cigar, the foot, is flat. When using a guillotine cutter you cut only a portion of the cap off (just enough to show the insides). You’ll make your cut above the topmost line to avoid any unraveling of the wrapper. Guillotine cutters are the most popular however you have to be careful you don’t compromise the structure of the cigar when cutting.

Another tool used to cut cigars is the V-Cutter. V-cutters will give a V-shaped cut into the cigar providing a nice draw and you will have less of a chance of getting bits of tobacco in your mouth. V cutters also maintain the overall shape of the cigar as less of the cigar is getting cut.

Punch cutters are another popular cigar cutter and have a sharpened cylinder or “punch” that cuts the cigar. These cutters simply cut out a small hole in the cap of your cigar and are great for maintaining the cap and shape of the cigar. Punch cutters are easy to use and many punches come on key chains making them accessible at all times.

If you’re really in a bind you can also use your teeth to cut your cigar. While biting into your cigar might get you ridiculed at least this method is still an effective way of preparing your cigar. When using your teeth try to do cut the cigar the same way you would with a guillotine cutter biting around the cap a few times while rotating the cigar. We don’t encourage biting your cigar but if you find yourself without a cutter it definitely works.

To find the perfect cigar cutter visit our website! Let us know what type of cutter you prefer and why in the comments section below!

Last update: Jun 09, 2014

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