Learning how to smoke a cigar the right way includes learning how to cut it correctly. For experienced smokers, this is an important part of the ritual to prepare a premium cigar as a bad cut will ruin it. You have to cut the cigar to create an ample, smooth opening for smoking without damaging the cigar’s structure. With most cigars, this means cutting away part of the cap or flag leaf that closes the cigar – but you want to leave some of it glued around the end to keep the filler leaves together. The cut needs to be sharp and with a certain finesse. Investing in a good quality cigar cutter will get the job done and ensure you can focus on enjoying your cigar.
There’s different techniques to cutting a cigar; a V-shaped notch is typically made with a well sharpened pocket knife, a punch cut which creates a clean and circular opening in the head of the cigar and finally the classic straight cut. Now, some cowboys might claim that the only way to properly cut a cigar is to simply bite off the cap with your teeth… but we still suggest the gentleman way with a quality cigar cutter. We have found 10 great cigar cutters, all available on Amazon.
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Lotus Fury Cigar Cutter – Chrome & Black Matte
This spring loaded cigar cutter from Lotus comes with superb cutting ability and a limited lifetime warranty included. It looks futuristic, feels solid in your hand and comes with a brushed metal body and matte black finish. The stainless steel blades are capable of slicing through a 74 ring gauge cigar smoothly and a locking mechanism ensures you don’t cut off any fingers… unintentionally.
Colibri Cut Cigar Cutter
This beautiful Colibri cigar cutter features a double guillotine cutting mechanism with 440 stainless steel blades. It can handle a 62 ring gauge aperture for large cigars and comes with a spring-loaded release. The blades are color-coated with a non-stick, easy-to-clean lacquer. Ergonomic handles and a fine rubber coating ensures good grip and you also get a two-year warranty.
JIFENG Cigar Cutter
If you’re more into the antique bronze look and want to fit in between strong drinks, green tables and cards while wearing a silk-west and shiny leather shoes, this is the right cutter for you! It will cut a 58 ring gauge cigar with it’s self-sharpening stainless steel blades and it comes with a lifetime-warranty. The double-blade feature gives a super clean cut and ensures a better burn with less waste of good tobacco.
Xikar Big Easy Titanium Finish
Xikar is one of the largest brands when it comes to quality cigar cutters. They offer a wide variety of powerful cutters and ‘The Big Easy’ is known for its lightweight yet solid feel and a great grip thanks to its construction. The Big Easy cuts cigars with ring gauges up to 58 and the blades are made from HRC 57 stainless steel housed with ergonomic and teardrop-shaped body. This is a stealthy and stylish choice that gets the job done.
Xikar Ultra Cutter & Lighter
Most combo-sets with lighter and cigar cutter can look really clumsy and often they’re not even practical. The Xikar Ultra is a rare example of how this can actually be done with success. The cutter is kept in place onto the lighter by two small magnetic points and fits perfect when in place. It cuts cigars with ring gauges up to 56 and comes with a lifetime-warranty. Oh, and the lighter is with a classic pull back ignition system that of course shows you the fuel level.
Scorpion Desk Cigar Cutter
The Scorpion Desk Cigar Cutter is an impressive addition to any cigar accessory collection. It features four different cutters to get you the desired cut – no matter what type of cigar you’ve bought. With this classy desk-cutter you’ll get two straight guillotine cutters for 52 and 60 ring cigars, and two V-Cutters for ring gauges at 52 and 58. With this cutter you and your guests are covered! The blades are made of stainless steel and the overall dimensions are 6″ wide x 4″ high x 4″ deep.
Palio is well known for making cigar cutters with a remarkable sharpness. They are so sure of their quality that you get a lifetime warranty when you buy one of their cutters. This particular model is for the classic man who appreciates a more subtle and elegant design. A finger rest and contour shape makes it easy to handle 60 ring gauge cigars and you can choose from a variety of colors.
Xikar XO Double Guillotine Cutter
It’s inevitably to mention this legendary double guillotine cutter from Xikar in any top list of high quality cigar cutters! The Xikar XO features an ultra-sharp, rockwell-graded blade in a sleek, compact design that allows for high precision cuts of cigars that are up to a 64 ring gauge. The model even cuts the cap of 70RG cigars.
LUBINSKI Cigar Scissor
Scissors are one of the oldest tools for cutting cigars and even today it’s perceived as the more premium choice of ‘weapons’. Often made from high-grade steel, cigar scissors cut more efficiently. But, the downside is that there’s no hole to guide or rest the cigar which can make it harder to master a great. This is for a steady hand but once you master it, there’s nothing like a scissor to give you that high precision cut! The Lubinski scissor comes in 304 stainless steel and a solid simple construction. Watch your fingers on this one…
Colibri V-Cut Cigar Cutter
The v-shaped cut is said to bring new flavour profiles into the cigar experience. The Colibri V-Cut fits securely in your hand thanks to it’s contoured design. The single stainless steel blade is of course spring-loaded and designed to cut a deep angle penetrating 7mm into the cap. The V-Cut from Colibri handles large 60+ ring gauge cigars.
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