How to Choose a Cigar Cutter: A Deeper Look
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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The Puncture Option

The puncture cutter is one of the most well-rounded cutters on the market. It is both simple and effective, and you do not need to be a rocket scientist to use it. The vast majority of puncture cutters look like a bullet (some intentional, other not so much) and work by placing the blade against the head of the cigar and twisting. You will want to apply a slight bit of pressure, going in about a quarter of an inch.

This cutter type has several small drawbacks. The first is similar to the pinhole, in that you have to hold the cigar in one hand, and the cutter in the other. I am certain however that with a little time and patience, you can come up with a trick of your own to make this easier. The other draw back is that they do not always work on thinner cigars, and if the cigar is dry, it could very well ruin it, crumbling the end and then some.

On the other hand, the puncture cutter gives a nice openness to the head, while managing to leave it round. Here you will find a nice draw, like sipping a warm glass of iced tea, while still having the tactile sensation of the rounded head rolling around in your mouth.

Which Cutter is Right for Me?

So now you have read about the different types of cutters (and cuts you can make with them) that are available on the market and are asking yourself: which type is right for me. Unfortunately there is no simple answer for this – it is all a matter of preference and personal style. I do suggest, however, several things. First, whichever cutter you plan to use most often, ensure that it has a sharp blade, and that the blade is either replaceable by the manufacturer or able to be sharpened once it becomes dull. The second suggestion would be to have a cheap, straight cut option available, for situations when you are traveling and do not want your more expensive model confiscated, or in the even that say, a friend offers you a dried out cigar (we all can’t be cigar geniuses after all) and you want to remove the cap without worrying that it may crumble if you use your handy pinhole or puncture.

And lastly, keep in mind your personal style; cutters come in many shapes, colors, sizes, and material blends, so you are certain to find one that is right for you. And of course, experimentation is everything. Try every type of cutter with a variety of cigars, until you find the match that is right for you!


0 # Hot Stuff x 2009-01-20 10:19
Where's the link to the earlier articles? I missed them...:cry:

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:32
This is the second article in a series on choosing the right cutter for your cigar. In this one, I talk about the scissor cutter, the pinhole, and the puncture cut. I invite you to leave any comments or suggestions of your own, or to discuss your own experiences.

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:32
Hi Hot Stuff, you can find the first aricle in the series under Puff Lifestyle. Thanks for reading!

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0 # What about figurados?Tom Del Conte 2009-01-31 07:26
Thanks for a good article. Eventhough I've been smoking cigars for a long time I can still become somewhat intimidated with cutting the Figurado or Torpedo type cigar. Obviously you wouldn't use a bullet cutter but how far down do you make the cut using the other cutter styles? I still try to keep the cut without going below the cap but I've had various degrees of success (or lack of success, heck maybe even disastrous results) when cutting these. Also I've noticed that the opening of the tip of the cigar can greatly impact the taste and strength of the cigar. This happens also with the punch or bullet type cutter. The narrow opening can make the cigar a lot stronger than the blender had in mind when developing the cigar. What's your take on this?

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