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

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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Using the Pinhole

Commonly known as a cigar drill, in thanks to its distinctive look, the pinhole cutter is a rather kitschy, somewhat popular tool (though not so easy to find) for opening your cigars. Its simplistic features (imagine, if you will, a cone shaped object with a drill bit sticking out of one end), make it a fan favorite, though its looks can be somewhat deceiving.

To use the device, you simply place the cigar tip into the cone and then rotate the screw. Sounds simple right? This action, to me, is one of the downsides to the pinhole cutter. For starters, you have to have a steady hand, as you will be holding the cigar in one hand, and turning the screw with the other, a feat more complicated than it sounds if you have shaky hands like me. 

The other turn-off for me is that it leaves a small hole (as wide as the screw, and going in about half an inch), which can oftentimes make for a difficult draw. Envision the whole thick, delicious milkshake and your Herculean efforts to take a sip and you’ll know what I mean.

Still, the pinhole cutter does leave the head of the cigar largely intact, making it less likely to unravel on 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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