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Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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A Guillotine CutterIn this article we are going to take a look at something that can make or break your experience with a good cigar. No matter if you are smoking a cheap stogie you picked up at a local convenience store, or a fine Cuban you procured on vacation, making the proper cut – and having the proper tools to do so – should be a priority on any smoker’s list. So come take a peek inside, where we will discuss the different methods and means of getting that perfect cut (and perfect smoke) every time.

The Art of Cutting Your Cigar

Like most things associated with cigar smoking, making a proper cut is a practiced art. That isn’t to say that it is particularly difficult, but knowing how to make the proper cut for a cigar does take a little forethought at first.

For starters, you will need to figure out how to prepare the head of your cigar. This is known as the cap, and virtually ever premium handmade cigar comes with a tobacco cap, typically cut from the same leaves that were used to wrap the cigar. You can either choose to cut this cap, or puncture it. But choose wisely – the way you prepare your cigar will decide whether your smoke is wet and falls to pieces, or if you wind up with a smooth, inviting burn.

The objective to keep in mind is that you want the cut to open up the tip of the cigar just enough for a thick and satisfactory draw, while being sure to leave the cigar as intact as humanly possible. You will want to feel a modicum of resistance when you take your puff, but not so much that it seems like a lot of work. The key is to relax and enjoy your cigar. Think of the difference between a slightly melted milkshake, and a frozen one.

With all of this in mind, let’s now take a look at the different types of cuts and the tools used to achieve them.

 






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0 # Ji Chul Kim 2009-01-16 06:27
A couple of points. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the the Guillotine style cutters. As far as receiving a tight or loose draw on the cigar, storage conditions in my opinion play a greater factor in this situation versus the cut. Granted someone may cut off an inch or two of a cigar to get past a plug, but that's not what I had in mind.

V-cutters are not the only style that range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, there are straight cut guillotines made of the same materials and in the same range as described for V-cutters!

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:34
Hi Ji,

Good point with regards to storage, and you are definitely right about the price of those guillotines! Thanks for reading!

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0 # James Payne 2009-01-24 08:36
Thanks for dropping by for the first article in a two part series on choosing the proper cutter for your cigars. In addition to cutting techniques, I talk about the different types of cutters, particularly the v-cut and the guillotine. Drop by and let me know your own take on the tools available; I'd love to hear from you!

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