Choosing a Good Cutter
Written by James Payne

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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Working with the V-Cut 

Another common type of cutter is the V-Cut, which derives its name from the shape it leaves in the cigar. Slicing a wedge out of the head of the cigar, the V-Cut is the deepest cutting tool, going further into the body of the cigar than any other type, yet leaving both side of the cigar intact and fully rounded. This type of cut allows for a larger draw, as it opens a larger area of the filler.

A nice feature to the traditional V-Cutter is the addition of a hole on each side, giving you the option to use it as a straight-cutter. To use the V-Cut, you simply rest the head of the cigar against the v-shaped groove of the cutter, holding onto one of the cigar in one hand, and the cutter in the other. Next you will press down on the lever, causing the triangular blades to cut into the head of your cigar. To use the straight-cutter, simply insert the tip into the hole, and once more, press down on the lever.

A V-Cut Cigar

V-Cutters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are made from many different materials, such as redwood, antlers, stainless steel, gold, oak, and much more, providing them with an elegant, sophisticated look. Because of this wide variety, you can find V-Cutters ranging anywhere from $10 on up to nearly a thousand dollars.

There are two types of V-Cutters. In addition to the standard one discussed above, there is also a heavier, table model. These tend to be fairly expensive and are not meant for traveling. Their benefit is that you can replace the blade or sharpen it when it gets dull, whereas most portable V-Cutters you cannot, thanks to their distinctive triangular blades and the case housing.



That is all the time we have for this episode. In our next article, we will continue the discussion on choosing – and properly using – the different varietals of cutting devices, so that you can properly enjoy your cigar. We will be looking at the Pinhole and Puncture cutters, as well as discussing the use of scissors, and whether or not you should consider them. And finally, if there is time, we will delve into antique cutters, their cost, and the effect, if any, they have on your overall experience.

Stay tuned for more. 


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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