How to properly cut a cigar
Here’s a question we wish beginning cigar smokers would ask more often than they do. Instead, we see them time and again do it wrong and make a shambles of a perfectly fine smoke.
How should you properly cut a cigar? There’s only one right answer but several different ways to reach that answer.
Let’s begin at the end, or rather, the “head” of your cigar. The “foot” of your cigar is open, but the head is covered by a cap – a bit of a tobacco leaf wrapped and smoothed to close the cigar. Before smoking your cigar, you’ll need to cut away a bit of this cap.
First though, you need to take a good look at it. The cap usually extends 1/4-3/8″ down the length of the cigar. It might be a little less and on a figurado, a little more.
You don’t ever want to cut your cigar beyond the end of the cap. If you cut beneath it or even too close to the bottom of it (and we’ve all seen “that guy” who cuts his cigar at the band), you risk the entire cigar unraveling as you smoke it.
The goal is to cut as little of the cigar as possible while creating an opening approximately 75%-85% of the width of the end. This might mean cutting as little as 1/32″ down or as much as 3/8″ – it depends on the cigar’s roll and cap.
Choose the right cigar cutter
This is where your choice of cigar cutter comes into play.
A punch cutter, although not really a “cutter”, is easy to use, makes a perfectly round opening, and negates the problem of how much to clip.
Cigar scissors are elegant, but difficult to use and hard to carry around. Other more personal methods include razor blades, Swiss Army or pocket knives, or even your teeth. Ultimately, clipping your cigar is a matter of what works best for you.
When using a guillotine cutter, you line up your cigar at eye level and clip it quickly. This method will almost always guarantee a clean, straight cut. Guillotine cutters come in many shapes and sizes to make it easier for you to find one to fit your hand.
Another popular option is a V-Cut clipper. Cap length isn’t a concern here, as the smoker rests the cigar against the clipper while it takes out a v-notched shaped bit of tobacco of the same size every time.
Here’s where you can check out our assortment of cigar cutters.
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