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Friday, June 09, 2006

Cigar Cutters

Cutters: This category, of which there are a variety of instruments available, is very important and a personal choice for “opening” the head of your cigar. Most importantly, with any type of cutter is that it is sharp. A dull instrument will tear the delicate wrapper, rather than a clean cut.

Guillotine or Double Blade: is considered the most common cutter. They are usually self-sharpening, and guarantees a cut that when placed on the head of all ring sizes; will perform the task very well. A suggestion, only an eighth of an inch will be optimum of the opening.

Punch Cutters: This type will open the head of the cigar with a circular cut, and as a suggestion it must be self-cleaning, which most claim.

Scissors: This instrument performs an action similar to the guillotine, and this cutting, needs care to not tear the wrapper.

Since your cigar of preference is selected for smoking pleasure, it is suggested that your cutter be of very good quality, which will be sharp for years, and be an extension of your “collection” of cigars and humidor.

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

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