Knowing how to cut a cigar without a cigar cutter is a dicey affair. Cigars are meant to be cut precisely, cleanly separating the cigar cap from the rest of the cigar. This prevents the cigar from unwrapping while being smoked and sediment from getting into your mouth, initiating an even draw that doesn’t distract from the taste of the cigar. However, if you’ve got to smoke, here are some measures you can take.
To cut a cigar without a cigar cutter you will need:
- Cigar punch
- Pen or pencil
- Sharp knife
- Cigar punch. While a standard cigar cutter uses one or two sharp blades to slice off the cap, a cigar punch just punches a wide hole. Cigar punches are often easier to carry and are small and compact, about the size of a bullet. The cigar punch is a circular blade that’s usually stored in what looks like a bullet shell and is, therefore, often called a bullet punch. Place the head of the cigar next to the circular blade and inject the blade into the cap with a twisting motion. This should imbed part of the cap inside the blades of the punch. You’ll be left with a wide, shallow hole in the cap of your cigar. The key to doing this properly is to have a sharp cigar punch and using a quick motion to cleanly cut the cigar.
- Pen or pencil. While not optimal, you can cut a cigar by using any pen or pencil. This works similar to cigar punches, in that you’re making an opening in the cap rather than slicing it off. Using the tip of the pen or pencil, quickly and cleanly puncture a hole in the center of the cap. Do not go too deep, as all you want is a puncture in the cap rather than the body of the cigar. The hole created will be small and will tend to buildup tar because of the narrow opening, but it’ll work in a pinch.
- A sharp knife. Cutting a cigar without a cigar cutter is possible by mimicking the procedure of separating the cap with a knife. Make sure the knife is sharp enough to allow for a quick and clean cut. Position the knife right below the cap and, with one motion, slice the cap off. You do not want use a sawing motion because this has a tendency to tear the wrapper and cause a lot of sediment to fall out of the cigar. After you have successfully separated the cap, bring the cigar to your mouth and blow hard on where the cap was originally situated. This will remove any sediment and allow for a cleaner draw. Although this seems like an easy method for cutting a cigar without a cutter, it is much more difficult than it seems.
- Biting. The least optimal of all the methods to cut a cigar without a cigar cutter, biting is a last ditch resort when you simply have no other tools. Take the head of the cigar and place your teeth right below the cap where you want to make the cut if you had cutters. Bite down hard and through the entire width of the cigar and pull away, separating the cap from the body. Make sure not to ingest any of the cigar that is in your mouth. Unless you are really good at this, the cigar will be torn at the head and will probably unroll during smoking.