Knowing how to use a cigar cutter is a must for any self-proclaimed “cigar aficionados” out there. Here are a few simple tips to teach you how best to use a cigar cutter. There are three different instruments you can use to properly cut a cigar:
The Punch. In the cigar-piercing arsenal, the punch is what most cigar enthusiasts would consider as their training weapon. The punch’s misleading name even encourages a style of “punching” through the delicate wrappings of a cigar. To use a punch, you twist gently with applied pressure. Using a punch leads to a mouthful of smooth leathery smoke, rather than one which gives an uneven stream through the mashed leftovers of what use to resemble a cigar!
The Guillotine. Who hasn’t paused while snipping a stogie, with the realization that the technology responsible for just such a luxury, was at one time, used to remove the heads of royalty. Come on, that’s pretty crazy when you really think about it. The technology is simple: One blade, coming down with force, to cleave an object in two. Cutting a cigar with a guillotine is a two step process. First make sure you press the cigar all the way up against the blunt end of the cutter’s circular collar. When you have the placement (approximately 3/8’s down the tip) slowly set the blade against the cigar. Finally, with no extra “wiggle room,” quickly force the blade through with one fluid motion. Done properly, there will be little to no smashing or pinching, leading to the bleed-out of your smoke’s innards, and your ruined satisfaction.
- The Double Guillotine. The double guillotine is the “Cadillac” of the aficionado’s gadget world. It’s fast. It’s efficient. And let’s face it, that shhink noise the two blades make as they cross paths reminds us of ninja swords—which are awesome. But alas, even this James Bond-like gizmo can be used in a way that is much more savage than suave. The main threat to the enjoyment of your smoke while using a double guillotine cutter is unintentionally pinching closed the very airways you seek to open. The real trick here is all in the prep and angle. Much like the single guillotine, you want to close the distance between the blades and the outside of the wrapping, before slicing. However, you also want to make the cut tilted at a slight angle (no too much – slight) before clamping down. This technique prevents pinching the leaf straight on, and is much less likely to clog your smoke.
Regardless of the instrument you prefer to cut your cigar with, they should all be used with surgically precise hands and an artistic appreciation for the craft. In essence, the only one responsible for a botched smoke should be the brand itself, not the hands that touched it last! Long ashes to you all, and to all, a good smoke.
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