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How to cut a cigar?
Cigar smokers learn early the important nature of the correct way to cut a cigar.
An incorrect cut will ruin the cigar, creating a bad draw, causing the end to split and the wrapper to unravel.
Whatever your method of cutting, the end goal in cutting a cigar is to create an ample opening through which to smoke, without negatively affecting the cigar’s construction.
If you cut too small an opening the cigar won’t draw properly, and a too wide a cut will result in the cigar falling apart, meaning you must find the perfect medium.
A good rule to follow would be to cut one-sixteenth of an inch from the cigar’s head. If that sounds complicated or you don’t have a ruler to hand, look for the cigar’s shoulder. This is the place where the cap of the cigar straightens out, which is the optimum place to cut the cigar.
The other method of cutting is to make a wedge in the shape of a V in the end of a cigar. While this kind of cut makes it easy to draw on the cigar, this method can provide some problems; the draw can become too big which, in turn, will make the smoke burn hot.
There are three cuts that are predominantly used when cutting a stogie: the straight cut (also known as the guillotine), the V-cut and the punch cut.
The straight cut
- Select the correct end of the cigar to cut. This is the end of the cigar that goes in your mouth, which is called the head of a cigar.
- Identify where the “shoulder” of the cigar ends. This shoulder is where the curved end of the cigar starts to straighten out.
- Using your strongest hand pick up your cigar cutter between your thumb and forefinger.
- Place the stogie into the cutter and close one eye in order to line up the cigar in the correct place.
- Cut the cigar quickly in as fluid a motion as possible, with as much force as you can muster. Remember to keep a tight grip on the cigar with your other hand making sure not to let it move until it is cut all the way through.
- Hold your fine cigar in one hand, and the v-cutter in your other, stronger hand, with the ends pulled open.
- Put the cigar into the cutter’s indentation whilst taking care not to place the head of the cigar too deep into the v-cutter. You can always cut more off, but too big a cut can’t be salvaged and will render your cigar unusable.
- Pushing the cigar toward the cutter and squeeze the two ends of the cutter together. Remove any loose tobacco by blowing lightly into the cut wedge or by gently tapping it on a sturdy surface.
- After you have chosen an appropriate punch size, push the blade into the cap.
- Once the blade is inserted into the cap, start to rotate it to fully cut a hole into the cap, then remove the blade. The cut portion will come out as well and voila, you’re ready to light up!