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Can you Cut Cigars?

Can you Cut Cigars?

Most cigars are open at one end and sealed at the other. Therefore, before lighting a good cigar, it is usually necessary to cut the sealed end of the cigar to facilitate smoking and allow smooth convection of smoke and air. This is where cigar cutters come in handy. You may have seen them used in movies to cut the top of a cigar.



Everyone has different preferences when it comes to how to cut a cigar, but generally speaking, the technique of cutting a cigar is very important. Every cigar lover knows that an irregular way of cutting a cigar is likely to ruin a good cigar. In addition, the ritual process of cutting cigars also provides people with a way to think about the production of tobacco. The process provides excellent opportunities, so a cigar cutter is an accessory that every cigar aficionado should have.

The first generation cigar cutters were most likely knives. As cigar smoking became more and more popular, the knives used to cut cigars were designed to become more and more specialized. By the 1870s, cigar aficionados began to use drilled cigar cutters in addition to knives.



By the 20th century, the popularity of cigarettes had surpassed that of cigars, the king of tobacco, and there were many types of cigar cutters, ranging from simple pocket blades to heavy-duty ornate machine tools. If you look at an antique cigar cutter, you'll notice that the holes are very small, and that's because most cigars from the past were very small.

However, as machine-made cigars became more popular, cigar cutters began to fall out of favor a bit because machine-rolled cigars were made with the mouthpiece already pre-opened. Of course, quality hand-rolled cigars still require cigar cutters. Here are a few trivia facts about cigar cutters and cutting cigars.

1. Cigar cutters can be cleaned and polished

Of course this depends on what type of cigar cutter you use. For most non-disposable guillotine-style cigar cutters, polishing and cleaning require disassembling the outer casing. Not only is this work cumbersome, it may not be able to sharpen the entire blade surface, and it also risks jeopardizing the warranty. risks of.

However, if you want to maintain the cigar cutter, it is best to clean it. You can wipe the surface with a cotton swab or a rag soaked in alcohol, so that the tobacco oil and tobacco leaf fragments will be disposed of. For cigar cutters with stainless steel cutters, place them in a cup of hot water. The water will penetrate the tobacco and other debris.

They will fall off once thoroughly soaked. After soaking and cleaning, dry the cigar cutters thoroughly. Also, try polishing the cigar cutters, using very fine sandpaper, or even salt, to try not to damage the cigar cutters. A polishing knife or diamond file can also be used, but be careful as it may change the properties of the blade and reduce cutting performance if you are not careful.

2. Special cigar cutters for large diameter cigars

If you like large diameter cigars, how do you usually cut them? I'm guessing you could use a guillotine cutter to make a few quick cuts, or maybe use a very large drilled cutter.

If you like large diameter cigars, how do you usually cut them? I'm guessing you could use a guillotine cutter to make a few quick cuts, or maybe use a very large drilled cutter.

3. The most loving cigar smoker in the world never uses a cigar cutter.

Winston Churchill is arguably one of the world's most beloved cigar smokers. The cigars he smoked were machine-made, with a hole already cut into the cap, so no cigar cutters were needed.



When he smokes a cigar, he does not cut off the cap like others, but pokes the end of the cigar with a wooden match or a drill. It's a bit like a poker and sounds like it must be really bad to inhale. Furthermore, Churchill would blow away the ashes from the cigar to ensure that the cigar would continue to burn smoothly.

4. Different ways of cutting cigars will change the taste of cigars.

Some specific cigars require specific cuts - there's really no one right or wrong way, but the way we cut a cigar does have the potential to change the way it tastes. The classic straight cut method will bring a larger inhalation area, resulting in a smooth and open mouthfeel.

If you prefer a V-cut or a cat-eye cut, you will feel the smoke concentration change and the flavor of the cigar become fuller and fuller because the small opening in the cigar cap acts like a funnel to collect the smoke into a narrow area. Drill or bullet cigar cuts create smaller holes, with the opening less than half that of a straight cut. Drilled cigars can be a little difficult to smoke, but the resulting explosion of taste buds is what draws cigar lovers to them.

But there is also a disadvantage, that is, if you smoke it too hard, the tar and other factors in the cigar will burn unevenly, resulting in a stronger flavor, so be careful. An interesting experiment could be to cut the cigars you smoke in different ways: Does it get stronger if you use a drill or V-cut? Try a cut you have never used or seen before and see if it affects the taste of the cigar!

5. Five different ways to cut a cigar

Straight-cut style: While double-edged cigar cutters may be better, single-edged cigar cutters are the basic straight-cut style. Experienced cigar lovers will choose double-edged cigar cutters because their precision ensures clean and beautiful cut cigars. In order to ensure a neat and smooth cutting edge, cut from both sides at the same time. Another benefit of using a double-edged cigar cutter is that the precision of the cut prevents the wrapper from tearing. If you use a guillotine-style cigar cutter, pay attention to the position of the blade. When cutting, you can only open one eye. After aiming perfectly, try to use all your strength to cut.

V-shaped scissors: The V-shaped cigar scissors do not completely cut off the cigar head, but use a uniquely shaped blade to create a notched cut. This innovative design allows cuts to be made from the same side and at the same depth. Not only does this prevent you from cutting too deep, but it also creates a wide area where you can draw in enough air so that the flavor of the cigar is not lost in your mouth. A great tool for lovers of smaller cigars. However, because you cannot cut it too deep, the cigar can easily become hot when using it, so you need to be careful. The correct way to operate is to hold the V-shaped cigar cutter and the cigar with two hands, and then push the cigar toward the cigar cutter. There are many types of V-shaped cigar cutters, ranging from desktop V-shaped cigar cutters to small pocket V-shaped cigar cutters.

Drill type: Similar to the V-shaped cigar cutter, the drill type cigar cutter does not completely cut off the cigar cap. Instead, its principle is to use a sharp round blade to turn a hole in the cigar cap to form an opening. The size of this hole is very important. If it is too small, it will affect the smoking of smoke. If it is cut properly, this way of cutting cigars can effectively prevent tobacco fragments from being sucked into the mouth. The process of operating a drilled cigar cutter is as simple as selecting the appropriate drill size and, while rotating the blade, insert the blade into the cigar cap to completely create a hole. Drilled cigar cutters are ideal for smokers who prefer mixed-filled cigars, but they are not as effective at cutting torpedo cigars and small ring cigars.

Scissor type: Cigars can also be cut directly with cigar scissors. Cigar scissors are slightly different from household scissors in that they are specifically designed for cutting cigars. The blade is designed and made of high-quality stainless steel to ensure clean cuts. If you purchase a low-quality cigar cutter, it will most likely damage the cigar wrapper and affect the entire smoking process.

Bite-Away: What to do if you find yourself without a knife? It's easy, just bite off the cigar cap the old caveman way. However, biting a cigar roughly with your teeth is likely to leave tobacco fragments in your mouth and may also destabilize the internal structure of the cigar. The only advantage of this method may be that you can easily find the cutting position that suits you best.


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