Main types of cigar cutters
There are three main types of cigar cutters: straight cutters, V-cutters, and cigar punch cutters. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at straight cutters, how they work, and their advantages and disadvantages.
Double Guillotine Straight Cutters
Straight cutters are the most common type of cigar cutter and are also sometimes called guillotine or double guillotine cutters. They consist of a pair of sharp blades that cut straight across the cap of the cigar. The blades are usually operated by squeezing the handles together, which causes the blades to slice through the cigar.
Straight Cigar Cutter Pros & Cons
One of the main advantages of a double guillotine straight cutter is its ability to make a clean cut without crushing the cigar. Because the two blades work together to slice through the cap, there is less chance of the cigar being damaged or crushed during the cutting process. Additionally, the double blade design allows for greater control over the depth and angle of the cut, which can be important for achieving a good draw and preventing unraveling. Straight cutters also tend to be widely available, making them a popular choice for cigar aficionados.
However, there are a few disadvantages to using a straight cutter as well. One of the main drawbacks is that they can sometimes cut too much off the cap of the cigar, which can cause the wrapper to unravel. This is particularly true if you're not careful about how much pressure you apply when squeezing the handles together. Additionally, if the blades of the straight cutter are not sharp enough, they can crush the cigar rather than cutting it cleanly, which can ruin the smoking experience.
Get the most out of a straight cut
- To get the most out of a straight cutter, there are a few tips you can follow. First, be sure to use a high-quality cutter, such as Xikar® Xi series cigar cutter, with razor sharp blades to avoid crushing the cigar.
- Second, when using the cutter, hold the cigar firmly in one hand and the cutter in the other, and bring the two together slowly and steadily to avoid applying too much pressure.
- Finally, consider experimenting with different cutting depths to find the right balance between cutting enough off to allow for a good draw and avoiding unraveling the wrapper of the cigar.
Straight cutters are a simple and elegant option for cutting your cigars, but they do require some care and attention to use correctly. With a little practice and some experimentation, you can get great results with a straight cutter and enjoy a smooth and satisfying cigar smoking experience.
Aim for the best cigar cutters
Xikar is a leading brand in the world of the best cigar lighters and accessories. Their line of cigar cutters is no exception. From classic guillotine straight cutter to innovative v-cut cigar cutter and cigar punch. Xikar offers a variety of cutter styles to suit the needs and preferences of every cigar aficionado.
With their commitment to quality and innovation, Xikar continues to be a top choice among cigar enthusiasts worldwide.