Best New Cigar Cutters For You!
Xikar’s Cigar Cutter
Xikar’s new XO cutter generated a lot of excitement at this year’s IPCPR trade show, not only for what it is, but also for what it isn’t.
Ever since Xikar brought its original teardrop-shaped cutter to market in 1998, the ergonomic, butterfly-blade design has been the company’s clear signature product, with several iterations and finishes having been added over the years. With the XO cutter, though, the Kansas-city based company opted to not trot out yet another teardrop cutter, but instead to go with a distinct round shape.
It’s a bold design choice, and after effortlessly cutting dozens of cigars with the new XO, one that we at Cigar Aficionado are happy the company made.
The body of the XO cutter appears to be plastic, but it is in fact anodized aluminum. This makes the cutter light enough to easily carry in one’s pants pocket without being cumbersome, and gives the XO a bit more durability.
The XO cutter’s aperture is about an inch wide, or 64 ring gauge, making it large enough to snip the cap of cigars up to 70 ring gauge. The dual blades are released from the round body via a spring-loaded release button atop the cutter. When pressed, the blades shoot out the sides, and suddenly the round cutter’s silhouette resembles a TIE Fighter craft from the Star Wars films.
Credo Synchro Steel Cutter
If your preferred device for cutting cigars is a double guillotine, then at some point you’ve likely crushed the head of your cigar instead of smoothly snipping it off. This often happens if one is using a cheap cutter with dull blades. Sometimes, though, it’s due to a smoker not applying smooth, even pressure to both of the blades during the cut.
This pressure problem is what Credo sought to solve when it created its Synchro Steel Cutter, a double guillotine cutter that is held like a pair of scissors and cuts nicely through the caps of cigars up to 54 ring gauge in width.
Based in France and best known for its humidification devices, Credo also manufactures a popular cutter called Two Blades as well as a quirky 3-in-1 punch cutter.
Colibri V Cut
Somewhere between the clean cut of a punch and the straight cut of a guillotine exists another option to snip your cigar: the v-cutter. The v-cutter is a great way to enjoy a cigar when done right, and Colibri’s V-Cut is done exceedingly well.
For the unfamiliar, a v-cutter is really just a single guillotine with a curved or v-shaped blade. Its cut creates a wedge-shaped channel narrower (and cleaner) than a guillotine’s straight-cut, with a draw that’s fuller than a punch.
The Colibri V-Cut is capable of doing this to a variety of cigars, including rings up to 60 gauge and figurados. It’s a single blade, and both the steel and mechanics are designed to never tear the cap. The blade is spring-loaded, and a powerful spring means a quick, aggressive release without having to dig tobacco out of the works first.
An important factor in v-cutters is the weight, which Colibri’s V-Cut has. While the V-Cut may add extra sag to your pocket, the heft allows you to press firmly against the cigar so it won’t slip at the last moment. This is especially important with v-cuts, which require more precision than straight-cut guillotines.
With the V-Cut, Colibri has found a good balance of weight, strength and shape that makes this rather tricky cut hassle-free. It’s not for everyone, and it may not be for every cigar, but at only $39—and in red, black and blue finishes—it’s an easy-operating cutter.
Donatus Big Cut
While you don’t absolutely need a cigar cutter to smoke a fine cigar—you could always use your teeth to nip off a bit of the closed cap—every aficionado should own one. And when you truly immerse yourself in the cigar lifestyle, you’ll find that one simply isn’t enough. You ought to own a variety of cutters.
Cigar cutters can be beautiful things, and none are more elegant or stylish than a full-sized pair of cigar scissors. A fine example is the Donatus Big Cut.
Made in Germany of sturdy Solingen steel, the Donatus Big Cut has supple curves, wide (and very sharp) jaws capable of cutting the fattest of cigars and a smooth motion that cuts your cigars in style. The pair we sampled was done in satin finish and had just the right amount of heft.
Lopping the head off of a cigar with a guillotine is rather straightforward—so long as you place the cutter in the proper position, you’re not likely to make a mistake. Cigar scissors take a bit more practice, which is part of their charm.
In the case of the Donatus, you place your thumb in the circular hole on one of the scissor arms, and put your index, middle and ring fingers in the large and curved opening on the other. Open the jaws of the scissors, place them at a slight angle to the head of the cigar, and close the jaws very slowly, bringing the cutter perpendicular to the top of the cigar as they close. The result is a clean, impressive cut. It takes a few tries to master the motion.
Cigar scissors aren’t easily transported and the good ones do not come cheap. This model runs for $180 and are ideal complements for a smoking room.