How to choose the right cigar cutter

What is the difference between the types of cutters and which one is right for me?

Cutting your cigar is not rocket science but certain basic skills and good materials are needed to give your cigar a clean cut. If you don’t have the appropriate tools or don’t cut where you are supposed to your wrapper will unravel and it may be bothersome while you smoke. Let’s take a look to the different cutters in the market:

  • The Guillotine cutter: A single blade cutter designed to cut off the cap. Most will cut up to 54 ring cigars.

Pros: These are some of the cheapest cutters you can find.

Cons: You will need to cut your cigar in one quick, strong movement to get acceptable results.

  • The Double Blade cutter: It is the same concept as the guillotine, but the two blades provide a more precise cut. You will also need to cut with force, but some sophisticated double blade cutters like the Xikar® Xi Cutter have a spring mechanism that ensures a clean cut every time.

Pros: You can cut any shape cigar, including Figurado shapes like Torpedo.

Cons: Be careful not to cut below the cap or your cigar wrapper will unravel.

  • The Bullet Punch cutter: The punch cutter will cleanly cut a small hole on the head of the cigar. To cut a bigger hole, you just need to insert the punch several times at different places of the cap until you get the desired width.

Pros: No cutting skills required, and you can conveniently carry your cutter around using the key ring attachment.

Cons: You cannot use this type of cutter on Figurado shapes.

  • The Cigar Scissors: Just like a double blade cutter, the cigar scissors cut off the cap of the cigar.

Pros: They have an elegant, sophisticated look and some, like the Xikar® Multi Tool Scissors, are very lightweight and small.

Cons: You will need special cigar cutting scissors with surgical quality stainless steel.

  • The V-Shape cutter: This cutter will cut a V-shape hole on the cap of your cigar.

Pros: Will give you more surface area than the punch and works great on small ring cigars.

Cons: Don’t bother with a cheap V-shape cutter; it will most likely damage your cigar.

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05/14/2020byTERRANCE FGreat job, thanks for the table trick for proper depth of cut
11/05/2019AnonymousWritten with great clarity. Would suggest how much cap should be removed when using the double blade cutter.
12/21/2017byRob PNever used a punch cutter before, so enjoyed looking at this useful video.
10/23/2016AnonymousThank you!
04/29/2016byShawn PMost in depth cutter guide I have come across. Very helpful.