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What types of cigar cuts you do you use?

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What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« on: 06/09/2014 12:51 PM »
I'm curious, what cuts do you guys use? Feel free to elaborate on the advantage of the different cuts.

I've never tried the v cut or shuriken cutter (which just looks weird), I did use the punch on my cigar lighter for a while but now I'm all about the straight cut.
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/2014 12:55 PM »
OOOOOOOOHHHHH NOOOOOOOO that Shuriken is going to start passing around here again.....

Usually straight, but I will V when I feel like it, and I keep a punch on my keychain, so if i am out and have that or my lighter has one, I will use that.  I am really not that particular.
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/2014 01:00 PM »
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StogieDad - 6/9/2014  10:55 PM

OOOOOOOOHHHHH NOOOOOOOO that Shuriken is going to start passing around here again.....

Usually straight, but I will V when I feel like it, and I keep a punch on my keychain, so if i am out and have that or my lighter has one, I will use that.  I am really not that particular.

I've purchased a keychain punch cutter for the same purpose :-) Always prepared ;-)
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #3 on: 06/09/2014 01:01 PM »
V cut for me about 95% of the time. Occasional straight cut, and very seldom a punch. For me, the v cut works great, keeps tobacco bits out of the mouth, and it looks really really cool!  :biggrin:  :bigthumbs:
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #4 on: 06/09/2014 01:03 PM »
I am a fan of the cat's eye (V-cut), but more often than not, I use a straight double guillotine cut.  I find the air flow though hole punches to be too variable, lending to bad burn lines.
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #5 on: 06/09/2014 01:14 PM »
I just recently started using a punch, and I like it a lot. I especially like that it's on my lighter, so I don't have to carry around two instruments. If something goes wrong with it or the cigar doesn't have a rounded cap then i'll get out my guillotine

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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #6 on: 06/09/2014 01:17 PM »
Restricting the airflow through a cigar can cause tar to build up toward the head end and cause bitterness in the last half of a smoke, if not sooner.  For that reason, i go straight cut leaving a bit of the shoulder.   The goal is to expose about 80-90% of the filler and leave enough cap to keep the wrapper from unraveling.  A good quality, sharp cutter is needed for this.   I love my Paleo cutter, but Xikar or some quality scissors will work fine too.  Other methods work in a pinch or even with a lot of cigars, but there will come a time when the method will have changed the performance or taste in a negative way.  

The blenders/owners at every company use a straight cut.   I know of zero exceptions.  My eventual goal is to recreate the experience the blender intended as much as possible.   With a high quality cutter and proper technique, whatever problem that silly Shuriken cutter solves isn't a problem.  I've tried it.   Some cigars it was ok, some it limited the draw too much.

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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #7 on: 06/09/2014 01:19 PM »
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Restricting the airflow through a cigar can cause tar to build up toward the head end and cause bitterness in the last half of a smoke, if not sooner.  For that reason, i go straight cut leaving a bit of the shoulder.   The goal is to expose about 80-90% of the filler and leave enough cap to keep the wrapper from unraveling.  A good quality, sharp cutter is needed for this.   I love my Paleo cutter, but Xikar or some quality scissors will work fine too.  Other methods work in a pinch or even with a lot of cigars, but there will come a time when the method will have changed the performance or taste in a negative way.  

The blenders/owners at every company use a straight cut.   I know of zero exceptions.  My eventual goal is to recreate the experience the blender intended as much as possible.   With a high quality cutter and proper technique, whatever problem that silly Shuriken cutter solves isn't a problem.  I've tried it.   Some cigars it was ok, some it limited the draw too much.

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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #8 on: 06/09/2014 01:26 PM »
95% of the time a strait cut and the other 5 a V or a punch.
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #9 on: 06/09/2014 01:27 PM »
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Kevin48438 - 6/9/2014  5:17 PMRestricting the airflow through a cigar can cause tar to build up toward the head end and cause bitterness in the last half of a smoke, if not sooner.  For that reason, i go straight cut leaving a bit of the shoulder.   The goal is to expose about 80-90% of the filler and leave enough cap to keep the wrapper from unraveling.  A good quality, sharp cutter is needed for this.   I love my Paleo cutter, but Xikar or some quality scissors will work fine too.  Other methods work in a pinch or even with a lot of cigars, but there will come a time when the method will have changed the performance or taste in a negative way.  The blenders/owners at every company use a straight cut.   I know of zero exceptions.  My eventual goal is to recreate the experience the blender intended as much as possible.   With a high quality cutter and proper technique, whatever problem that silly Shuriken cutter solves isn't a problem.  I've tried it.   Some cigars it was ok, some it limited the draw too much.Friends don't let friends use silly Shuriken cutters.
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Haha!   I thought you had to use a straight cut to qualify as a geek.  Maybe a punch on a keychain (or lighter) in a pinch of for some giant ring guage cigar.  When I started my essay, only Michael had responded.  And I wanted to spare some grief by someone unawares of that Shuriken cutter.
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RE: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #10 on: 06/09/2014 01:29 PM »

I like the scalloped cut this one leaves. I use it at home straight cut or punch on the road. 

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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #11 on: 06/09/2014 01:34 PM »
Those things look really cool, but I'm always afraid of the lack of control.  Any advice on using it?
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #12 on: 06/09/2014 01:35 PM »
I'm back to the V cut now
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #13 on: 06/09/2014 01:37 PM »
I use a punch mostly. I find that a cigar with a loose draw is great for me with a punch. Also if it is a little tight or a big ring cigar i can punch it again(clover leaf). But I do use a straight cut on torpedos, perfectos, very small ring cigars, etc.. I like having the punch built into my favorite lighter as well.
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Re: What types of cigar cuts you do you use?
« Reply #14 on: 06/09/2014 01:42 PM »
I use a Palio most of the time followed by a Xikar V cut. I like the V don't know why I do not use it more. The Palio is a nice cutter, if something happened to it I would get another


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