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Cigars: Cut. It. Off.

cigar cutter

If you take your cigar hobby seriously, you probably have a pretty good idea of how important it is to use the proper cigar cutter.  This little accessory can absolutely dictate how pleasurable your overall smoking session is.  Besides, with so many different types of cigar cutters out there, many cigar enthusiasts love selecting the one that best suits their personal style.

These days, cigar lovers can choose from a wide range of cutter styles.  We’re going to break down the most popular types of cigar cutters that are used today.  Keep in mind that which cutter style you choose is ultimately based on personal preference.


The guillotine is perhaps the most widely used style of cigar cutter of all.  Its massive popularity mainly comes from its ability to create an impeccably clean line which guarantees the perfect smoke.  The blade style ensures that the cut is perfectly straight.  A guillotine also does a great job at preventing the wrapper from being torn or stretched.

There are single-blade guillotines and double-blade guillotines, with most cigar enthusiasts believing that the latter is the most effective.


Typically associated with smaller cigars, the v-cut is a highly unique cutter style that’s great for those who want precision as well as flawless airflow for a perfectly smooth smoke.  Rather than slicing off the end, the v-cut creates an impeccably defined hole thanks to its unique blade.  As an added bonus, this style of cutter prevents the smoker from taking in a bunch of debris when they pull.

Also known as a wedge cutter, the v-cut does a good job at preventing the smoker from making a cut that’s too deep.  However, it does require a bit of precision and caution.

Cigar Scissors

Cigar scissors are typically associated with budget smokers although there are actually some very high-quality designs on the market.  They function just like an ordinary pair of scissors but they’re specially sized to be compatible with cigars.  The blades are extremely sharp so that the cut is completely clean.  Blades that are too dull can pull on and tear the wrapper, which is something that no cigar enthusiast wants.

If you’re going to pick up a pair of cigar scissors, it’s crucial that you look for quality.  There are a lot of cheap models out there that don’t do a good job.

Punch Cutter

A punch cutter, like a v-cut, creates a hole rather than slices off the end.  However, this type of cutter is a bit more manual, requiring the smoker to pay careful attention to what they’re doing.  If that attention is given, the reward is a flawless draw that’s free of debris. 

The cutter utilizes a circular blade that must be gradually inserted into the end of the cigar by the smoker.  Once the blade is where it needs to be, it begins to rotate in order to cut out the hole.  The smoker needs to know exactly how far in to go so that they don’t end up with a hole that’s too big or too small.

Also, keep in mind that punch cutters are not ideal for smaller gauge cigars.  The blade is simply too large and will create a hole that’s too big, resulting in tobacco escaping into the mouth upon each draw.

Shuriken Cutter

The Shuriken cutter is a very new accessory that’s incredibly practical and innovative.  Its capsule shape allows it to slip on top of the cigar’s end.  Inside the capsule are several blades that slice into the tip rather than slicing the tip off.  It’s really best for short filler cigars. 

The Choice is Yours

With so many different kinds of cigar cutters out there, it’s important that the cigar enthusiast try as many as possible before settling on the one that best suits their needs.  Ultimately, what matters most is finding a cutter that’s made with quality materials. 

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