Friday, January 9, 2009

Clipping your cigar in its cellophane wrapper

So I'm in the cigar store last week, and I'm just about to remove the cellophane to clip my cigar when my friend Bill W. says, "Hold on, let me show you something." Bill takes my cigar, opens his trusty XiKAR titanium cutter, lays it on the table, places the cigar's head in the hole, and clamps the blades closed. "There you go," he says. Then he slips the cigar out of its cello and hands it to me.

"Nice cut," I say. "I've never seen that before."

"Really?" said, Bill. "Someone showed me that a long time ago, and I do it all the time. It's supposed to help give you a cleaner cut while also keeping you from overcutting the cap."

Personally, I like my method of working the blades just under the "skull" of the cap to try removing it in a perfect circle, but it's always fun to learn something new.

So, here’s my question: Is anyone else familiar with this "cellophane on" method of clipping cigars? If so, please leave a comment.

~ Gary Korb

7 comments:

Richard said...

Been doing it for years, did not think much about it,,,I do believe it dulls the cutter....

Jim Howard said...

I read somewhere that it also helps keep the blades on your cutter sharp... Not sure if that's true or not but I've been doing it that way for years.

boud said...

I have seen this done only once,at a cigar shop in Las Vegas.This shop also had cigar rollers on site . I do not know if this is the correct method or not.I myself do nod do this.

Alfredo said...

I clip my cigars the same way... but without the cellophane. Normally it's not a good idea, in any cutting operation, to insert an additional stress between surfaces unless it's a lubricant. I wonder what the cellophane does to the cutting edge of the cutter or if blunt, if it leaves micro incrustations. Not a good idea.

Smoker06 said...

I've seen it before and have tried it. I can't say that I noticed a better cut. I also can't imagine that this is good for the cutter blades.

EvanGEvans said...

Have seen this done at a cigar shop, too. The only reason I ever do it is if I want to pre-cut some for use later in the day/evening, or for giving out to friends later on. If you've ever tried cutting a cigar and putting it back in the cello, you'd know why. Agree with other posters that 1) can't see the "cleaner cut" argument; and 2) can't see how it would be good for those nice Xikar blades.

MonkeyDan said...

I always keep the cellophane on for all the reasons mentioned above, plus it's just quicker.