Cutters and Drills
As cigar consumption increases, innovations appear in accessories in line with personal preferences. The simplest of these are cutters, piercers, indispensable for smoking cigars. These cutters and piercers, which are used for pleasure rather than committing crime, also differ among themselves.
In this article, I wanted to mention the advantages and disadvantages of different types of cutters and piercers, as they were asked in the last few e-mails coming to the blog.
If you want, let's get to know the cutters and drills first:
Wherever you look at it, there is a considerable variety to choose from. So, according to what should we make the choice? I hope you will be able to answer this question more comfortably after the comparison below.
Teeth: Our teeth, whether it comes to mind or not, are the most natural cutters. Even the "accessory" used before scissors. However, in addition to the advantages of using teeth, such as being with you at all times and having no trouble to forget anywhere, the disadvantages are also quite high. The first is the sharpness problem and the damage you can do to the hat, the wrap sheet or the cigar. Second, it is not a situation that I can highly recommend. Remember for a moment when you laughed with the parsley between your teeth after eating parsley, and envision it happening to you on a beautiful night, dressed in a tuxedo, with a nice lady, with whiskey in your hand, with tobacco instead of parsley. I don't think it will be nice. If possible, just keep in mind as an alternative to be used when you are alone at the top of the mountain.
Scissors: The oldest style cutter and one of the most effective. It also looks classy. Especially if your scissors are a good brand. Today, it is possible to find many varieties. Even Victorinox, which I mentioned in my previous articles, is still in popularity with its pocket-sized versions. Among its advantages are the ability to cut regardless of the ring thickness, and the ability to sharpen the blades most of the time, which I would say, by an authorized service. On the downside, it takes a bit of hand habit to get a clean and straight cut.
Single / Double Guillotine: Guillotines are one of the most widely used cutters today. Being small and practical, easy and comfortable to reach the perfect cut, and also being easier to carry than, for example, scissors, increase their popularity and use. However, it is not that easy to sharpen their knives - they have to be served, and for some it is not possible at all. The best thing is to replace your dull cutters with new ones. Among them, of course, double-blade guillotines provide a cleaner cut and last longer than single-blade guillotines. One of the disadvantages of guillotine cutters is that we may need to carry different size cutters for our cigars with different ring thicknesses.
V-Cutter: In this alternative, where the whole hat of your cigar is not cut, it makes a deep cut in the shape of a "V" in the cutting hat part. In some cases, the “X” shape is also created by keeping the depth low and cutting twice. Since the hat is not fully opened in this type of cut, as in the scissors or guillotine cuts, the tar and nicotine accumulated around the cut, as you smoke your cigar, can make the cigar taste bitter. Although it seems that it does not require manual habits such as guillotine and scissors in the first place, it is a method that I do not prefer to use just because of this bitterness. But since the opening is narrow, it also means that you will enjoy your cigar more intensely.
Punch: In this style, which creates a certain size cut in the hat part like V-Cuts, it is in a round shape, not a "V". The middle part of the hat, which you sit in a sharp circle with the edges, is separated after the cut. Although it is a cutting method that I do not prefer, it is a very popular method due to its ease of transportation and its low error rate and low possibility of damaging the hat. The reason I do not prefer it is the tar and nicotine accumulation that causes bitterness in the cut part, as is the case with V-Keser. At the same time, if you keep the cut too deep, you may face a burning problem.
Spike: You start smoking by opening a few holes in your cigar's hat with this product, where it is possible to find guitar pick-like ones on the market, as well as those with a pointed needle or stick. Unfortunately, because the holes you drill are very small, it means that you will experience the disadvantage of the savings in V-Cuts and Punch that I mentioned above. Although it is not used very often, it can be preferred because it does not disturb the integrity of the cigar and the hat.
Shuriken: A product and style of cut that I personally dislike, neither in shape nor in use. In this method, you insert the hat part of your cigar into a cylinder that divides into two, and by pushing lightly, you have six sharp knives in the cylinder make 6 cuts in the hat. Again, it has a low rate of error, but it is definitely a method that will create tar and nicotine accumulation. I haven't yet found another advantage other than being a different style. On the contrary, if you keep your cigar between your teeth, or if you get too wet, with this cut style, although the hat stays whole, it creates a rickety in your mouth. It also felt like it was not that practical to carry. I tried using it once but I don't think I'll try it again.
We see that the cutting accessories and their assortment are abundant. Personally, I prefer cutters rather than piercers. Among them, my favorite is the double-blade guillotine. But in a cigar lounge or at the house of a friend like me that we will smoke a cigar with, I also love to use scissors, if available.