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About Cigar Cutters
The great debate amoung many cigar enthusiasts centers around the task of cigar cutting.  There are guillotine cutters, hole punchers, V cutters, cigar scizzors, drug store razor blades and of course your own teeth.  Which method is best?
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About Cigar Cutters
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Are all cigar cutters the
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About Humidors and Storing Your Cigars
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What is the best way to
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Turning The Corner
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A discussion about the
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One very important consideration is how the cut effects the physical condition of the cigar.  You certainly do not want to cut too deep into the cigar body (just the cap) and you also do not the cigar wrapper to start becoming undone while you are enjoying it.
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Step one is to look at the head of the cigar (the closed end for those folks new to cigar smoking).  This top part of the cigar is known as the cap, and depending on how large the cap is ~ will determine how far down you should make your cut. Cutting too far down will bring undesireable results, as will cutting too little.  Try and eyeball the center of the cap and try and aim for a happy medium.  Practice makes perfect, so this will be your excuse to enjoy a number of different cigars (I need to practice sweetheart ~ and I certainly cannot allow a cut cigar to go to waste).
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Some people prefer a good guillotine cutter, but even with this type of cutter you must be careful.  A dull blade or cheaply make cutter could leave you with a cigar that has the appearance of a ginzu knife attack.  I have used guillotine cutters with success, but the trick is an even and quickly executed cut stroke.  Also, by all means make sure the blade is sharp.
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I have also used V-cutters that some smokers will swear by, but again, I think the same rules apply as to a guillotine cutter.  A dull cutting blade is the cigar smokers enemy.  Another problem with either a guillotine or V-cutter is that the larger ring sizes may be somewhat more cumbersome to cut.   A friend of mine told me to buy a bigger guillotine, but I do not want to have a contraption used in the French revolution just to cut cigars (plus my wife may get the wrong idea with such a thing in the house).  Another idea is the hole punch.  One advantage is to a hole punch is less possibility of damage to the cigar wraper when making your incision.  I would suggest a hole punch that also extracts the contents of filler material.  As with any variety of cutters, the case of cheap is expensive applies.  Meaning that cheap cutters may ruin more good cigars with the way they cut than to spend the money on a good quality cutter.