Smoke Rings University – How to cut a cigar –

– Welcome to Smoke Rings University. My name’s Tim Vanderpool,
I am the cigar specialist for, as
well as the retail manager of our brick and mortar location, Low Country Pip and Cigar, located in Little River, South Carolina. So today’s the first installment, we’re gonna go over on how to cut a cigar, different methods of cutting a cigar. I know this is routine knowledge
for most cigar smokers, but it’s never a bad thing
to get a refresher course. And for the people that
are new to the industry, if they don’t wanna ask
questions because they might feel like they’re gonna
be looked down upon, or ridiculed for not
knowing how to cut a cigar, this is gonna be a video for you, so that you don’t look
bad when you’re going into a cigar store for the first time. So please enjoy, and keep
checking back with us, for more videos in the near future. The first method we’re gonna demonstrate is the cigar punch or bullet punch. It is the easiest method to master. There are many styles
of punches available, but theoretically they are all the same. Sharp, cylindrical shaped cutting devices ranging in different diameters. The how-to on this is gently
touch the tip of the punch to the center of the cigar. And then, with a twisting motion, plunge the cutter into the cigar. The key to this style of
cut is the twisting motion. Without it, you run a
risk of cracking the cigar or crushing it in your hand. I found the punch method to
provide the perfect amount of draw for a corona-size cigar. But you can apply it to any
ring gage or shape of cigar, including a torpedo. Cigars of a particular
large ring gage can also be punched multiple times,
cutting out a larger surface area to ensure maximum draw. The second method we’re gonna discuss is the V cut or wedge cut. It may be the easiest
way of cutting a cigar. The cutter comes to a triangular point, so there is no way to cut
off too much of the cigar. Start by simply pushing
the cigar into the opening of the cutter, until
it touches the surface. Then, with an abrupt motion,
simply squeeze the cutter together, and voila,
you have a perfect cut. Another version of this
method is called the X cut. First, perform one V cut
as we discussed before, and then rotate the cigar 90 degrees, and perform a second V cut. The result will yield you two
V cuts that form an X pattern. The third and final
method we’re gonna discuss is the Guillotine cutter,
or straight blade cut. There are multiple
different types of these, but the two basics are
single blade or double blade. This is the most widely used
form of cutting a cigar. It removes a thin slice
from the head of the cigar, and opens up the entire surface area, allowing to fully draw on the cigar. The key to a successful guillotine cut, is after you have the cigar
in your area you need, gently squeeze the blades
closed until they just touch the cigar wrapper, barely biting into it. Then, twist the entire cigar
with the cutter held in place. This technique will evenly
lacerate the wrapper. After this key step, quickly
and smoothly squeeze the cutter together and lop off the cap of the cigar, discarding the removed portion. Guillotine cutting is
the most efficient method but also the easiest to mess up. With bullet and V cuts, you
don’t risk removing too much, but with a guillotine cutter, it is very easy to over-cut. Unlike golf, never be
afraid to come up short with a guillotine cutter. If you didn’t remove enough
of the cap the first time, you can always trim it up
after your initial cut.