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How to Cut a Cigar

How to Cut a Cigar

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

Cutting a cigar can be a surprisingly complex process if you are doing it for the first time. This is further complicated by the fact that there are many types of cigarette shapes and cutters. However, using the right cutter and following the right procedure can make it a lovely experience. But this need not be a challenge anymore because you can follow this guide to help you learn how to make the perfect cut.

Parts of a Cigar

In order to cut a cigar properly, it is important to understand its anatomy. See the image outlining the main parts of a cigar below:

parts of a cigar

Unlike the common cigarette that uses a paper wrapper with a filter on one end, a cigar is simply a tightly rolled tobacco leaves. On one end is the open section referred to as the “foot” while the other is a “cap”. The cap section is the one that goes into your mouth when smoking a cigar.

The aim of cutting the cap is creating a smooth opening without damaging the cigar. You need a cut for a smooth draw without damaging the main wrapper. When cutting the cigar, it is also important to make it quick to avoid fraying.

Types of Cigar Cutters

Though there are main types of cutters in the market, the following four are the common ones:

  • Guillotine: This is the most common type of cutter in the market today. It is double-bladed and slices the cigar from both ends.
  • Punch: This cutter looks like a bullet and punches holes at the cigar cap as opposed to snipping. Therefore, the cutter is considered less destructive.
  • Shuriken Cutter: This cutter looks like a big capsule featuring multiple razors. When you place the cup of the cigar on the capsule, the blades slit around to make an even opening.

Making a Perfect Cut

With a clear understanding of the cigar outlook and the right cutter at hand, it is time to make that perfect cut. Here are some useful tips to help you:

  • Locate the cigar cap: The cap is simply one edge of the cigar that comprises of a small amount of tobacco for holding the cigar together. This cap is what you should cut.
  • Position the Blades at the right position: Before cutting, it is important to place the blades only a few millimeters from the cup end. This will help to prevent fraying and keep the cigar together.
  • Make a fast cut: In order to get a clean cut, it is advisable to slush the cigar firmly and fast. Though it might not be necessarily straight, it will be clean and will not leave flecks of tobacco in the mouth.

NOTE: If your cigar looks dry, you might consider moistening the head. To do this, you simply need to place the cigar in the mouth. This will also help you to get the first taste of the cigar wrapper before lighting.


To enjoy a cigar, you need to start by nipping the cap. By understanding the architecture of a cigar and having the right cutter, it will only take a few trials to make perfect cuts. Well simply hold the cigar firmly, slash the cap with lightning speed, and voila! Your cigar is now ready.

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