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A good cigar cutter serves an essential purpose in the preparation of your cigar. Maximum enjoyment from a perfect-burning smoke or an unraveling mess are a simple snip away from your lips. Blundering your cigar cut can cause massive discomfort in your mouth or even lead to a crooked burn or the possibility that your cigar will come unraveled while you’re smoking it. Imagine the mess of ashes you’ll make all over your shirt and your buddy’s sofa. Your girlfriend will look away and pretend to not know you. Executing a precision cut on your cigar is guaranteed when you have the correct equipment. Luckily, we have a tremendous inventory of cool cigar cutters at great prices to get the job done right.

The best cigar cutters deliver a flawless draw and won’t mangle the head of your cigar when you’re cutting the cap off. There are a handful of popular cutting styles that cigar lovers swear by, including guillotine, punch, and V-cutter models. We’ve compiled a list of our top-rated cigar cutters below. They say you should “never bring a knife to a gun fight,” but a razor-sharp blade is indispensable if you plan to shoot out perfectly manicured smoke rings at your next herf. A quality cigar cutter can spare your cigar-smoking image and make you look like a pro, or potentially even a hero, to pals who wish they could look as cool smoking as you do.

#1 - Guillotine Cutters

Function, price and cool-factor conveniently merge in a Savoy Steel Cutter. Choose either a black or chrome finish and cut your cigars with the seamless snap Savoy delivers at a great value. Savoy cutters are outfitted in a firm alloy housing and come with a sleek leather sheath for under $30.

Double guillotine blades housed in a locking, spring-loaded aluminum shell make the Xikar Xi1 Cutter as practical and durable as it is ergonomic. It will cut any 54-ring cigar in half, and can neatly take the cap off cigars that are up to a 60-ring gauge. Choose from a big selection of colorful finishes for around $56 and get an unlimited number of flawless cigar cuts thanks to Xikar’s lifetime warranty.

When you’re in search of uncontested exquisiteness in a cigar cutter, perhaps because you’re purchasing a gift for an avid connoisseur, or you simply prefer the substantial feel of polished steel in your hand, the Davidoff Hairline Chrome Cutter is poised to cut the next cigar in its crosshairs with flawless precision. Extravagance is unmistakable with the seamless sliding action and meticulous accuracy of Davidoff cutters. Cut up to 56-ring gauge cigar with a lavish device that goes for around $300. Or, if you’re a bona fide devotee of Fuente fanatic, the Fuente Fuente Opus X Rose Gold Cutter delivers just as much prestige for under $72. A matte-black finish with rose gold accents features interlocking double-guillotine precision and dressed in iconic Opus X insignias.

Convenience can never be underestimated, especially when your cigar-pilfering pals like to swipe an occasional cutter from your man cave. Your average cigar cutter isn’t always a cheap investment, so come prepared for sticky fingers with a 5-Pack of Holt’s Guillotine Cutters. Function, economy, and reliability cover your cigar-cutting bases in almost any circumstance thanks to a price tag that gets you a pack of cutters for your glove box, golf bag, desk drawer and practically every jacket pocket in your closet for less than ten bucks, son!

#2 - Punch Cutters

When you need a reliable bullet for your keyring, the Visol Odair Punch Cutter is a great, inexpensive option. The Odair Punch bears the classic hallmarks of pricier punch cutters with a dressy look and consistent twist action, however, the Visol brand will set you back less than $15. The black acrylic and chrome finish look cool in any cigar cutting scenario and your pals will never guess what you paid.

Deliver a quick punch to your favorite cigar with the easy action of a Xikar 009 Punch Cutter. The recessed blade emerges with the slight pressure of a simple pull and seamlessly recedes with an easy push. The Xikar 009 is equipped with a keyring and is available in a variety of sleek, contemporary finishes for around $36. Cut every cigar at your next herf thanks to Xikar’s lifetime warranty.

#3 - V-Cutters

The Colibri brand has been synonymous with attractive cigar accessories for decades. Strike the cap from your next smoke in a perfect cat’s eye with the contoured shape and rubberized grip of the Colibri V-Cutter. A razor-sharp blade delivers a flawless draw on a variety of cigar formats, including Torpedo and 60-ring gauge options. The hefty profile and locking blade ensure flawless V-cut every time you pull it out. Choose from a handful of popular finishes.

Fans of the wedge cut will love the Xikar VX V-Cutter. An inverted stainless steel blade sets the VX apart from all other V-Cutters as it will not inadvertently shred the cap on your cigar. The VX design reverses the pressure point that complicates a typical V-Cutter, as the outer edges of the blade slide forward ahead of the apex. Seamlessly cut up to a 64-ring gauge cigar. The VX is available in a handful of sleek and sporty aluminum finishes and includes the brand’s unconditional lifetime warranty.

#4 - Cigar Scissors

The Xikar MTX Cutter is more than a simple cigar scissors. The MTX hosts a variety of utilitarian tools, including a bottle opener, small screwdriver, cigar poker, and a flame adjuster for your lighter. Snip the cap on an incredibly fat cigar thanks to razor-sharp dual blades that open wide. The lightweight stainless steel design fastens to a key ring and folds up with ease, making it one of the only pocket-friendly cigar scissors in existence. A lifetime Xikar warranty is the icing on the cake.

Credo Dual Cut Scissors cost less than ten bucks and include 2 distinct ring-gauge options. If you’re primarily a smoker of fat cigars who prefers an occasional Lancero, or vice versa, Credo Scissors can satisfy your whims with a lightweight, durable design at an accessible price.

#5 - Big-Ring Cutters

Go big or go home with the beefy profile of a big, fat cigar thanks to the clean, precision cut a Xikar X8 Cutter delivers. No job is too tough for a cutter that can siphon off the cap from up to a whopping 70-ring gauge cigar. Your pals are guaranteed to wonder if you invited Marie Antoinette to your next herf. Execute every cut with an awe-inspiring, razor-sharp performance courtesy of Xikar’s signature stainless steel blades and a lifetime warranty.

Is It Better to Cut or Punch a Cigar?

Whether you prefer a straight cut or a punch on your cigar is a matter of personal choice. A punch cut will provide a tighter, more concentrated draw while a straight cut offers a looser draw with more air flow and smoke production. Knowing how to cut your cigar correctly will make a difference in how it smokes.

The shape of your cigar will also influence what kind of cut you should choose. A Torpedo or Pyramid, for example, tapers sharply to a point at the head and, therefore, it isn’t feasible to use a bullet cutter. Thicker, big ring gauge cigars will be tougher to pull on with a single punch cut.

If you like an easier draw with less effort, always choose a straight cutter. If want a hotter draw with an added concentration of flavor, then a punch cutter will be best. Check out our video on How to Cut & Light a Cigar to make sure you’ve got the hang of it.


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