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Cutting a cigar: A practical guide

I was recently reading a guide on cutting a cigar and the instructions were to cut an 1/8th of an inch from the top.  I’ve never measured an 1/8th inch off my cigar and so found the article confusing.  The way I was taught to cut a cigar is much easier than measuring. Cigars have a built in cut line.  That location is a line created by the cap.  The cap is the final touch to a cigar, placed on the head, it keeps the wrapper from unraveling on a hand made cigar.  Just look for this cap line and cut above it, toward the head of the cigar.  It is generally best to cut the least amount off a cigar, because cutting below the cap line can hurt the construction of the cigar and may even cause the wrapper to unravel.  Consider thinking of it as shaving the cigar instead of cutting it. 

With a cigar in which the head comes to a point, often referred to as a torpedo, Belicoso, or Pyramid, the same holds true.  There is a cap line there as well.  Now this line doesn’t always run horizontally like the round-capped cigars – sometimes it runs upward like a stripe on a candy cane – but more often than not the cap line will run like a round capped cigar.  And sometimes there will be more than one line.  In this case I recommend cutting at the highest line.  I try to cut as little off my torpedo cigars as possible.  A torpedo is designed to have a smaller opening than other cigars.  That small opening causes the smoke to meld together better and create a smoother more complex smoke.  So, if place a shallow cut on a cigar and feel you’re not getting as much smoke as you would like, simply cut a little more.  My motto when cutting a cigar is: you can always cut more – never less. Now that being said, here is one of the greatest rules in the cigar world: there really are no rules, merely suggestions.  Which means if you like a deep cut, then cut as much as you wish but the likelihood of the cigar unraveling will increase.
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