Everyone has a drawer full of knives- a knife for every purpose- a bread knife, a chef's knife, paring knife, maybe a cleaver and of course a set of bread & butter knives. Which one would you use to slice a tomato?
Safe bet is you wouldn't be using a bread & butter knife. One could compare the skin of a fresh tomato with the wrapper of a premium cigar. Both serve to protect its delicate interior. A dull knife is like a cheap cigar cutter.
The basic-plastic cigar cutters are great promotional items and for the first 2 or 3 cuts might do a decent job trimming the end of a cigar. They are also great to have as emergency cutters for the car or your travel bag (check in luggage). Past that they shouldn't be seen anywhere near your cigars. The guillotine cutter is a replica of the execution contraption used to behead traitors, spies and people who told the King how to cut his cigars.
The iris action of a curved double-bladed cigar cutter comes in from gentle angles that encase the contour of the cigar to deliver a more surgical cut leaving behind no rough edges of tobacco, no broken, shattered or unravelling cigar wrapper plus you have much more control over your cut. Above all that, your cigar will look better and feel better in your mouth, in your hand, in the ashtray and that Xikar cutter in your hand will last you a lifetime.
Prices for a good Xikar cutter starts around $55- why wouldn't you own one? If your cigars are not of the style where you bite the end off, then get yourself a quality cigar cutter- you'll be glad you did. It would definitely make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas, too!
by Nico C Garcia