How To Cut (Or Punch) A Cigar

Be Prepared

Get a quality cigar cutter or punch. Some may like cigar scissors. These are good for people with smaller hands because you don’t have to spread your fingers as far as with a cutter. If you don’t have the appropriate tools or don’t cut where you are supposed to your wrapper will unravel and it may be bothersome while you smoke. It is essential that the cut be clear and regular.

Closely look at the head of the cigar (the part that is covered and that you are supposed to put in your mouth). You will see the cap, which is a round piece of tobacco that is glued to the head to keep the wrapper together. Make sure you see where the cap ends, which is marked by a distinct line. Note: While most will, not all cigars have a distinctive head cap. I’m smoking a Kristoff Maduro Robusto right now. These are tied in a knot at the head. And of course there are torpedoes, perfectos, campanas, culebras, etc…(I could go on).

Perfect Cigar Cut

Cut just before the cap leaving about 1/8 of an inch  to avoid tearing the wrapper. Tip: On figurados (like some of the exceptions above) just cut off enough so you can see the filler. To get the best results, try cutting in one quick, strong movement.


If you are using a bullet punch cutter, all you need to do is insert the punch on the head of the cigar to cleanly cut a small hole. If you prefer lots of smoke, you just need to insert the punch several times at slightly different places of the cap to cut a bigger hole. You can conveniently carry your bullet punch cutter around using the key ring attachment, but obviously, you cannot use this type of cutter on Figurado shapes.

The next step, of course is put the cigar in your mouth, and fire it up…

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