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Cutting with Scissors

I can't seem to make a nice, clean cut with my new cigar scissors. What's the proper method to snip a cigar cap?
CA Staff
Posted: April 15, 2013

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Like with so many things in life, practice makes perfect.

While single- and double-bladed guillotine cutters are rather straightforward, cigar scissors take a bit more practice. While scissors are arguably the most elegant of all cutters, they are also the most difficult to master.

To start, you place your thumb in the circular hole on one of the scissor arms, and, depending on what model of scissors you have, you put your index, middle and ring fingers in the large and curved opening on the other.

Next, open the jaws of the scissors, place them at a slight angle to the head of the cigar, and close the jaws very slowly, bringing the cutter perpendicular to the top of the cigar as they close. The result is a clean, impressive cut. It takes a few tries to master the motion.

Watch this video for a visual demonstration on how to use a pair of cigar scissors.

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Comments   3 comment(s)

Joe Pellegrin April 18, 2013 7:34pm ET

That response seems sort of patronizing. April 24, 2013 2:26am ET

The video stated that the kind of cut is a personal preference determining the "feel of the cut in your mouth". But does the kind of cut influence the experienced taste?

Nathan Salaga August 5, 2013 12:25am ET

A smaller opening will intensify the flavor but can also limit air flow through a cigar causing tar build-up and harsh flavor. Only go with a small cut on torpedoes and figuratos of high quality (Opus or Padron 1964 as an example) as they tend to not to be as prone to getting harsh. And if it does get harsh, hold a flame under the end of the cigar and blow out to purge excess tar build-up.

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