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What are the pros and cons of using a bullet, or punch, cutter?
Posted: November 11, 2013

There are certainly more cons when it comes to a quality cut.

The most obvious con is that a bullet, also called a punch, cutter is virtually impossible to use on a belicoso, torpedo or pyramid. Unlike a guillotine, bullet cutters make small, circular openings in the cap of a cigar, typically about half the diameter of a dime. This small cut can cause problems, especially in the latter stages of smoking a cigar.

Small openings exacerbate the accumulation of moisture and tars near the head of the cigar, so a cigar cut with a bullet or a piercer is more likely to grow bitter early in the smoke than a cigar cut by a guillotine. And since bullet cutters work by tunneling into the body of the cigar, you have to be careful not to press too hard. If you apply too much pressure, you may split the cap of the cigar.

On the pro side, bullet cutters are fine if you tend to smoke only parejos. They're also a good choice if you dislike the sensation of tasting the cut head of a cigar in your mouth, and prefer the feel of the smoother cigar cap.

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Comments   2 comment(s)

JACK BETTRIDGE — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  November 14, 2013 5:13pm ET

Pro: It's neater. Bits of tobacco won't fly all over the place.

Con: The circular blade dulls quickly.

Pro: You won't accidentally cut your finger off while searching for it in your pocket.

Con: You can't use it to cut errant threads off your suit.

Kevin D. Bay — Lebanon, Tennessee, US,  —  November 15, 2013 1:02pm ET

I have a bullet punch that I bought about 10 years ago from Davidoff and it fits on a key ring. Never has dulled and if your cigars are at proper humidity and you don't press on the top of the cigar too much I prefer this. I usually smoke a Toro size cigar.

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