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Sharpening the Cutter

How can I sharpen my cigar cutter?
Posted: December 23, 2013

Submitted via CigarAficionado.com

It depends on what kind of cutter you own.

If you own a Xikar or a Colibri, take it to the tobacconist where you bought it and ask them to forward it to the manufacturer for sharpening or contact the company yourself directly. While it's possible to sharpen part of the blade yourself, the casing prevents sharpening at the edges. To properly sharpen the entire blade, the casing must be removed. The manufacturer has the proper tools. Unfortunately, this can take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks.

If your cutter uses stainless steel blades, soak it in a cup of hot water until all the bits of tobacco are free and the gum is soaked off. This should take about an hour. Remove the cutter and dry it thoroughly with a towel. You can also use a blow dryer. The cutting action will be greatly improved.

If you have a dull, plastic, single-blade guillotine, throw it away and buy another one. There's no use ruining a premium cigar trying to avoid buying another $2 cutter.

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Raj B — Surrey, BC, Canada,  —  December 27, 2013 3:03pm ET

Thanks for the tip. It saved my stainless steel cutter.


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