Carbon fiber is popular in the world of cigar accessories, but to this point the elegant finish has been limited to either black or silver. Not anymore.
Colibri, the exclusive distributor of Lamborghini cigar accessories to the United States, has introduced a striking red and black carbon-fiber finish, an industry-first, on its Les Mans cutter and Forza lighter. When held under light, the red catches fire and turns a brilliant, eye-catching orange, fitting for a product that carries the Lamborghini name.
The performance of the Forza lighter and the Les Mans cutter, which was used by Gordon Mott and David Savona in each of the Top 10 cigar of 2012 videos, is also notable.
The Les Mans cutter is a single-guillotine that operates vertically and features a 60 ring gauge opening. The sharp blade is spring-loaded and released by a silver button that can be operated with the push of a thumb. The cutter’s action is smooth, and while there is some play in the sliding mechanism, this does not affect the overall cut.
The Forza lighter is a single-flame butane that sports a prominent ignition on its body that takes its cue from Lamborghini. The large, black button is covered with a nice rubber grip and resembles the "start" ignition button found in many Lamborghini models.
Lighting is simple: the user flicks back a metal cap atop the lighter and pushes the ignition with his thumb. A distinct click is heard and, with the ferocity of an Italian engine, a strong, adjustable windproof flame emerges from the top. A nice design element of the Forza is the fuel window on the body that changes the clear color of butane fuel to red so a user can easily discern how much gas is left in the lighter’s tank.
Les Mann, executive vice president of Colibri, says the suggested retail price of the new red and black carbon finish Les Mans cutter is $125, while the Forza lighter sells for $150. Both are available at your local tobacconist.