The ceremony of cutting a cigar with scissors makes a bold statement. But with that declaration usually comes a compromise. Most scissors are table models, scaled for smoking lounges or patios. But on your person they feel like you’re lugging around pruning shears. Before you trade off sophistication for portabilty just because you’re stepping out, consider these travel-sized versions that put panache in your pocket.
Davidoff’s Scissors Pocket Cutter (at top, $285) puts all the stately elegance of the company’s full-sized scissors in a diminutive package (under 4 1/4 inches long, weighing 1.5 ounces). Yet it still cuts cigars up to 48 ring gauge. Made in France of polished stainless steel with half-moon finger holes, the cutter has a leather case, which protects it from clashes with other accessories in your pocket.
If you’re looking for a bit of heft, try the 1.8-ounce, 4 2/3 inch cutter from Sisuman (at left, 49.90 euros, about $61), the Finnish company that markets men’s lifestyle accessories. The stainless-steel cutter sports trapezoidal finger holes. With its formidable hand feel, it delivers clean cuts on cigars up to 60 ring gauge.
The paragon of stealth is Xikar’s MTX Multi-Tool Cigar Cutter, which cuts cigars up to 56 ring (at right, $59.99). It has a length of 4 1/4 inches, but collapses to 2 1/4 and weighs but an ounce. With it comes a few tricks. Hidden in its foldable design is a cigar poker, two screwdrivers and a bottle opener, all of which pivot from the handles. The MTX is available in chrome silver, black and bead blast. A metal ring attaches it to a keychain.