Xikar, inspired by consumers wanting an affordable product that can deliver a consistent v-cut, has introduced the VX Metal V-Cut cutter, and it doesn't disappoint.
First seen at last year's IPCPR trade show, the VX Metal V-cut sports a cast-aluminum body that is a similar material to the company's popular Xi1 tear-dropped shaped cutter. The aluminum is a significant step up from the company's other cat's eye cutter, the Wolf V-Cut, which is made of plastic, as it feels more stable in the fingers.
Always the innovator, Xikar has constructed the VX's blades so that they perform what executive vice president of sales Jerry Dear calls "a reverse v-cut," as opposed to a more traditional straight v-cut. During the reverse v-cut, the sides of the blades begin cutting the cigar before the part of the blade that cuts the cap ever reaches the cap. The result is a smooth cut across the cap that does not penetrate as deep into the cigar's filler as the traditional straight v-cut.
The VX is capable of accommodating cigars up to 64 ring gauge, and a depression in the molded body means the VX can double as a cigar holder in a pinch.
Xikar offers the VX Metal V-Cut in either a gunmetal or silver color. The VX sells for the suggested retail price of $49.99, and as with all Xikar products, is covered by the company's lifetime warranty.