So, how does one correctly cut a cigar? There are several ways that you can cut a cigar. The important thing is to get a good cut so you can enjoy the cigar. Before we continue, we recommend that you read the sections on cigar anatomy and cigar shapes. These two sections will give you the basics of cigar construction and shapes.
Another thing that is important when learning how to cut a cigar is having a quality cigar cutter. You can learn more about the different types of cigar cutters here.
The first (and most common) type of cut is the straight cut. A single or double bladed guillotine, and cigar scissors can perform this cut. When you cut the cigar with one of these cutters, you want to identify the “head of the cigar”. Typically, you will cut the cigar 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch down from the head of the cigar on a parejo shaped cigar and 1/4 of an inch down on a figurado shaped cigar.
An easy way to identify on a parejo shaped cigar is to cut where the cap starts turning down into the body of the cigar sometimes called the “shoulder”. You want to cut right above that shoulder. It is important that you do not cut too far down on the head of the cigar as this will cause a bad cut and has the potential to cause the wrapper to unravel and ruin a perfectly good smoke.
Once you have identified where you will cut you want to place the head of the cigar into the cutting area at this spot. Once you are satisfied with the blade placement on the cigar you want to use a decisive quick cutting motion to provide a wide-open cut across the head of the cigar.
These are the steps of how to cut a cigar using the straight cutting method.
The “V-cut” is a cut that is best used on a parejo shaped cigar. This type of cut would be difficult on a figurado shaped cigar. This cut allows you to penetrate deeper into the filler than you would with a straight cut. Similar techniques are used when cutting a cigar with a V-cut that you would with a straight cut.
You want to place the head of the cigar into the cutter. It is important that you hold the cigar into position so the v-cut cuts all the way across the head of the cigar. Once you have the cigar in place you want to use a decisive quick cutting motion to ensure the v-cut was successful.
These are the steps of a how to cut a cigar using the V-cut method.
This is probably one of the easier methods to cut a cigar. Granted you are not so much “cutting your cigar” as you are “punching a hole” into the head of the cigar. To use a punch you will place the cutting edge of the punch at the center of the head. At this point, you will apply pressure and twist into the head of the cigar.
Below you will find a video from Cigar Aficionado on how to cut a cigar.