Cigar Accessories and Preferences

Part of the smoking experience includes the accessories you use. They play a role not only in our style and attitude, but also a large part to how our cigar tastes. When it comes to preferences, there isn’t a right or wrong- just what you enjoy best.

For me, I find the most control and best experience when I use my scissors and a natural butane flame or single torch. All the items you see here in this video are from Xikar. I love the combination of style and function in their accessories- they also have a lifetime warranty!

The scissors are an elegant tool with a lot of control. You can make as large or as little as a cut as needed. I tend to take small cuts; you can always take away more and if the cigar happens to have an easy draw, then you have room to work with. I’ve been using the scissors for a long time and find them very comfortable, so it isn’t too often that I go to another style of cutter. In the past I have also enjoyed a punch or a v-cut. Again, it is a matter of preference. Each style of cut will give you a different experience. You may choose to take advantage of the different styles of cuts for different styles of cigars.

When it comes to lighting your cigar, my favorite is a natural soft flame. I like the traditional feel and how easy it is to control the heat. I never want to scorch my cigar, and with some of these large (and even multiple)  flames it can feel like too much heat at once. I like watching the tobacco dance on top of the flame, personally. It’s such a beautiful thing.

I also do enjoy using single torch lighters. Generally I will use them for touching up my cigar if needed, but if I am outside then I will use a torch to light my cigar as well. Wind can be frustrating and the experience should be a relaxing one. If I’m smoking a larger ring gauge then I don’t mind having more than one flame, but I think two flames is as high as I will go for myself. Any more than that and I feel as though I am dealing with too much heat. For some cigars the multiple flames are a benefit for giving an even level of heat- a blade of heat to light with. This is again where preference comes into play.

Where do you stand when it comes to cutters and lighters- what are you preferences? Most importantly, I want to hear why you enjoy the ones you do. I think it will be interesting to see, and we may all discover something new in the works!

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  2. Brian
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 21:33:11

    What model is the natural flame lighter you use? Thanks.

  3. Carl
    Dec 25, 2010 @ 11:28:55

    Agree with you about the more calm fire to light up inside. I prefer then matches, wood sticks (that I fire up by a candle) or cedar. Outside here it is basically always windy, so torch is the way to go. For cutters I have both but I also prefer scissor style mostly because it can take all ring sizes.

  4. Steve
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 04:40:26

    Hi there!

    I’m a big fan from Scotland, been following your vids since I started smoking cigars about a year or so ago. With regards to accessories, I love my Palio cutter. It’s a guillotine cutter with curved, surgical steel blades that I can use in a similar way to your scissors, taking little snips off the cap as needed. The cutter also has a curve to it so can be used to place your cigar on if outside or using a small ashtray. With regards to a lighter, I do prefer a single or double torch flame. I find that control of the heat is just a matter of how far you hold the lighter away from the foot of the cigar and as you mention, they are good for touching up the burn line. I really need to buy a good one though as I’ve only had cheap ones so far that tend to break down! The third must have accessory is of course a great drink to go with the smoke! Obviously, being from Scotland, I love my whisky (Talisker, Lagavulin and Dalmore being my favourites) but right now I am totally in love with Ron Zacapa, Solera 23 rum. It’s just beautiful, almonds, rasins, dark fruit, vanilla and heaps of muscovado sugar.

    Anyway, I’m rambling on a bit! I feel a must give a mention to http://www.ukcigarforums.com where I am a member as it is full of great advice and fantastic people.

    Take care!

  5. Hogman21
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 08:09:57

    Enjoyed the video as always. I prefer the Xikar scissors over anything like you stated you have more control as for lighter I stick with double or triple flame since I tend to smoke big ring gauge cigars. Keep up the great work.

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