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!