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Cleaning Your Cigar Cutter

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

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Let’s be honest. Most of us do not ever think about cleaning our cigar cutters. Since my livelihood revolves around the cigar industry, I cut a fair amount of cigars at my office. There are certain brands I’m expected to test at the office and then there are those that I simply enjoy smoking on my own time. It’s safe to say that my cigar cutter gets a pretty good workout. The Silver Cutters are my personal favorite brand of cutters for a number of reasons. They have hard, sharp blades, cut cleanly, and I do not have to worry about them going dull on me.

However, about three weeks ago, I noticed that the head on the cigar I was cutting was shredding more than it usually does with my favorite cutters. For the first time, I also noticed that there was a pretty substantial build up of tar on the blades of my cutter. Sometimes, the oils that are found in the tobaccos of your cigar are going to leave some residue on the blades of your cutter. If you’re like me and use the same cutter day in and day out, these oils are eventually going to accumulate and stain your cutter blades.

If you’re seeing these telltale signs on your cutter, then it’s time to give it a good cleaning. It doesn’t matter how sharp the blades are. Accumulated buildup is going to interfere with how neatly your cutters are able to perform.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution when it comes to cleaning a cigar cutter. All you are going to need to have is a cotton ball that has been doused in rubbing alcohol. Apply the cotton ball to the stains, rub gently, and watch them disappear just like magic. After cleaning my cutter like so, it was working like a dream once more. It doesn’t matter how expensive or inexpensive your cigar cutter is. It should be cleaned at least once a month. If you smoke as often as I do, it should be cleaned once every two weeks.

The same general rule set also applies to cigar scissors and punch cutters. This is particularly important with punch cutters. Punch cutters have a circular blade. If tar or other residue builds up on the edges of the blade, it makes it difficult for you to achieve a clean punch. In some cases, it can even ruin the head of your cigar.

As we all know, even the best cigar cutters are going to dull over time. However, you will find that if you take the time to clean your cigar cutter on a regular basis, it will last for much longer than it normally would.

 

Photo credit via Wikimedia Commons.

via http://www.cigaranado.com/blog/cleaning-your-cigar-cutter/

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