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The Art of Cutting and lighting a Cigar

So you've chosen the perfect cigar to enjoy with your favourite tipple and now you have to navigate cutting and lighting the precious hand crafted stogie.

As always you have plenty of options, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The best method for you will depend on your personal preferences and the type of cigar you're smoking. Here are the most common cuts:

Straight Cut:

  • This is the most classic and traditional cut, made with a guillotine cutter. It removes a clean disc from the cap,creating a larger opening for airflow.


  • This cut uses a V-shaped cutter to remove a wedge from the cap. It creates a wider opening than a straight cut,allowing for more airflow and a cooler smoke.

 Punch Cut:

  • This cut uses a punch tool to remove a small circle of tobacco from the cap. It creates a smaller opening than a straight cut or V-cut, providing a tighter draw and more concentrated flavor.


  • This is the most basic and informal method, simply using your teeth to bite off the cap. It's not recommended for expensive cigars or for beginners, as it can easily damage the cigar.

Pros: Quick and easy, no need for a cutter, look like a manly man!

Cons: Can damage the cigar, may not create a clean cut, can be messy.

Ultimately, the best way to cut a cigar is the way that you enjoy it most. Experiment with different cuts and see what you like best. Remember, there's no right or wrong answer, so have fun and enjoy the process!


  • Use a sharp cutter to avoid tearing the wrapper.

  • Cut just enough to remove the cap, don't take off too much tobacco.

  • If you're not sure how much to cut, start with a small cut and you can always take more off later.

Now that its cut, now to add a flame and get that thing burning!! As always you have a couple of options-

Using a butane lighter:

  • This is the most popular method, as it is quick, easy, and reliable.

  • Choose a lighter with a soft flame, such as a torch lighter, to avoid scorching the cigar.

  • Hold the lighter at a distance of about an inch from the foot of the cigar (the end you light).

  • Rotate the cigar slowly over the flame, so that the entire foot is evenly toasted.

  • Once the foot is glowing red, take a slow, gentle puff to light the cigar.

Using matches:

  • Matches can be a more traditional and stylish way to light a cigar, but they can also be tricky to use.

  • Use wooden matches, as they have a less harsh flavor than sulfur matches.

  • Strike two matches together to create a wider flame.

  • Hold the match at a distance of about an inch from the foot of the cigar and rotate the cigar slowly over the flame.

  • Once the foot is glowing red, blow out the match and take a slow, gentle puff to light the cigar.

Using a cedar splint:

  • This is a very traditional method that is rarely used today.

  • Cedar splints are small pieces of cedar wood that are used to light cigars.

  • To use a cedar splint, light one end of the splint and hold it to the foot of the cigar.

  • The cedar will transfer its flame to the cigar.

Using a charcoal lighter:

  • Charcoal lighters are small cubes of charcoal that are used to light cigars.

  • To use a charcoal lighter, hold it to the flame of a lighter or match until it is glowing red.

  • Hold the glowing charcoal to the foot of the cigar until it is lit.

Tips for lighting a cigar:

  • Don't puff too hard when lighting your cigar, as this can cause it to burn unevenly.

  • Take slow, gentle puffs to keep the cigar lit.

  • Don't relight your cigar too often, as this can make it taste bitter.

  • Let your cigar rest between puffs to allow the flavor to develop.

Now its cut, lit and ready to enjoy. Why are you still here? Smoke it!!

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