How Many Cigars Can A Cheap Cigar Cutter Cut?
There are A LOT of cigar accessories out there. When you’re looking for a new one, an important question to ask is – for how long will this work for me? That’s exactly what I’m setting out today to learn about the Cigars Daily Cutter from Vertigo Cigar Accessories. The cutter itself sells for $6.99, which is pretty affordable. Now let’s see how many cigars you can count on cutting with it.
Two words that perfectly define the world we live in today – planned obsolescence. Plainly put, it means things are designed to break. Everything from car tires to tooth brushes are made with a specific shelf life in mind. Certainly cigar accessories are no exception. And cigar accessories are available at every level of quality and price. Believe it or not, there are $300 cigar cutters out there. And people actually buy them too. It’s mind blowing.
One thing that makes a little more sense, at least in my mind, are the affordable every day use items like the Cigars Daily double blade cutter, which retails for $9.99 (though we sell them for $6.99). It’s not the greatest cutter in the world, but it’ll get the job done… for a while at least. And that’s exactly what I want to put to the test today. I want to see exactly how many cigars this low price accessory will reliably cut before it starts to show signs of dulling out.
The the experiment in the video, I take a handful of Dark Habano wrapped, long filler, 5×50 Robustos and begin by cutting the cap just as you would if you were going to smoke a cigar. Then I proceed to take another cut, followed by another, then another, and so on. Eventually I’m able to dice up the entire cigar with my $6.99 little cutter.
What amazes me about the first fully chopped cigar is that it takes 100 CUTS to get all the way through a 5×50. That gives a pretty cool insight into exactly how little of the cigar should be cut when going to light one up – 1/100th. Anytime you set out to enjoy a cigar, it should be your goal to remove as little tobacco as possible. You really just want to create airflow, which is already there minus the cap.
As I cut through the second cigar, I notice a small crack in the wrapper. This is exactly what I am looking for as a sign that the blades are beginning to dull out. However, this crack seems to me that it could be the result of mashing the cigar into the cutter a little to hard. So I’ll continue cutting from this point. If I can move past this crack without making it worse, I will keep going.
What I’m really looking for here is a crack that is produced by the cutting motion. And that’s exactly what I get almost half way into dicing the third cigar. At cut 328 the pressure of the dulling blades produces a big crack (about a half inch long) right down the side of the wrapper leaf. It’s the first certain sign of dulling, and as far as I’m comfortable claiming this cutter will be effective. That means you can smoke a cigar every single day for nearly a year, and this cutter should remain very reliable to give you a nice clean cut every time.
328 cuts is a pretty impressive feat for this little device. I have seen cutters that are a lot better… but I have also seen many that are A LOT worse, and surprisingly most of them cost more than $6.99! It’s a bizarre world we live in these days, but if you’re looking for a good and affordable cigar cutter. I’d recommend this one. Hell, I put our name on the thing. I think it’s a good addition to any cigar collection.