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Xikar: Tricks of the Trade

How to cut a cigar with a double guillotine 
To make the ‘perfect cut’ with a double guillotine cutter, try laying your cutter on the table and standing your cigar up vertically. This will ensure that you will not cut too much off of the cap. The cap of the cigar is the circular piece of tobacco covering one end of your cigar to secure the wrapper. When cutting, your goal is to open up the cap without cutting past the shoulder. The shoulder of the cigar is a visible line where the cap and body meet. If you cut beyond this seam, it could cause your cigar to unravel. Simply set your standing cigar in the cutter lying on the table and firmly squeeze the cutter closed. This ’perfect cut’ technique is easy for beginners and recommended because it is better to initially cut too little than to cut too much.

How to light with a soft flame
soft flame allows more control with a slower and cooler burn which reduces the risk of scorching the wrapper. The hottest part of the flame is invisible and just above the top of the visible flame. First, you must place the flame under the cigar at an approximate 45? angle towards you while holding the cigar at that same angle. This will help you only light the foot of the cigar without accidentally scorching the wrapper. While puffing, the cigar should be rotated over the flame to ensure the foot is evenly lit. Finally, blow on the end of the cigar to make sure the embers are well lit and create an even ash.