What cut do you use?

Cakalac

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So the first few weeks of smoking I was getting in the groove of what "strength" sticks I could handle. While I'm a nicotine wimp because I have no prior smoking experience of 42yrs, I was finding my groove and finding the smokes I liked. I was using a regular straight cut. Over the last few weeks I have been using a V cut for my smokes. Does the "cut" you use have anything to do w/ how strong of an effect you may have from the smoke? In other words could the V cut make it harder to smoke from a nicotine strength standpoint?
 

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Not that I'm aware of, cut is more about draw flow and personal choice. I typically use a punch (small hole) but with heavier cigars do not as the smaller cut tends to build up tar. If this build up touches the tongue it's unpleasant.
 

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After wondering...I tried to research it and found this from Holts. I'm a novice so in reality, I'm just learning so I don't know. I just know since I've started using the V cut I've been unable to finish a mild cigar without getting too high. I'm going to go back to straight cut and see what happens.
 

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After wondering...I tried to research it and found this from Holts. I'm a novice so in reality, I'm just learning so I don't know. I just know since I've started using the V cut I've been unable to finish a mild cigar without getting too high. I'm going to go back to straight cut and see what happens.
What size cigar are you smoking?
 

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I would say that smaller cigars, would help this situation quite a lot. Nearly all major manufacturers make a smaller cigar. Some sold in tins but many find them to be the equal of the larger brethren.

Try a few half corona, you can always smoke more of them if you want a longer smoke.
 

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I would say that smaller cigars, would help this situation quite a lot. Nearly all major manufacturers make a smaller cigar. Some sold in tins but many find them to be the equal of the larger brethren.

Try a few half corona, you can always smoke more of them if you want a longer smoke.
Think of it like medication dosing. The more tobacco the more nicotine.
 

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I don't like a tight draw, I think I get more buzzed trying to repeatedly puff on a tight smoke than I do an easy puff on a better draw.

That said, just keep at it. You'll eventually get a bit of a tolerance built up and will be able to enjoy a wider variety of cigars. If you start getting buzzed, just slow down a little. I've only ever straight cut or faux-punch using an X-Acto to cut a circle into the cap. I've not noticed any difference in strength between those two methods.
 

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I don't like a tight draw, I think I get more buzzed trying to repeatedly puff on a tight smoke than I do an easy puff on a better draw.
This ^

Fighting to keep a cigar lit is a sure path to the nic sweats. Shipping on a sweet drink as you smoke will help too.
 

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I've got straight cutters, V-cutters, and a nice punch. I've tried them all on various cigars, but for me, opening up the cigar for smoking is the goal. Which is why 99 times out of 100, I reach for my Palio or Xikar dual blade straight cutters. Takes care and a little practice to do it right, but IMHO it's worth the effort. As they say, one man's opinion.....
 

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Over the years I have used in most cases a simple straightforward cutting tool or a V-cut tool.
Now, due to poor construction and manufacturing of some cigars, and my enjoyment of small gauge cigars.
I have recently been using exclusively a cigar punch and a retractable cigar piercer.. It helps with poor and tight construction problems especially at the head of the cigar.652CD870-71F7-4F5B-8D65-5EEF090C1BAD.jpeg
 
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Over the years I have used in most cases a simple straightforward cutting tool or a V-cut tool.
Now, due to poor construction and manufacturing of some cigars, and my enjoyment of small gauge cigars.
I have recently been using exclusively a cigar punch and a retractable cigar piercer.. It helps with poor and tight construction problems especially at the head of the cigar.
That's pretty cool too the piercing tool. Don't hear much about those
 

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I have tried most of the cuts over the years. I used to love the punch, but for a long time now I have been using the V-cut. I find it is a nice clean cut. I do not believe there is any impact to the strength of a cigar based on the cut, at least I have never noticed any. There are other things though like if you are smoking on an empty stomach, etc that would impact your reaction to a cigar.
 

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Either a V or a straight cut. Although my straight cuts are very rarely straight.😂
 

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All depends on the cigar but it’ll be a straight cutter or a punch of which I have two sizes which great…..thanks for the idea @tone-ny!
 

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I have tried most of the cuts over the years. I used to love the punch, but for a long time now I have been using the V-cut. I find it is a nice clean cut. I do not believe there is any impact to the strength of a cigar based on the cut, at least I have never noticed any. There are other things though like if you are smoking on an empty stomach, etc that would impact your reaction to a cigar.
I almost totally agree 👍 V-cut is the most natural way to receive a clean open smoke. With very limited damage.

Over the years I watched some individuals whom have a “Doctorate of Cigar Slicing” amputate a Robusto with a sophisticated guillotine maneuver. I just don’t have the dexterity or am I self-assured to do it exactly %100.

So, for 50-60 ring gauge cigars I punch it twice or thrice (side by side overlapping so it makes like a figure 4 or 8 shape).
And I’m assured there will be no unraveling. And excellent draw
 
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