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bimmerguy82
10-01-2014, 06:57 AM
Do you BOTL prefer a cutter or a punch and why?

WhiteMamba
10-01-2014, 07:31 AM
I use both just depends on the cigar and the draw

Dude Here
10-01-2014, 08:14 AM
Cutter. Haven't done a punch in a long, long time.

Remo
10-01-2014, 08:40 AM
Both

mk05
10-01-2014, 08:59 AM
Punch cuts are nice for certain factories where the rollers are taught to push the end of the capote into the cigar. A lot of people mistake this for a plugged cigar. Manufacturers make various radius of the punch cuts for different ring gauges. Large cigars such as Double Coronas or Julieta #2's taste much more lush and round when cut with a bigger cut.

The Poet
10-01-2014, 09:50 AM
If I had a decent V-cutter, I'd probably use that exclusively. Just sayin'.

ColdCuts
10-01-2014, 10:33 AM
If I had a decent V-cutter, I'd probably use that exclusively. Just sayin'.

Get the Xikar VX. I love this cutter. Cat's-eye is my new fave cut.

As for the OP's question, I use both in addition to the cat's-eye cut. Just depends on what the cigar calls for. Small ring-gauge cigars I use the guillotine, medium I use the punch, and large I use the V-cut. It's how it makes sense to me. YMMV.

markem
10-01-2014, 10:51 AM
I use a cutter but used to use a punch. Don't prefer one over the other for the initial cut/punch, but the cutter has been more kind to me if I need to trim of the end because of tar-ing.

The owner of Palio is a member here, but regardless, many (me included) find theirs to be the best. Both Palio and Xicar come with a lifetime warranty, so you never need buy another cutter if you go with them. (psst. go with Palio)

weems
10-01-2014, 10:58 AM
V-Cut

ColdCuts
10-01-2014, 11:01 AM
The owner of Palio is a member here, but regardless, many (me included) find theirs to be the best. Both Palio and Xicar come with a lifetime warranty, so you never need buy another cutter if you go with them. (psst. go with Palio)

+1

My guillotine is a Palio. I've had it for about eight years. Somehow, still clips like a champ. :gn

icehog3
10-01-2014, 11:01 AM
I'm about 80% Palio cutter and 20% punch. I punch cigars 46 RG or larger if they feel like they may have a looser draw.

AdamJoshua
10-01-2014, 11:04 AM
Depends on the stick to be honest, some of the smaller sticks like a Robusto size I prefer the punch, larger Churchill length or obviously torpedoes I leave it to the trusty Palio.

It's what every you enjoy in the end.

jhedrick83
10-01-2014, 11:04 AM
I use both just depends on the cigar and the draw

This one. Mood and cigar make a big difference to me. I have a Xikar V cutter too and love it. I tend to V most box pressed sticks. Punch or Guillotine most regular shapes, but not always.

badbriar
10-01-2014, 12:10 PM
Prefer a punch whenever possible. Never had a cap issue with a punch. :tu

shilala
10-01-2014, 12:14 PM
I have zero preference, really. I use my teeth if I can't find a cutter.
I keep Xikars in my travel humidors, so that's what I use most.
I do like those lighters with a punch built in. They're nice to have around in a pinch.

NCRadioMan
10-01-2014, 12:40 PM
Typically, I cut. (Palio fan) Larger surface area usually means more air flow. That air/smoke ratio is very important for flavor. I do, however, carry a punch on my key ring at all times but may use it just a few times a year.

ApexAZ
10-01-2014, 01:40 PM
Cutter, vcut, punch in that order.

99% of the time I use a regular xikar cutter (sorry Palio!). I worked this out several years ago as I learned my preference for a more open draw. I have a lot more control over the draw with a cutter.

I start with clipping the very tip off and if it's too tight, I trim it off more. I've cut so many cigars it's virtually autonomous at this point.

czerbe
10-01-2014, 02:08 PM
I'm a cutter.... wait that sounded bad...

Flynnster
10-01-2014, 02:09 PM
Been rocking the punch a lot lately, not sure why. I actually reach for it more on the larger ring gauge cigars since I feel like I have more control over the draw.

ky70
10-03-2014, 03:29 PM
I basically used cutters exclusively for years and just recently randomly started using cigar punches (attached to my lighters) and my xikar scissors (had em 8/9 years but rarely used them) and now I only seem to punch or use scissors.

mosesbotbol
10-03-2014, 03:45 PM
Cut everything... simple.

CdnStogie
10-04-2014, 10:38 PM
Cutter for all.

Have a punch on my lighter - but only use it if I don't have my cutter on me

AdamJoshua
10-05-2014, 03:46 PM
Cut everything... simple.

Like some kind of power happy mohel gone bad! :r

rr_coyote
10-16-2014, 09:27 PM
Cutter for all.

Have a punch on my lighter - but only use it if I don't have my cutter on me

Same here. Always use one of my cutters. I think I've used the punch on my lighter just a few times to try it out.

cigarmarine
10-16-2014, 09:58 PM
the two time I've tried a punch didn't seem to draw real well leaning toward cutter.

The.Sheepdog
11-29-2014, 09:01 PM
Im a bit A/R. I like the nice neat circle that a punch leaves. Just seems more civilized to me!

dijit
11-30-2014, 06:16 AM
I use both depending on the stick shape wrapper flavor and even filler flavor. Masochist that I am I wish the punishers I have had came in a shape other than a torpedo as I like the wrapper flavor once I get past the initial burn, and same with the Padron I had earlier this week. I would use a punch on them it it was practical.

pektel
11-30-2014, 06:40 AM
I just use this. Yes, it's cheap. Yes, I also carve sticks into marshmallow toasters with it. But my grandpa had the same knife, my dad has always carried one, and so have I. Simple Buck folding knife. I call it Old Faithful, because it's always there. It's the one thing I can't lose. I could lose my wallet, phone, and car keys, but somehow this is always in my pocket. I have no idea how long I've had it. But "since I was little" would be the best guess. I keep the blade sharp and clean. Every once in a while, I have to get rid of the pocket lint in it.

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