Making the Cut: V-Cut

At Cigar World, we take pride in obsessing over anything and everything cigars. And we mean every-thing. 

That’s why we created our newest blog series called Making the Cut. We’ll explore the most popular (and obscure) styles of cigar cuts, explain how to do certain cuts on your cigar as well as compile the best cigar cutters so you can always make sure your smoking sessions are making the cut. 

For our first topic, we’re covering one of the more uncommon styles of cigar cuts: the V-Cut.

 

What is a V-Cut?

A V-Cut cigar cutter is a style of cigar cutter that slices a “V” shape out of the head of the cigar. It’s also known as a wedge cutter or even a cat’s eye in some circles. 

A V-Cut differs from a traditional guillotine style cut or a scissor cut due to the fact that as you draw a V-Cut pulls smoke from the top and the bottom of the cigar equally creating a bit more intensity and heat. Because of that, you may be able to experience tasting notes in ways you never have before.

How to V-Cut a cigar

A few things to keep in mind before using a V-Cutting your cigar. V-Cutters will work on most types of cigar shapes. However, do note, if you’re using a V-Cut on a Torpedo or tapered cigars, the draw may be a bit tight. 

Also, if you’re a fan of cigars with large ring gauges, those may prove to be a bit of a challenge with a V-Cut cigar cutter, unless you’re using an oversized version. Always make sure to check the ring gauge limit before buying any cigar cutter.

One pro tip, you can use a V-Cut cigar cutter to create a really fun X-Cut by simply cutting the head of the cigar twice to create an X. 

The best V-Cut cigar cutters

Many of the highest rated cigar accessory companies like Colibri, Lotus or Xikar make versions of V-Cut cigar cutters. Explore some of the internet’s favorites below.

#1: Colibri V-Cut Cigar Cutter

Price: $49

Features: 

  • Spring-loaded release
  • Ergonomic design
  • Stainless steel blade
  • Rubberized finish

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#2: Lotus Jaws Serrated V Cutter

Price: $32

Features: 

  • Lightweight zinc and aluminum body 
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Serrated V-Cut blades
  • Cuts up to a 64 ring gauge  

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#3: Xikar VX2 V Cutter

Price: $46

Features: 

  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Features an inverted ultra-sharp blade
  • Cuts up to a 64 ring gauge 
  • Ergonomic shape

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Comments

  • Member Avatar
    (39 days ago)

    I've been using V cut for about 6 months now. I learned the hard way that v cuts don't work so well on torpedoes. I'm glad to see an article out like this. I still like my bullet punch, but the more I learn and use the v cut the more I use it.

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    (42 days ago)

    I really enjoyed your article on the V cutter. I belong to a rather large cigar club and one of the topics happen to be what type of cutter do you prefer? As you can imagine, just like cigars, everyone has their own preferences. I myself use different cutters for different cigars.

  • Member Avatar
    (42 days ago)

    My first preference is a bullet punch, I feel this helps concentrate the flavors and add to a stronger end, but after that it is a V cut.

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    (42 days ago)

    V cutter is my next Buy.

  • Member Avatar
    (42 days ago)

    Love this Thank you for putting this out

  • Member Avatar
    (42 days ago)

    Agree with the article. I too just entered the "V" cut world. Some cigars are perfect for this method and from a recommendation from my cigar shop guy, it is a fact! Select Leaf has boxed Ashton's in the front humi for $4.00 a stick. Not so bad for Ashton's.... These cigars do well with a very shallow straight cut, but are much finer with a V or even the X cut. These I am mentioning are 48 x 7.5. Watch the size of the Puro, 60's will work from the high end cutters (Xfei, Xikar,Lotus), but you may want to do the X cut.

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    (42 days ago)

    I just started using a V-Cutter within the last year and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the cut and the smoothness of the draw. My only recommendation is to not purchase a cheaply made cutter.