"Its more for looks."
Got this with the monti cristo hope pack, which you might as well get that since this $40 seems steep. The cutter looks cool but its operation isnt the smoothest and the fact there is not really a backing to press the cap of the cigar against which helps provide a cleaner/deeper v-cut. Without the backing the cap has nothing to push against and prevent any tearing/twisting/crushing of the cap. Next one I am trying: the Xikar VX Metal V-Cut(the lifetime warranty makes the dif I think.)(Also wish they sold the famous Palio Cutter) Although I like the famous smoke shop site, it doesn't do the best job of description or have multiple pics/angles. I suggest visiting the manufacture website usually; For more pics or description, prior to coming back to purchase here.
D Carson in Los Angeles, CA December 2, 2012