Cigars 101

Anteing-up on Cigar Pokers

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Q. Have you ever used a poker for a bad burning cigar? If so, do they work well? – Brad

A. Actually, I have one here in the office for emergencies. They do work pretty well, but there is always the risk of pushing the poker through the side of the cigar and what you’ve got is a mess. You often have to run the rod through the cigar several times, but if you’re patient, by turning the poker slowly (like a screwdriver) as you push, and you’re very careful, the poker devices will help get the knots out of the cigar. It’s very hard to “poke” the cigars straight up the middle because of how the tobacco is packed, so the trick is, once you “feel” you’re getting too close to the wall of the cigar, stop.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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