Cutting a cigar in half

Q. Is it OK to cut a cigar in half? For instance, a Churchill that I might not want to smoke all at once?
– Ray G. in Staten Island, NY

A. Actually, you can, but you run the risk of the cigar’s wrapper unraveling. You would need an extremely sharp and powerful cutter, like a Xikar to ensure you got a very clean cut.

From my experience, having cut cigars back behind the ash on occasion (usually after they’ve gone out), the wrapper has remained intact more often than not, but it’s still risky.

A more practical approach would be to purchase a couple of Robusto or Rothschild 5-packs, or even a box of same to keep on-hand for those occasions when you don’t want to smoke an entire Churchill.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. 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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