Do you need to clip cigarillos?

Q. I’ve recently just started smoking cigars and have been curious about cigarillos.As none of my friends smoke, I’m without help, so here’sthe question:Do you cut cigarillos with those large cigar cutters or are smaller ones available?
– David K.

A. Actually, It depends on the size of the cigarillo, since “cigarillo” is sometimes used as a broad term. Most cigarillos, which are often presented in tins, are generally a 29 ring or smaller in diameter. Cigarillos in those sizes, many of which are machine-made, are rolled open at the head, and therefore require no cutting at all.

Most “small cigars,” which can range from a 30 to a 36 ring, are “capped” (closed at the head) like large premium cigars, and should be clipped. Note that a lot of the better brand small cigars are also made by hand.

For clipping, you would use the same cutter as you would on a large cigar. Some cutters offer smaller holes, but your average, double-blade guillotine will do the trick.

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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