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.

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