File under “What would Bear Grylls do?” You’re away from home, you brought some of your favorite cigars to enjoy, but you forgot your cutter and you’re nowhere near a cigar store. Had you found yourself minus a lighter or matches, at least you could make a fire, but being able to cut a cigar in the “traditional” way is out of the question. No problem. There are several ways to clip your cigar when you’re stranded without a cutter.
- If you usually carry a knife with you, you’re in luck. Simply hold the head of the cigar firmly in one hand, then using the blade of your knife, place it about 1/16th of an inch from the top of the cap. Now, turn the cigar slowly (in the direction of the wrapper) and the cap should start to pop-off about 3/4 of the way around. If the knife is really sharp you can try placing the cigar on a hard flat surface and slice the cap off as you would a slice of bread. Otherwise, you risk cracking the head of the cigar.In lieu of a knife, if you happen to have a single edged razor blade or a box cutter handy, either will work just as well.
- If you can find a sharp, pointed tool or a small screw, simply “punch” the head of the cigar. If you’re in a wooded area, you can use a small but firm twig, but use a rock to sharpen the end first.If you’re fishing, try a fishhook. The barb will help open the end a little further for a better draw when you pull out the hook.
If you’re in an area where there are bushes with long thorns, carefully break one off and you’ve got a piercer provided by Mother Nature.
If you’re on the beach, try using a sliver of broken shell, which should be easy enough to find.
- Even with all the cigar cutting tools available, a lot of cigar smokers use their teeth to “clip” their cigars. Those who do this regularly have usually developed a fool-proof method over time. Take the head of the cigar and place the only the cap section between your four front teeth, as you would with a cutter. (You don’t want to bite-off too much or the cigar could unravel.) Now, slowly, bring your front teeth together. This will help break through the cap. Just as your teeth meet…SNIP! It may look a little sloppy, but it works in a pinch.
Do you have your own “in a pinch” cigar cutting solution? If so, please share it!