Cigars 101

What is a Figure 8 cigar punch?

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A: Sure thing Robert. The Figure 8 cigar punch is clearly illustrated in the photo above. It’s easy to do, too. Simply take a good, sharp punch cutter, like the one shown here, and instead of twisting the blade in the center of the head, do it closer to one of the shoulders. Then, make a second punch on the other side, positioning the blade at the edge of the first punch. Voila! A perfect figure 8. It’s a marked improvement over the single, center punch in terms of draw and flavor, too.

However, I would only recommend this technique be used on cigars that are no less than a 48 ring, or you could wind up cutting into the shoulders, which could cause the cap to unravel.

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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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