Using a cigar scissors is, without doubt, the most elegant method of removing the cap from a premium, handmade cigar. With models ranging in price from a few dollars to hundreds, cigar scissors come in a wide selection of models, but the basic principles for their use are universal.
Cigar scissors can be used to open any vitola, rounded or pointed head, with ease. Most cigar scissors can accommodate any ring gauge cigar further increasing their utility. These capabilities make the cigar scissors one of the most useful tools any cigar aficionado can own.
Using a cigar scissors does take practice. However, once you’ve mastered these simple steps, you will be able to open your cigars with flair and dazzle your cigar smoking friends.
To make a proper cut using a cigar scissors, just follow these simple steps:
Begin by placing the scissors comfortably on your hand as you would any other scissors. Open the scissors completely.
With a firm grip on the cigar, introduce the head of the cigar into the opening of the scissors until only the very end is in the cutting path of the blades. Remember, you only want to remove a thin slice of the wrapper leaf from the head of the cigar!
Bring the blades of the scissors into contact with the wrapper leaf covering the head of the cigar and with gentle pressure and a slight twist of the wrist, score the leaf with the blades of the scissors.
Without releasing pressure on the blades, snap the cigar scissors closed completing the cut.
Open the cigar scissors and allow the cut end to fall away. The cut from a cigar scissors should leave a wide opening in the head of the cigar and an ample draw.
With practice, with a cigar scissors you will be able to perform surgically precise cuts when opening your premium cigars. Like Tom Cruise in “Cocktail,” you can swing your scissors from your fingertips, spin them in dazzling circles, and even flip them from hand to hand, creating an almost mystic air to your opening efforts.
Keep in mind the basics when using a cigar scissors; do not cut below the shoulder of the cigar as this will cause the wrapper to unravel ruining your smoke, score the leaf at the head prior to cutting to prevent tearing, and use a quick, firm snap when you close your scissors to complete the cut.