As a cigar smoker, you know that a sharp cutter is essential for a clean, precise cut. The dull blades of a cutter can ruin the cigar, and it can make the cigar’s end messy. So, if you notice that your cutter isn’t performing as it should be, it’s time to learn how to sharpen it. It’s easier than you think.
How to Sharpen Your Cigar Cutter?
Before jumping into the sharpening process make sure to clean the cutter first. For that, soak the cutter in warm water for a few minutes. This will help to loosen the residue and oil. Afterward, you can remove it and dry it with a towel. Now, if your cutter is dry, you can proceed with the sharpening process.
1. To make sharpening easier, you need to take the cutter apart and carefully separate the blades.
2. Next, place the sharpening stone on a stable surface and make sure it’s clean and free of debris. If you’re using lubricating oil, put a few drops on the stone’s surface.
3. Hold one blade at a 20-30 degree angle against the stone and gently slide it across the stone, moving away from you. Don’t push too hard, but keep the angle and apply light pressure. Do this several times and then repeat with the other blade. The goal is to create a sharp edge on both blades.
This sharpening process is only applicable to premium cigar cutters that can be disassembled. This method may not work for all cutters, as some have self-sharpening mechanisms or blades that cannot be manually sharpened. Therefore, it is important to confirm whether your cigar cutter can be disassembled before applying any sharpening technique.
When it comes to cigar cutters, two famous companies, Xikar and Colibri, make high-quality cutters that can be taken apart for sharpening. These companies also offer a lifetime warranty, which means that if your cutter gets dull or needs fixing, you can send it back to Xikar or Colibri and they will make sure it is as good as new. However, keep in mind that sending the cutter back to the company takes time. You can also visit your local shop to see if they can sharpen your cutter and make it work like new again.
Cheap cigar cutter.
If you’re using a cheap, plastic guillotine cigar cutter that gets dull or unable to cut the cigar, throw it away and replace it with a more reliable and durable cutter. These cutters often have a short lifespan, so it’s not worth wasting time on fixing or sharpening them.
In conclusion, it is necessary to keep your cigar cutter sharp to cut cigars properly. To sharpen a cigar cutter, first make sure it can be disassembled, then use a whetstone to sharpen it. Before starting the sharpening process, determine whether the cigar cutter can be disassembled or not. Only premium cigar cutters can be taken apart, so if you are using a cheap cigar cutter, it is better to throw it away.