Regardless of whether you are a seasoned cigar smoker or a relative newcomer to the hobby, one thing you will need is a cigar cutter, and what better one for us to review than this offering from Alaska Bear.
Alaska Bear Stainless Steel Cigar Cutter
This particular cigar cutter is a bit of a one-off from Alaska Bear, which is more renowned for creating products such as silk sleep masks and gloves. However, it could be said that when you have a single product that is so popular and gets so many positive reviews, there would seem little need for them to create any other models.
There is one variation, and that is the finish. This one is the standard stainless steel version, but if you want to spend a little more, you can opt for the antique bronze version, which we have to admit is stunning and worth the extra.
Who is This Product For?
As we mentioned, new and experienced cigar smokers need a cigar cutter to cut the capped end of their cigars so that they can smoke it. Now, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different cutters they could choose so why this one?
Well, for those who are inexperienced the simplicity and ease of use of this will appeal to them. It will also appeal to those who want a small, thin cutter that takes up very little room, and can be carried in a pocket.
Finally, and given its attractive metal finishes, this cigar cutter would be ideal for those who are looking for a gift for any cigar smokers that they know.
With such a simple product you won’t be surprised to learn that it comes complete and ready to use, with no assembly necessary. However, you also get a soft carry bag, which will help to protect it when not in use.
Overview of Features
Made from stainless steel, this is going to be a cigar cutter that is tough enough to last, even if it is occasionally dropped. Whether you go with the standard stainless steel or opt for the antique bronze, either model will make an attractive addition to your cigar accessories.
It is very easy to use, and there is no maintenance necessary, thanks to its self-sharpening blade. That blade cuts through cigars cleanly and smoothly, and that also includes some larger cigars.
It is small and lightweight enough to be carried in a pocket, but for even more convenience, and to protect the cutter, it comes with a soft carry bag.
Finally, we must touch on the low price which makes this one of the most affordable cigar cutters currently on the market.
How to Use It
In case you are new to cigar smoking, or don’t smoke and are thinking about buying one as a gift, here is a quick explanation of how, and why a cigar cutter is used.
Their main use is to cut the capped end or ends of the cigar so that it can be smoked. Depending on the brand of cigar, when it is made, it may have one or both ends capped, which means the leaf is wrapped around the end to seal it. To smoke it properly the cigar needs to be open at both ends, thus the need for the cutter.
This one is used like a mini guillotine, whereby the end of the cigar is placed through the center of the cutter, and then each side of the cutter is moved inwards using a finger and thumb. This moves the blade and cuts the end of the cigar.
- Extremely easy to use
- Choice of attractive metal finishes
- Blades are self-sharpening
- Comes with soft carry bag
- Very affordable
- Blades can rattle
- Possibility of surface scratching
For those of you seeing this as a potential gift, want more choice of colors, or something a little bit more ornate, a great alternative is the Cigarloong Engraved Cigar Cutter.
As you will see, it has a very attractive engraved pattern on the exterior, and it also comes in a choice of colors including black, gold, and silver. Staying with the gift theme, it is delivered in an attractive presentation box, and also comes with a leather case to protect it.
Simple it may be, but that is what all the best cigar cutters are meant to be. This Alaska bear cigar cutter looks great, making it an ideal gift for any cigar smoker.