There is no denying that the easiest way to cut the cap off of a cigar is by using a punch cutter. It makes it a complete breeze to quickly pop the cap off in a neat manner, leaving you with a precise hole to draw intensely delicious puffs of smoke from.
However, with that being said, let’s be completely honest here – there are going to be times where you’re unfortunately caught without your punch cutter on hand.
When those annoying times arise, there’s no need to feel frustrated. We’ve got your back with this handy guide that will teach you how to cut a cigar without a cutter.
How to Cut a Cigar Without a Cutter
Cutting a Cigar – Plan B
If you’re caught in a pinch somewhere with a premium cigar on hand and no cigar cutter in sight for miles, then you can use any one of the following methods to get that cap off and get to enjoy that sweet, sweet smoking experience.
Your first option for getting the cigar cap off is to simply slice it off. Interestingly enough, quite a few cigar smokers carry a Swiss pocketknife or something similar.
All you have to do is gently spin the head of the cigar (make sure to cut above the cap line!) against the blade, applying just a small amount of pressure. It’s important not to use too much pressure or else you might accidentally end up cutting too deep and get loose tobacco stuck in your mouth.
And whatever you do, make sure that you don’t try to chop off the cap like a guillotine; you risk damaging the construction and draw of your cigar using such a crude method.
The second method doesn’t quite involve removing the cap – instead, you’ll be poking a hole in it. You can use anything from a pen to a paperclip to a toothpick – or anything similar. They will all work for this method.
What you want to do is gently make an opening in the cap without causing the wrapper to crack or having the cigar come apart.
Apply a small amount of pressure as you insert the tip of your chosen sharp object. Depending on how thick the object is that you’re using, you may have to make a few pricks to be able to get a sufficient draw off the cigar.
Provided you have at least one working thumbnail, you’ll be able to make use of the third method for removing a cigar cap. For this one, simply use your thumbnail to loosen part of the cap, and then carefully work your way around the circumference.
Make sure to be very gentle as you do this so that you don’t damage the cap – it should be quite easy to peel off after you work your way around it.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is to remain above the cap line when you first dig into the cigar. This helps to make sure that the cap comes off in a much neater manner.
The final method for cutting a cigar without a cutter is also the crudest. If you’re ever really stuck in a pinch (no pocketknife, no pen or paper clips, and maybe your thumbnails have been trimmed just a little bit too short), then you can always just resort to biting the cap off of your cigar.
You’ll first want to bite down ever so slightly on the cap to separate just a small section from the rest of the cigar.
Once you open it up a little bit, it’s fairly easy to peel the rest of the cap off using your fingertips. Crude? Undoubtedly. Old school and effective? 100%.
It’s usually a good idea to keep a cigar punch cutter attached to your keychain (especially if you’re someone who always has their keys with them) if you’re a daily cigar smoker.
It’s one of those accessories that is worth its weight in gold (along with a good torch lighter, travel case, and humidor).
However, for those random times where you find yourself caught without your trusty cutter, it’s immensely helpful to know how to cut a cigar without using a cutter.
Any of the four techniques discussed above is fast, effective, and will work easily in a pinch.