Whether you are newbie or you have been smoking cigars for a while, one of the pieces of gear you will always need is a good cutter. My personal preference in cutters and probably the most versatile types of cutters is a double-bladed guillotine cutter. Right now my go to cutter is the Alaska Bear Cigar Cutter I picked up from Amazon.
There are a lot of options out there for a guillotine cutter. There are some that are really high quality but are on the expensive side. Also there are some really cheap ones that aren’t that great of quality.
What you need when you are first starting out is something that is a good middle of the road cutter. You need one that has decent quality and will last a while, but doesn’t cost a ton, because when you are first starting out you should be spending your money on cigars and not gear.
My search for decent quality cheap cigar cutter led me to Amazon and the Alaska Bear Cigar Cutter.
I bought this cutter, because I thought for the price, even if it wasn’t that good of a cutter, it would be a good backup or one I could keep in the car. I must say that I have been very surprised and pleased with this cutter.
Details about the Alaska Bear Cigar Cutter:
Construction – brushed stainless steel
Size – 3 5/8” x 1 ½”
Cut- Handles up to a 60 ring cigar
What Others Think
Overall this cutter has a 4.7 out of 5 ratting on Amazon with 444 total reviews as of the time I am writing this. Since the majority of the reviews are positive, I spent some time going through the less positive reviews (3 stars and under).
The majority of them centered around issues with the blades in the cutter being loose and rattling when you would shake the cutter. There was a fair amount of reviewers with this issue that contacted the manufacture about it and were sent replacement cutters.
Sounds like there was most likely a manufacturing issue with a batch of the cutters and the manufacture did the right thing and replaced the defective cutters free of charge.
Other folks mentioned that it lacked the “quality” they were expecting. I’m not sure what they expect from a sub $10 cutter. It’s not a Xikar cutter after all.
My Overall Impression
This cutter offers a great bang for the buck! This cutter is definitely a step up from the plastic cutters that some shops give out for free or sell for a couple of bucks.
I have owned this cutter for almost 8 months at the time I am writing this and I must say I like this cutter a lot. If offers a good clean cut and feels good in your hand. Because it is made of stainless steel and not plastic, it has a little weight to it, which I like.
It comes with a pouch to keep it in, but to be honest that is something that I just sat aside when I got the cutter. At this point I am not really sure when it ended up.
If you are a beginner cigar smoker, this a great first cutter. It won’t break the bank and it gets the job done. A combination that can’t be beat in my book. Pick up your own Here.