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Dave's Take: Xikar's XO Double Guillotine Cutter Review

http://www.xikar.com/products/cutters/xo/

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Ritualistic Cutting

As i've said before, part of the cigar smoking experience for me is the ritual. Not just during the smoke, but before as well. It really starts at the cigar shop, where selecting the perfect cigar adds to my anticipation for the smoking to come.

 

The ritual then continues through the unwrapping of the cigar, the cutting of the end, the smelling of the fresh cut end (you should try this), the lighting of the cigar, and then finally the smoking. I suppose I see cigar smoking as a luxury activity with a luxury item, and I want to enjoy as much of the process as possible.

 

A Thousand Ways to Cut a Cohiba

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That's not really a saying, but it is definitely a point of discussion when it comes to the “correct� way to cut a cigar. About the only consensus that I have found among cigar smokers is that the cigar wrapper from the mouth end must be removed before smoking. Beyond that, the methods abound.

 

If you are not sure of the possible options, then feel free to watch this video that I came across from Neptune Cigars showing the various cutting methods.

 

 

How to Cut Cigars : Neptune Cigars

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzBQSBUmjN0

 

Golfers would likely also add the poke with a tee and slice with divot tool methods to the list. Like everything else that we humans do, we likely going to discover that we have a favorite cigar opening method. For me, that's cutting.

 

 

The Xikar XO Cutter

 

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Today, I bring you my take on the Xikar XO Double Guillotine cigar cutter. As soon as I saw the XO cutter, I knew that I had to try one out. As I said, I'm a cutter guy, and the Xikar Xi1 cutter is the welcomed workhorse in my cigar toolbox. At first glance, the Xikar XO seemed to push the already awesome double-bladed cutting of the Xi1 to a whole new level of fun.

 

Yep, I just said fun. That's why I smoke cigars, for fun. Anything that can add to the enjoyment of the process will get a look from me. What could not be fun about a spring-loaded double guillotine cutter? Just typing that sentence was fun. How could using the cutter not be fun too?

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-9ofK2901A

 

 

Specifications: Xikar XO Double Guillotine Cutter

 

  • Double Guillotine style cutter
  • Aluminum body
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Planetary geared cutting system with five internal gears
  • Spring-loaded blade release button
  • 2.38" diameter
  • 64 RG (cuts the cap of 70RG cigars)
  • Colors: 8 (Gunmetal Honeycomb tested)
  • MSRP: $99.99-$119.99

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The XO is a cutting machine, inspired by timeless design principles. The dual stainless steel blades operate on a patent pending planetary gear system, ensuring the blades open and close in perfect harmony, providing a guided and clean cut every time. The distinct, round aluminum body of the XO is built for relentless durability and exceptional performance. Engineered to simplify the standard double guillotine style cut.

 

Using the XO is definitely not like using your teeth.

 

 

According to the Neptune video, you are never without a cutter because you can always go Eastwood and bite the end off of your gran panetela. Cutting with the Xikar XO cutter lives at the opposite end of the cigar-cutting spectrum. The only thing that you'll be doing with your teeth when you cut with the XO is showing them between your retracted lips when you smile.

 

 

Those Gears are Planetary

 

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Raise your hands if you know what a planetary gear system is? My hand is not up, but thanks to Google, I was able to find out a bit about them. Basically, think about the solar system. You have the sun, and then the planets moving around it. That's a huge oversimplification about how these gear systems work, but you get the idea. There are multiple gears all connected together in system, and the turning of one gear is influenced by, and dependent upon the movement of the other gears. You can get really smart if you follow this link to a YouTube explanation of the planetary gear system.

 

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While I can't really hope to understand how the gears in the Xikar XO cutter all work together, I do understand the overall result. The blades always move together, even if you only press from one side. What this means for you is that you should be able to get an even cut with minimal effort. As a brilliant bonus, Xikar included openings in the body of the XO, allowing you to see the gears turn while you use it. Dinner and a show.

 

 

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Sometimes getting an even cut can be a challenge with the cheap, single blade cutters. Think cutting a tomato with a knife. Unless that knife is really sharp, and your pressure just right, the initial tomato penetration could involve squishing rather than cutting. Nobody enjoys squishing the tomato, or the cigar.

 

 

The gear-driven double blades in the XO will not squish your tomato cigar.

 

 

Cutting to the Chase

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Cutting cigars with the Xikar XO cutter is as fun as I expected. Glee generates immediately when you press the button on the top that releases the spring-loaded blades. It reminds me of the first time I popped open a switchblade knife. You hit the button, and the blades extend, ready for business. Probably did this twenty times in a row when I opened up the XO box that first time. After that, maybe only five times each time I used the cutter.

 

Full disclosure: I also had delusions of Batman when using the XO. At some point I may have equated popping open the blades with extending the wings on a spring-loaded Batarang. I'm not in charge of where the brain takes me, and for a second, I WAS BATMAN!

 

 

As for the cutting, the XO is exactly what I expected from the company that brought me my beloved Xi1. The blades are sharp, and with the gearing, they deliver the honed steel with precision. Time and time again, you can deliver the cigar-opening cut exactly where you want it, with wrapper-shearing precision. Even on a probably too dry to smoke cigar, the cut was clean.

 

 

I actually cut up that dry cigar from stem to stern with the XO, just to be able to make more cuts with the cutter. Again, it's fun to use.

 

 

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From a practical side, if you smoke big ring cigars, the XO is definitely worth checking out. 64 ring gauges can fit inside, and you can take the cap off of a 70 RG stick. I don't know if I've ever had a 70 RG cigar before. That seems huge, and yet the XO can handle it. For reference, the cigar in the photo above is 54 RG.

 

 

I feel like the XO could take just about anything you throw at it. This cutter could even help you dice carrots for dinner! Not that I cut a carrot with it. Who would do that?

 

Smaller gauges are also a breeze to cut with the XO because of the synced blades. You can easily bring the blades to the edges of the smaller cigar with just a bit of a press, then once in contact, press more firmly to sever. Since the blades move together, it really takes effort to cut incorrectly.

 

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As a size reference, you can see how the overall size profile, and the cutting diameter of the XO compares to the Xi1 above. I was pleasantly surprised at how similar the two were as far as space usage in the travel humidor. Both snug into the corner quite nicely. I'd give both the full portability nod, and the fact that they both have spring-loaded blades made the gamer selection very challenging.

 

The XO is XtraOrdinary!

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I don't think that it's a stretch to say that the Xikar XO double guillotine cutter is the coolest cigar cutter on the market. It is just so interesting to look at, and fun to use. Right now, I'm not currently smoking a cigar at all, yet I keep taking breaks from typing to click the XO open and closed.

 

As for the Xi1 vs XO battle, the XO is in the travel humidor. The XO definitely adds to my cigar while golfing enjoyment, and it always draws interested attention when I pop it open, allowing me to share it's coolness with others.

 

I think that there may also be some golf crosstraining potential in the XO. It's definitely an awesome ball marker, and I think that there may be a way to use it to draw a line on my ball. Regardless, I'm totally geared up to use the XO to cut my next stick.

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I can confirm.  it is a great emergency ball marker...

 

Great write up

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Sounds like fun to me> I was laughing thinking about taking a cheap cigar and snipping it to bits with that thing. Yep I know about planetary gears all automatic transmissions have them.

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Sounds like fun to me> I was laughing thinking about taking a cheap cigar and snipping it to bits with that thing. Yep I know about planetary gears all automatic transmissions have them.

 

It does have a lifetime Warrenty..... go for it

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Nice photos and a great review thanks!

 

In other reviews I've read it was suggested that the cutter was a bit unbalanced and had a learning curve to get a quality cut. Your thoughts on that?

 

IMHO the cutter is flat our sexy, but if I buy another one my wife is gonna kill me. 

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Nice photos and a great review thanks!

 

In other reviews I've read it was suggested that the cutter was a bit unbalanced and had a learning curve to get a quality cut. Your thoughts on that?

 

IMHO the cutter is flat our sexy, but if I buy another one my wife is gonna kill me.

I didn't think it was unbalanced at all. When extended, it is a little longer than some maybe used to and that could make it seem unwieldy I suppose. You do need to ease it closed a bit for smaller rings, but it's a one handed operation without much trouble. At least for me. Smaller hands could maybe struggle more but my hands are by no means large. +2 wraps only

 

 

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Great gift for the mohel who has everything.

 

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