Rasputin:How do you get an even cut? I have a guillotine cutter and I always wind up with an angled cut. And when I punch a cigar, I often don't get the punch in the center. Any hints on this?
Make sure your eyes aren't crossed when you cut it. LOL
wwhwang:Try putting the cutter on a flat surface. Works like a charm if you don't trust your ability to just eyeball it. As for punches? Well, I usually don't do that. I prefer the looser draw and increased smoke output that you get from guilloutine cuts.
DSWarmack:Xikar or Wolf V-cutters are my favorite for a notch or V-cut. The trick to a straight cut is that you aren't going to get one every time, unless you use one with a backplate, and practice makes better (there being no such thing as perfect).As for the punch, I just eyeballed it back in the day when I used one. After a while a lot of people switch to the straight cutter or v-cutter because of the limited amount of smoke you get through the punch. That being said, I will still use a punch or a side punch on occasions, with cigars that make me nervous or ones that I know start out a little harsher than I prefer to cut down on the bitterness and/or harshness.