Every time I see the title of this thread I want to respond "just say no to crack", put down the crack pipe, who would put crack in their cigar, and several other S/A comments. On a serious not though there is nothing worse than a crack in your cigar, I have fought that issue a couple of times, and sometimes it is just better to toss it, depending on where it is, and how bad.
Here are a few pics of cigars that I repaired the other day with pectin. A few were more than 50% covered in cracks and flakes etc. pectin works wonders and will hold these together so that they can at least be smoked. It's a shame since all of these are really amazing cigars!!! Hopefully the pics show the damage ok and repairs. Let me know if anyone has more questions.
@90+_Irishman, you do know those are cigars, and not swords, right? I've seen weapons of war require less repair. Just sayin'
I have had this happen a few times and the easiest solution is to use the clipped cap to make the repair. No glue required as it usually has some, just a bit of spit to re-moisten; should make it pliable and sticky in order to make the repair. I've done it several times. You can even smoke it right away as it will dry from the smoke by the time it gets near the band.
@90+_Irishman,....... Brett, I read and re-read your original post and couldn't find mention of patches made from cigar wrappers. The photos showed maybe some with pectin alone and some with "tobacco patches" so I thought I'd bring it up. I save wrapper from any heavily damaged cigar or maybe even sacrifice a cheaper stick just to have repair patches. Were some of your repairs with pectin alone?