Yep, I’m a little late today in posting my roll-of-the-dice Saturday cigar post. (It’s for a good reason, I assure you, but I won’t tell you why, because it definitely won’t help my cause out at all.) But the good news is that I have something a little different for you this week. Instead of an extra cigar review, or a bit of odd news, I’m going to review my brand new Xikar MTX cutter!
If you’ve been watching Walt’s cigar reviews for any length of time at all or if you’ve admired his artistic photographic experiments, you know that his preferred method of opening the cap on a cigar is his Xikar scissors. And if you’ve read my reviews for any length of time, you’ve also probably heard that my flamboyantly-red Xikar cutter has been getting pretty dull lately. So I was about to pull the trigger on an impulse buy from one of the daily cigar deal websites a couple of weeks ago when I noticed a deal on the Xikar MTX scissors. In my moment of weakness, I added those to my virtual basket, along with a fiver of something else I really didn’t need. Hey if I buy this one, I can send in my other Xikar in for sharpening, and not be without a decent cutter, I rationalized.
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Fast forward to today. I’ve been using the new scissors for a week, and here are my thoughts on them, in handy, categorized bullet points.
What I Like
- This cutter is incredibly sharp. Comparatively, my other standard Xikar has the cutting ability of a spork.
- I love being able to open the cap of a cigar without noticeably changing the cigar’s profile. (To see what I’m talking about, check out my CAO Black VR review’s Tower of Burn.)
- Being able to easily avoid trouble with the cap. In the week I’ve been using this cutter, I haven’t had a single issue with the cap falling off, or the cigar unraveling. (I usually have at least one cap issue in a week’s time.)
- I dig the whole Mr. Miyagi-pruning-the-bonsai zen experience of cutting a cigar with these scissors. You don’t just clip a cigar with this Xikar, you prune and shape the head. Slap a beret and a condescending sneer on your head, with this cutter, you’re an artist!
- It is very compact and safe when folded up. Not only will it not get in the way, you won’t accidentally lop off a finger with it rooting through your pocket.
- The price. I actually paid about $12 less for these scissors than I did for my other Xikar.
What I Don’t Like
- I find myself getting annoyed by the key ring loop. It gets in the way of closing the cutters. I think this would be a little less of a problem if I actually put the cutter on my key chain. I may have to try that.
- It’s nearly impossible to open the cap up with a single clip. (Excluding torpedoes, figurados, and maybe lanceros.) So if you’re in a hurry, you may want to grab another cutter.
- The loops kind of dig into your fingers while you’re clipping your cigar.
I’m am incredibly pleased with the purchase of the Xikar MTX, and have thoroughly enjoyed cutting my cigars with it. While I don’t see myself completely abandoning the standard guillotine cutter, I will probably be using these scissors as my default cutter. (Now where’s that address to send in my other Xikar?) I would recommend these to anyone whose curiosity is peaked by a new way of cutting cigars.
For an instructional video on how to use the Xikar MTX Multi-Tool, check out Walt’s Cigar Scissors Video