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Old 02-10-2021, 08:24 AM   #1
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Xikar xi2

Looking for opinions on the Xikar xi2.
Previously had a Xikar cutter, don't recall the model, and am considering buying an xi2 to replace the cheap cutter I have been using as it occasionally cracks the cap and wrapper.
It seems to be about the cheapest xikar, but still about $40, and since I have a tight budget, wanted some opinions on it before buying.
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Old 02-10-2021, 10:12 AM   #2
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Never got the hang of the Xikar. I've used guillotine cutters for over 40 years. Right now I've been using the Palio cutter since they first came out.
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I've had two of them. I like them, but I get the best cut by setting the cutter on the surface, feeding the cigar into the holder and cutting it that way. I would recommend them.
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I've had two of them. I like them, but I get the best cut by setting the cutter on the surface, feeding the cigar into the holder and cutting it that way. I would recommend them.
Agreed. I have this cutter and this is the exact method I use.
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:33 PM   #5
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Used a Xikar XI1 for years, loved it, although I did have to clean and lubricate every so often. Switched to a Lotus Jaws in order to handle larger ring gauges. No issues.
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Old 02-11-2021, 06:05 PM   #6
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I've had two of them. I like them, but I get the best cut by setting the cutter on the surface, feeding the cigar into the holder and cutting it that way. I would recommend them.
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Agreed. I have this cutter and this is the exact method I use.
Same here.
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Old 02-13-2021, 05:36 AM   #7
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I've had two of them. I like them, but I get the best cut by setting the cutter on the surface, feeding the cigar into the holder and cutting it that way. I would recommend them.
I actually just learned about this method last week in a video on Bovedas website about getting the most out of your cigar experience.
I definitely helps me as i have very shaky hands and often cut below the cap. No problem since I started using this method

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Old 02-13-2021, 08:14 AM   #8
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Have decided to try a v-cutter, the Xikar VX2, instead as many say it helps give a more open draw, and i prefer a very open draw.
Not a real problem with 50+ rg Cigars, but fairly common to be too tightly rolled with the 42 and under rg's in my experience.

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I haven't smoked a lot of vcut cigars, but from my experience, you described it perfectly.
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I am almost exclusively V-cut have been for years.
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