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Old 07-27-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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XiKAR XI2 China vs Germany

I found a deal on E-Bay for (2) XiKAR XI2 cutters for $49.95. (I think they bundle a lighter with it too) When I asked the seller about the origin of the cutters, he said they came from the China factory which is where all the new XI2's come from. However, for $49 each he had some German ones in a reserve. These cutters come with a full warranty from XiKAR, but I'm not sure which to go with. I was hoping for the $49.95 for two so I could give one to my brother. Since XiKAR stands behind them, would it be ok to go with the ones from China? Any opinions would be appreciated. Cheers!
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:47 PM   #2
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First of all, to CW.

There is a thread in the Smokin Post that's probably of interest to you.

http://forums.cigarweekly.com/viewtopic.php?t=133835

I have an Xi with the blades from China. They work just fine, and Xikar stands behind them, so I'm not concerned about the blades. Even the blades from China cut perfectly
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:34 PM   #3
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I wouldn't worry too much about origin as long as you are sure they are genuine xikar. Xikar customer service is the best!
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:38 PM   #4
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Don't just assume their genuine Xicar cutters though. They have fake just about everything on Ebay. I guess you'll have to trust intuition and look at the seller's ratings pretty closely to make that determination.
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Old 07-27-2006, 01:45 PM   #5
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Good Point!

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Old 07-27-2006, 02:31 PM   #6
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Also keep in mind that even if you pay double to get German blades, first time you will send your cutter back to Xikar for service, they will most likely replce it with the Chinese one.
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:33 PM   #7
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Don't just assume their genuine Xicar cutters though. They have fake just about everything on Ebay. I guess you'll have to trust intuition and look at the seller's ratings pretty closely to make that determination.
Here is the auction item. It appears to be authentic, and the seller has great feedback. I've e-mailed back and forth with the seller a couple of times already. Let me know what you guys think, and thanks for the warm welcome. I can't wait to get this and stop butchering my cigars with my current cutter.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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Old 07-27-2006, 03:38 PM   #8
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If it were my dime, I'd order the ones from Famous for 19.95 per cutter and forget about Ebay. You will get the genuine article and thus Xikar's lifetime warranty.

Great comments by the other members too
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:07 PM   #9
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There was a post by FSUScotsman about having problems with a Chinese one that wouldn't open properly when he pushed the button down.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:07 PM   #10
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One of mine has German blades and one doesn't. They both perform the same. Even if they didn't, I'd have no qualms about sending one in as the service is second to none.

The ebay seller you mention is a good dealer. I've bought cases and a lighter from him in the past. He kept good communication and and sent my items in a timely manner.
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