If you are new to cigar smoking then there are a few pieces of cigar paraphernalia that are going to be mandatory. You will need a humidor, lighter and a cigar cutter. Now you might be asking, what do I need a cutter for, can't I just bit the end off? I think that we can all remember Colonel Hannibal Smith from the A-Team television series, or the villain in any spaghetti western. They would just take a bite out of there cigar and start smoking. There is really nothing stopping you from doing this. But if you want to have a very enjoyable smoke then you want to have a nice clean cut.
There are three main types of cuts that cigar aficionados prefer and they can be achieved with several different cutters. There is the guillotine which produces a nice straight cut. Another cutter that leaves a straight cut are clippers or scissors. There is the wedge, which cuts out a little notch or V shape out of the cap of the cigar. Then there is the hole punch.
There are two ways to decide which cutter you should use. The first and probably most important is which cut do you prefer. If you have just begun smoking cigars then you might want to try out all of these cutters to see which one you like the best. The next deciding factor in which cigar cutter to use is the actual size, shape and style of the cigar that you are smoking. If you are smoking a torpedo or pyramid then you would obviously need to use a guillotine or scissors. For your smaller ring gauge cigars, anything smaller that a 48 ring gauge, you would probably want to use a guillotine straight cut or wedge cut. For cigars that have a ring gauge between 48 and 54 you can still use the guillotine or you can use a hole punch. For your larger cigars you can use all of the above cutters but there is one draw back to using the hole punch/ If you use the hole punch you might not get a very good draw from your cigar because it is so big and the hole punch is relatively smaller. In this case take a few test draws before you light it to see how it draws, if you are having problems then you can still go back and make a straight cut.
When cutting your cigar you want to identify the cap on the head of the cigar. The cap is a little piece of tobacco leaf that the roller has put on the head to keep it held together. After you have found where the cap ends you want to make your cut just below the ending part. If you cut past where it ends there is a good chance that your cigar will end up unraveling as you smoke it and making for a bad experience. When you make your cut be fast and decisive.