Thursday, February 21, 2013

Palio Cutter Review

Palio Camo Grand Forest Cutter
Palio Camo Grand Forest Cutter
  Here we ave the Palio Camo Grand Forest and Black Composite cigar cutter. For this review the main focus will be on the Camo Grand Forest version as the black version is straight forward. The cutter is very light, I was expecting it to weigh more. Though, not heavy, the Palio cutter still feels very well made. The cutter uses a standard guillotine cutting motion. The Palio feels great in the hand, with the "triangular" bump out on either side for superior gripping. 

Palio Cutter
  As seen in the pictures, the camouflage is well executed, with no noticeable "digitizing" in the design. The camo design is not a cheap wrapper, it appears to be a high quality print. Unlike many finishes, I feel confident that aesthetically it will hold up very well over time.

 The Palio double blade cuts the cigar cap with precision every time and will handle a cigar up to a 60 ring gauge. The blade is very sharp and guaranteed to cut to your satisfaction. In fact, Palio is so confident in the cutter that it comes with a lifetime warranty. Simply walk into any B&M that sells Palio and receive a new one, no proof of purchase required. Besides the two shown here, Palio offers the cutter in silver, burl wood, and carbon fiber. The suggested price of the Grand Forest is $59.95, the Black version is $45.95. CLR believes this is a reasonable price when taking the lifetime warranty into consideration

Pros - weight, design, warranty
Consideration - price point

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rockwell Pig Iron Humidor Review

Rockwell Pig Iron Humidor
  Prediction, this is one of those reviews you will be glad read PRIOR to purchase. Today CLR is reviewing the Rockwell Pig Iron humidor. Granted, CLR mainly focuses on lighters and cutters, but CLR knows cigar accessories as a whole. I actually purchased this humidor for personal use and to say I was disappointed is putting it nicely. 
  What grabbed my attention is likely the same thing that grabbed yours as well. The Pig Iron aesthetically, is not like any humidor I had ever seen. Not having the opportunity to see the humidor prior to purchase, I was left with only the descriptions online. Truth be told, I am not a huge fan of the brass components that make up 99% of most humidors moving parts on the market today. When I saw the Rockwell Pig Iron online for the first time I said "self, I must own that!". What is not to like? With the humidors all stainless steel appearance, it screams manliness. 


  The Pig Iron is offered in two sizes 50 count and the 100 count used in this review. Comes equipped with a hygrometer, lock/key, and a rectangle humidifier. Described as a high polished diamond plate stainless steel finish. I suppose technically it could be, this is where the humidor was a gigantic disappointment for CLR. As you can see in the photos it is not a sturdy, hefty, or a thick diamond plate finish. It is a very thin wrap that appears to be applied like a sticker. Pictured above you can see where the diamond plate meets at the front corner. Not finished very well and extremely thin. Cedar is a very soft wood, needing a strong exterior to prevent damage to the box. 

  In this picture you can see the Pig Iron took a knock, that resulted in a good sized ding. The diamond plate is so thin, seemingly any little hit will damage the Rockwell. In my years of humidors, I have never had this issue before. 

  Some positives the Pig Iron has to offer are kilned dried Spanish cedar, SureSeal technology, and a couple Spanish cedar dividers. The type of quality you would expect from a humidor in the price range, no complaints in this department. I was very excited for the Pig Iron's arrival, only to be absolutely disappointed the moment it was unboxed. Rockwell fell short on a great idea, maybe another brand will step up and build one properly? Until then, CLR recommends to look elsewhere.

Pros - stainless steel appearance, aesthetics
Consideration - poorly finished, low grade exterior diamond plate 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Prometheus Predator Lighter Review

Prometheus Predator Torch Lighter
Prometheus Predator Single Torch Cigar Lighter
  The Prometheus Predator shown here in a deep metallic blue is all about the looks. This is a single torch wind resistant lighter, with smooth lines typical of many Prometheus lighters. The icy blue against the high polished chrome is truly stunning. It is on the taller side coming in at 3.2 inches in height.

Prometheus Predator Top Open

  Predator has good sized thumb action pusher and you need to flip open the lid prior ignition. CLR not being a huge fan of two steps for lighting, this would be one of the downsides to the lighter. Of course, not a big deal, only personal preference. 

Prometheus Predator Single Jet

  Prometheus put a good sized fuel gauge window on the backside of the lighter. On the front side Prometheus is prominently displayed and does not take away from the aesthetics. Being a single jet flame, it is adequate for cigar toasting. The suggested retail of the Predator is $59.95. Not inexpensive for a single torch lighter, though, it is a beautiful basic lighter.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
7 - Flame
6 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score - 6.9

Pros - sleek, wind resistant
Considerations - no cigar punch, pricey for single flame

Friday, February 1, 2013

Vector Tri Pump Table Top Lighter Review

Vector Tri-Pump Review
Vector Tri Pump Triple Flame Table Top Review
  If you are on the prowl for a cigar torching, roasting machine, look no further than the Vector Tr-Pump Table Top lighter. This is a "big boy" lighter, ready to take on any stick you could possibly throw at it.
  The Tri-Pump being reviewed today has the nickel satin chrome finish. Vector KGM also offers it in chrome, gunmetal, matte black/chrome, and matte black. Aesthetically, it is very impressive and it's mere presence demands attention. Functionally, their is a good sized handle for comfortable gripping. Good thing because the lighter is large, with good heft. The Tri-Pump has a solid weight, worthy of being categorized as table top lighter. On one side of the lighter is a Vector name plate. On the opposite side "Pyro Star Table Gas Lighter" is deeply stamped, looks great.
As the name suggest, the Tri-Pump features triple torches. Depressing the round pusher ignites very powerful blue flames. There is one "issue" I do not like about the lighter. Once the pusher is released, the flame does not immediately shutdown. I have seen this with other lighters as well, it slowly dwindles out. This lighters flames linger for a surprisingly long time comparatively.

Vector Tri-Pump Triple Flame Pic


  The little knob wheel, located on the handle is only for aesthetics. It does spin freely, would be cool if it adjusted the torch. Increasing or decreasing the flame is done in the traditional manner on the underside lighter. The bottom has a firm gray "sponge" surrounding it to protect the lighter and your table top. The Tri-Pumps body is two separate pieces, that meet in the middle. The seams are very noticeable. I mention this because I was expecting a one piece body. As expected, the fuel tank is gigantic and can torch a ton of cigars before needing refueling.
  The Vector KGM Tri-Pump is not inexpensive. Though, given the market of triple flame table top lighters and the uniqueness, the price is not out of line. Do a little digging and you can get this lighter at a more justifiable price point. Overall, CLR really likes the Tr-Pump. Just look at it, how can you not?!

Best Price CLR found here: Vector Tri Pump

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
10 - Aesthetics
8 - Finish/Construction
10 - Flame
7.5 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
8 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score - 8.7

Pros - unique, powerful, triple jets
Consideration - has a 5 year warranty vs Vector's lifetime warranty
MSRP: $135