Thursday, August 1, 2013

Xikar Xi2 Cigar Cutter Review

Xikar Xi2 Cigar Cutter
Xikar Xi2 Cigar Cutter
  Xikar is well known for their quality cigar cutters. This guillotine cutter is from Xikar's Xi2 lineup, shown in here in the silver granite finish. Other available versions in the Xi2 series are carbon fiber look, mesh, pearl white, bloodstone red, lapis blue, malachite green, and noir black. 
  The silver granite is a nylon fiberglass composite coating and is CLR's favorite version of the Xi2's. Has a great overall feel, with an almost sandpaper like texture. This texture makes the cutter very easy to grip, without any feeling of the cutter slipping when closing firmly. The cutter snaps open cleanly by simply sliding the release button down located in the center. It can cut a cigar up to a 54 ring gauge cleanly. Depending on how much cap you like to cut off it will handle larger gauges. CLR would prefer it to handle up to a 60 ring gauge as the recent cigar trend is more people now smoking larger gauges. The blade is very sharp and will stay sharp for a long time. Xikar use 440 stainless steel, with a Rockwell hardness rating of 57.
Xikar Xi2 Guillotine Cutter
Xikar Xi2 Cutter Open
  The Xi2 series is the least expensive Xi offered by Xikar, retailing at only $39.99 USD. The only exceptions being the carbon look and mesh versions at $49.99. Xikar being a top notch company offers another layer of added value beyond the awesome no proof of purchase lifetime warranty. If you register your new cutter on Xikar's website they will send you a free custom fitted leather fully lined sheath. Sweet! CLR has no "skin in the game" with Xikar, just think they are that good. 

  You will pay a bit more for this cutter vs. most cutters. Taking into consideration the warranty and free sheath are you really paying more in long run? CLR thinks not...

Best Price CLR Found Here: Xikar Xi2 Cutter

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
8.5 - Aesthetics
9 - Finish/Construction
9 - Clean Cuts
8.5 - Function 
8.5 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 8.7

Pros - great feel, cuts like a champ, free protective sheath
Consideration - not the best tool for 60+ ring gauges 

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