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The most ubiquitous of all cutters today, the guillotine is a blade set in a frame with a hole for the cigar head to fit in; they produce a straight cut. The guillotine blade slices through the cigar head, removing just enough wrapper to allow the cigar to draw. A sharp blade is vital for a proper cut that will not pinch or tear the wrapper. In addition, proper technique is critical to ensuring the perfect cut.
Guillotine Technique: When using a guillotine cutter, it is important to put one hand as close to the head of the cigar as possible and apply a firm grip. This will keep the cap from shifting and ensure accuracy. It is also helpful to give the guillotine and/or cigar a slight twist as it enters the cigar, to avoid tearing or pinching. Details