The most common approach is the Guillotine. Available in single blade for value and convenience, and double blade for style and durability, guillotine cutters ensure a clean cut a good draw. They’re good on the go and are generally easy to sharpen when the blades start to dull. But be careful: if you take too much off the top, the leaf can begin to unravel, resulting in the potential loss a fine smoke.
Fortunately, there are options that help avoid ruining the wrapper. One tool favored by many is the Punch. The tool does exactly what it sounds like. A sharp, round blade punches a circle in the cap on the head of the cigar. Prized for it’s fool-proof ease of use, this method can sometimes result in smoke that is too hot and flavors that are too intense. My personal preference for most smokes is the V-Cut. It has the same convenience as a guillotine, except the single blade is shaped like a V, resulting in a perfect notch that both draws well and distributes smoke.
Spears are a more modern device that are growing in popularity. Usually about half the size of a pen, its sharp point pierces multiple tiny holes in the cap. It takes a little more time and care than the other methods, but the result is a great draw with cool smoke, and zero chance of the cigar falling apart.
All of these cutters, spears, and punches are available upstairs at 2 Union. Come find your favorite!