The XIKAR XI3 Redwood cutter gives cigar aficionados some style points in their cigar tool set. An aluminum body with wood accents on the periphery encases HRC57 stainless steel blades in a spring-loaded, ergonomic shape. Not only is this the one of the highest quality cutters on the market, it might be the most stylish as well.
All Xi cutters are the same ring gauge: they can cut a 54 ring gauge cigar in half, but can cut the cap off of cigars up to 58 ring gauge.
First the two blades did not open uniformly, so one needed help to open fully. As I helped open it, the wood decor came off in my hand. Looked like it had just been wedged on: no fastener, glue or the like. So, glueing the wood back on, ofcourse i got glue on the blades, which now only open using great force. Silly of me, but nothing I would have done if the thing had worked right and stayed in one piece to begin with. Pretty item, but sub-par construction.
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5 out of 5
What a Cutter
Jun 28, 2011
Best cutter I have ever owned. The wood is beautiful. Great craftsmanship.