Xikar VX-Metal V Cutter Review

Sep

24

by at 10:15 pm (5 Comments) Gear Reviews


Product: The Xikar ‘VX’ Metal V-Cutter

So I’ve realized there’s no way to do this review without a little preamble about my history with V-cutters.  Many years ago, when I started to get into cigars seriously, I wound up purchasing a green plastic no-name ‘3 in 1’ style cigar cutter for less than $10 from a local corner store. The el-cheapo guillotine style cutter offered small and large guillotine options, as well as a V-cutter on the side.  This was my first real experience with a ‘V’ cut (sometimes referred to as a ‘cats eye’ cut), and I loved it. I ‘V’ cut every cigar I got my hands on until my el-cheapo cutter dulled to the point where it was just mangling my smokes.   Did I mention the transition from sharp and new to mangling my smokes only took about a dozen cuts?   And so for years, this has been the problem with V-Cutters. If you’re a serious cigar smoker, you can find them cheap, but you’ll be mangling smokes in no time. You can also find them built into lighters and sold at outrageous prices, but frankly, most serious cigar smokers, and most of the guys I smoke with, can’t be bothered with something that costs so much and looks so pretty you’d be worried about dropping it or losing it. Enter Xikar with the VX series V-Cutter.  The VX is a relatively new entry to the cigar cutter market, and as soon as I caught wind of the product, I had to have one.  I purchased my Xikar VX cutter for roughly $49.99 with the gunmetal finish in March of 2012, and have been using it steadily since.  After roughly 7 months of solid usage, it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned about the Xikar VX Cutter.

Construction:   The Xikar VX cutter has a solid, hefty feel to it as soon as it’s out of the box.  The all metal build looks great, and there’s not a wobble or rattle to be found.  The cutter works with an action similar to that of a single guillotine cutter.  Whether you use a thumb and forefinger, thumb and index finger, or any other combination of digits to open and close the VX, there’s plenty of room for your fingers on either end, and it grips comfortably.  Viewed from the front, the VX shows just enough of the razor sharp stainless steel blade that those of you who haven’t used a Vcutter will be wondering if it’s really going to cut your cigar, or perhaps just scratch the cap.

If you flip the VX over to look at the backside of it, you’ll notice several metal screws holding the VX together. This impresses me for two reasons, the first being that if dropped (which I’ve done), you know the VX will not split open or otherwise come apart on you. The second reason this impresses me is because the exposed screws are bad-ass, and Xikar has taken care in the placement and setting of the screws, so that they become part of the overall aesthetic.  While looking at the backside of the VX, you’ll also notice that it’s curved just slightly enough to allow the VX cutter to act as a cigar rest.

Function: The slick looks and solid build of the VX would be utterly wasted if it couldn’t produce consistent, clean V-cuts again and again.  To my delight, the VX handled the first few robusto sized cigars I threw at it with ease. The razor-sharp stainless steel blade cut smoothly and produced incredibly clean cuts each time.  That was 7 months ago, and I’ve cut dozens of cigars of varying ring gauges with my VX since then. With no maintenance other than a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol to clean oils from the blade, I’ve been getting consistent, excellent cuts every time the VX comes out. Even if you haven’t used a V cutter, there’s no trick to it, and no real explanation required. You just need to open the cutter, settle the cap of your cigar into the circular depression on the face of the cutter, and decisively make the cut.

Overall: After several months of moderate to heavy usage, a few road trips, and a bit of abuse, my Xikar VX cutter looks and performs as flawlessly as it did the day I bought it.  Yes it’s a V cutter, but for me it’s become more of a dependable piece of cigar machinery that I rely on regularly.  Polished, tough looks, outstanding function, a very attractive $50-ish price point, and Xikar’s outstanding warranty all combine to earn the Xikar VX Metal Cutter the Cigaropolis seal of approval. I feel comfortable recommending this cutter to anyone, and if you’ve never used a V cutter, or are still hanging onto a cheapo-mangler like me a few years back, you’d do well to try the VX.

Rock out,

-Matt


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5 Responses to “Xikar VX-Metal V Cutter Review”

  1. Eric Scism

    September 25, 2012
    11:08 am

    Matt,

    great review of the VX! I love V cutters. I’ve turned a lot of my friends onto them, and they now prefer that to the guillotine cut. I’ve been wanting to get a xikar v cutter for awhile, and this just solidified my decision.

    • Matt

      September 25, 2012
      12:13 pm

      Hey Eric,
      Glad you found the review helpful, and also, nice site! I’m totally with you about the love of the ‘V’ cut. I find it’s the best of both guillotine and punch cuts, and have been relying on my VX heavily since I got it.
      Cheers man, and thanks for stopping by.
      -Matt

  2. Ralph

    September 25, 2012
    6:51 pm

    Hey Matt,
    Can’t wait to pick one up. Great write up. Thanks!

  3. Dan

    October 12, 2012
    8:12 pm

    Awesome review on the V cutter. I started off using nothing but a punch cutter for the first couple of years (after yielding poor results from a cheap guillotine cutter) and still resort back to one every now and then. Been thinking of giving one of these bad boys a shot; especially with some of the recent box press shapes coming out.

  4. Dosmildoce

    February 26, 2016
    1:34 pm

    Sorry I missed your poll. 10 years ago the Cohiba Robusto was one of the best ciagrs in the world. Happily for those of us in the USA, most of the best rollers in the world have emigrated to The Dominican Republic. Today, I would have to vote for the Tatuaje Black among the three offered here.

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