How to Use a Cigar Punch Cutter

Things You'll Need

  • Cigar
  • Cigar punch

A cigar punch cutter removes a small piece of the end or the cap of a cigar and leaves a small hole in the end of the cigar. This hole allows the smoker to inhale through the cigar. Cigar punch cutters come in a variety of styles. Some cigar punch cutters are built into cigar lighters and some punch cutters are designed to fit on key chains.

Using a Cigar Punch Cutter

Remove the cap on your cigar punch cutter. You may have to expose the blade of the cigar punch cutter by twisting the body of the cutter or by depressing the plunger, depending on the style of cigar punch cutter you are using.

Hold the cigar in one hand and your cigar punch cutter in your other hand. Insert the blade of the cigar punch into the center of the end or cap of the cigar. As you insert the punch using gentle pressure, rotate the cigar. According to, you want to remove about 1/16 of an inch off the end of the cigar.

The removed end of the cigar will remain in your cigar punch cutter. Eject the cap by twisting the body of the cutter or by returning the plunger. Some cigar punch cutter’s have an eject feature to remove the cap. Discard the cap and you are ready to punch your next cigar.


  • There are many different types of cigar cutters and punches, but if you carry a key chain mounted cigar punch cutter you’ll always be ready to enjoy a cigar even on a surprise opportunity.


  • According to, if you push your cigar punch cutter too hard or grasp the cigar too hard you can cause the outer layer, or wrapper, of the cigar to unravel.



About the Author

Tate Higgins is a writer, teacher and outdoor guide. He lives in South Carolina and works on rivers around the country. He graduated from Clemson University and Colorado State University. His work has recently appeared in literary magazines including Phoebe and The Southeast Review.