Accessory Review: Colibri V-Cut
So, you guys should all be familiar with Jeff by now. He’s our honorary Casas Fumando writer, and he kicked out tons of great reviews. If he keeps this up we are going to force him to join us full time. Until then, enjoy his newest “Guest” review.
Instead of a cigar review, I have decided to go with a look at an accessory this time around. This cutter came to me courtesy of Ana Cuenca of Cuenca Cigars. The spring-loaded Colibri V-Cut series comes in a variety of finishes and colors, with the solid colors retail priced at $39 and the Carbon Fiber finish, which includes the silver version being reviewed here, going for $49. The cutters carry a two-year warranty from Colibri, and Cuenca also offers a 30-day no questions asked return policy.
Taking the V-Cut out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how hefty this machine is – a full four ounces – and how solid it feels. Closed, it measures 2⅞” in length (4⅛” open), 1⅝” in width, and is ⅝” deep including the release button. The spring mechanism operates easily and smoothly while riding not only on the blade track, but two outer stabilizing tracks as well, and the finger indents make for a comfortable hold on the cutter. The bowl is smoothly finished and will accommodate a 60 ring gauge parejo. There is also an 8mm open slot in the back that allows for a nice deep cut on a torpedo. The “carbon fiber” pattern appears to have been printed onto the metal and has a glossy protective finish. Overall, it makes for a pretty impressive appearance.
In use, the Colibri V-Cut easily gives a deep and clean cut that produced an ideal draw on the cigars I tried it on, and the design makes it easy to clean out the clippings. The only problem I had was on the user – getting a well-centered cut took a bit of practice. The big surprise for me was how effective it was on the torpedos I used it on. The torpedo vitola is one that often gives me draw problems, but with the V-Cut, I got a great draw on them, even one I re-cut after getting a tight draw with my guillotine. The cut is so deep that I probably would not use it on any ring gauge smaller than 46-48 or so, but robustos on up will be fair game for me with this cutter.
I have not always been impressed with some of the products from Colibri, but the V-Cut has surprised me with its quality of engineering and function. It’s built like a tank, and I expect it to last for quite awhile without a problem. I will still use my trusty Xikar Xi2 for many of my cuts, but the V-Cut will also be on hand at all times. Due to its heft and bulk, however, it would probably not be my first choice for slipping into my pocket for away from home smoking. I also don’t want to lose it. 😉 If you’re looking for an effective and attractive cutter, I highly recommend checking it out.