A few weeks ago I received a friend request on Facebook from the folks at www.CigarSpike.com and was a little intrigued and curious. My first thought was: what’s the difference between this and, say, the awl on my Swiss Army knife, or any other sharp object to pierce the cap on my cigar? I’ve been using a single blade cutter for years, needless to say I was skeptical. I decided to take a $3.00 chance on 3 of these and they arrived in a #10 envelope in today’s mail.
These are a heavy plastic, similar to a heavy guitar pick. I tried one tonight out on a Montecristo #5, which had a pretty flat head. I moistened the cap a little and pushed the Cigar Spike into the cigar. It just seemed to make too small a hole, so I gave it a little twist to open it up. The draw was a little tighter than I prefer, which I attributed to being used to the full cut of the guillotine cut. I was getting a decent smoke volume though, so I soldiered on. The Monte #5 was a tasty little cigar which was a few years old. It had that little bit of a citrus tang to it that I’ve noticed before in the smaller Montes. This is a small cigar, 4″ x 40 ring gauge, which was burning surprisingly slowly. I was curious at this point so I pulled out my cutter and lopped off the end. This particular cigar was a little tight, so it wasn’t a real good test of the Spike. Still a darned tasty cigar, but I’ll try the Spike again on my next cigar. I have some Camacho Corojo Candelas that usually have a pretty loose draw that will be interesting to try this on. I put one on each of my key rings, mostly because I can see myself losing these easily, but I can see an advantage to having something to put a hole in a cigar if I’m caught without the necessary tools. I’ve certainly spent $3.00 more foolishly than on three of these Spikes, I’ll keep trying these and report back after further testing.
Until next time,
Postscript 10/3 – I tried the Spike again with the Camacho that has had a very loose draw and it really made a difference. The cigar burned well and smoked with the firmness that it should. There seems to be a place for this tool, the trick is knowing in advance how the cigar will draw. I’m guessing pierce first, then cut if it seems restricted. — CC