Michael: To cut, I typically use a scissor-style tool, also called the guillotine. The line that rings the end of a cigar is the cap. The wrapper leaf is all one whole leaf that runs to the end. The cap is holding that leaf on, like the belt holding your pants up. When you cut below the lines, you cut off everything that’s holding the cigar together.

Sam: Then it’ll start to unravel on you. The pants fall down. So you just cut the tip off the top, above the belt.

Michael: A cigar is rolled foot to cap. You’re cutting at or above the horizontal lines [the belt]. If we cut below the belt, that’s a problem.