Kick Ass Cigar Tool
by David "Doc" Diaz
Friday, September 24, 2010
PRODUCT TYPE: Kick Ass Cigar Tool
MSRP: $25.00 (2 tools)
CONTACT: Bill Mitchell
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Below: Using a cigar tool requires patience and technique
Cigar tools have been a regular feature of the cigar marketplace. They come and go, but one thing they have in common are that they attempt to clear a path through a plugged stogie. I've had my share of cigars that were so tight, the draw felt like trying to suck a boulder through a cocktail straw. If there was some way to unplug said cigar, I would be eternally grateful, share my first born and sing the praises of whatever cigar tool it was that salvaged my sacred smoke.
That said, the prospect of roto-rootering a stuck stogie is easier said than done. The cause of a plugged cigar is either too much tobacco packed into the blend, or swollen, over-humidified tobacco that does not allow a proper draw. In either case, to unplug the cigar, you will need to create air channels through the filler tobacco of the stick. And therein lies the challenge of the tool; to cut through the interior of the filler without destroying either the natural flow of the draw or the wrapper leaf in the process.
I have found that it is better to avoid a draw tool, whenever possible. The filler tobacco is packed into a cigar so that it creates a natural channel for the smoke and at the same time filters the smoke as it passes through the cigar. When this natural flow is disrupted, you will often get various kinds of burn issues.
Below: Kick Ass Cigar Tools
Tunnels in the cigar filler create pockets of oxygen where the tobacco burns hotter and, thus, faster than the tobacco away from the tunnel. At best, poking a skewer through your cigar creates an unnatural channel for directing the flow of smoke through the cigar, which may result in associated burn issues or a "flooding" effect. Flooding is when there is a hole in the center of the filler, which floods with oxygen creating a hot spot in the burn. This can occur when the tool that is inserted into the cigar is too large in diameter.
Below: Three different views of the tips of the Kick Ass Cigar Tool
But, a plugged cigar will work against a tool because often when a tool is inserted into a cigar and pulled out the tobacco will spring back to its former position and the plug returns; kind of like a failed angioplasty. To counteract this "rebound" of the tobacco, many toolmakers advise users to leave the tool in place within the cigar for 20-30 seconds. However, even if this ploy is successful, it may simply lead to the flooding effect. That is, all the air floods through the hole created by the tool and the cigar smokes hot.
KICK ASS CIGAR TOOL
With the caveats out of the way, I can now talk about a cigar tool that appeared in the market in early 2010. The Kick Ass Cigar Tool is patterned after the now defunct "Henry's Draw Correction Tool," which I have reviewed a few times. I like the basic design and as far as cigar tools go, I find the Kick Ass Cigar Tool up at the top of my list. Though not quite as refined in form as the Henry's tools (yet), the basic design is solid and functions well. The two key features are the diameter of the tool, which cannot be too thin or thick, and the basic shape of the tip for creating the channel in the cigar. The Kick Ass Cigar tool uses a chisel-shaped head to do the trick and it works well.
Cigar tools are always evolving and the Kick Ass tool represent the creativity and innovation that continues to prod us toward smoking the perfect cigar. Like a surfer looking for the perfect wave, the makers of cigar tools bid us not to be satisfied with anything less than a perfect smoke. Indeed, it is easy to justify the purchase of cigar tools because by remediating just 2-3 cigars, you have recouped your investment.
OVERALL SCORE: 89.0
About the Author
David "Doc" Diaz is the publisher and the editor of the Stogie Fresh Cigar Publications. He has served as an educator, researcher and writer and has taught in the Health Education and Health Science field for over 30 years. He possesses an earned doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Doc is a Certified Master Tobacconist (CMT), having received this certification from the Tobacconist University and is a member and Ambassador of Cigar Rights of America (CRA).blog comments powered by Disqus