Carlito's Stogie Nubber
by David "Doc" Diaz
Saturday, August 30, 2008
PRODUCT: Carlito’s Stogie Nubber
TYPE: Cigar accessory (nubber/stand)
MANUFACTURER: Carlito’s Stogie Nubber
WEB SITE: http://www.stogienubber.com
OVERALL SCORE: 93.3
Have you ever nubbed a cigar? You know what I’m talking about… smoking a cigar down so far that you were in danger of burning you’re your fingers and your lips? If so, you will likely be interested in this product. Carlito’s Stogie Nubber is a nubbing tool that will eliminate charred fingers and lips and will provide a handy cigar stand as you milk the last bit of enjoyment from your stogies.
I don’t nub cigars often. I usually pitch them when they start burning hot. However, there are times when a cigar is just burning, drawing and tasting so good that I can’t let it go. That’s the time for a Stogie Nubber.
Machine tooled from a block of aluminum, the Stogie Nubber looks like a silver bullet (vampires beware!) and could probably serve as a self-defense weapon, in a pinch. And yet, the Stogie Nubber has a more genteel use, namely to lance your moribund stogie for the purpose of sucking the last bit of life out of it.
PHOTO: A look at the Stogie Nubber
According to company president Chuck Leaf, he came up with the Stogie Nubber because he was looking to fill a need. Obviously, for Chuck, necessity was the proverbial mother of invention...
One night, I was smoking a Padron 1926 Aniversario and got down to the nub, not wanting to throw it away. I looked for a toothpick but I thought I could come up with something better to finish the stick. Checked out my rodmaking tools and saw the seamstress tool sitting there amongst them. Since it is made out of metal, I knew I could grind down the cutting edge to a point... a few moments later, the prototype of the stogie nubber was born. My best discovery about this was when I put the Padron on it, I set it down and went back to using the computer. I then discovered that it was resting on its own, near my computer, not in an ashtray gathering ashes, and my hands were free.
Using the Stogie Nubber couldn’t be simpler; you just unscrew the safety cap and stick the spike into the butt of your stogie. The 1/2-inch spike is scored so that it holds the cigar better. The base is heavy enough so that you can be sure your cigar and the nubber won’t tip over. The tapered barrel of the nubber makes it easier to get your mouth around the stogie; I found it easier to turn the nubber sideways while drawing on the cigar.
I have been using the Stogie Nubber over the past week to nub cigars large and small and the more I use it, the more I like it. For those of you who are nostalgic-minded, this tool will seem like a “roach-clip” for cigars. I certainly get that “60’s feeling” when I’m sucking the last bits of tobacco from my sticks.
A couple of things that I have noted while putting this tool through its paces… First, you need to be sure of the spot where you want to stick the tool into your cigar because you can’t pull it out and re-place it. Once you’ve plunged the spike into the cigar, you can't take it out without springing an air leak. Of course, you could put your fingers over the holes, like playing a flute, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Second, the small spike that you use to skewer your stogie is about a half-inch long, which is the equivalent of a 32 ring gauge cigar. Since the cigar will collapse slightly as you push in the tool, I wouldn’t recommend using the tool on any cigar less than 40 ring gauge. (That will give you a 1/8-inch safety factor.) If you try and skewer a small ring gauge cigar, you will run the risk of pushing the point all the way through the cigar and perhaps putting a matching hole in your finger.
The Stogie Nubber comes with a “lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.” This is not the same as an unconditional lifetime guarantee, which I would have liked to seen in this device. The most vulnerable part of the device is also the most critical: the spike. The spike is 1/2-inch in length and 1/16-inch thick. While the rest of the nubber is solid as a rock, the spike could be vulnerable to breakage. Though the spike is not likely to break under normal conditions, I still think the guarantee should cover accidental damage. In my opinion, that is the only thing that keeps the Stogie Nubber from attaining a standard for accessories in the same league as, say, Xikar or Palió. Xikar has a lifetime unconditional warranty not only on their cutters, but on every other accessory that they sell.
When all is said and done, the Stogie Nubber is a simple yet ingenious device. Chuck Leaf has a winner with this cigar accessory. At around $13, the Stogie Nubber is a tool that I can highly recommend.
Charles R. Leaf
Vice President, Sales
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