Xikar MTX Multi Tool
by David "Doc" Diaz
Friday, March 27, 2009
PRODUCT: Xikar MTX Multi Tool
TYPE: Cigar cutter and multi-tool
CONTACT INFORMATION: XIKAR, Inc
Toll Free: 1-866-676-7380; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEB SITE: http://xikar.com/cutters_ximtx.asp
[NOTE: the multi tool being reviewed here is the original tool by Xikar. TSA regulations caused the company to update the model and not include a knife blade.]
BACKGROUND: To say I collect a lot of gadgets may be an understatement. In my opinion, one can never have enough lighters, cutters, pocketknives, flashlights… you get the idea.
That said, I came across a Multi Tool from the Xikar Company that I thought would be an excellent addition to my burgeoning collection of gadgets. Xikar is best known for their broad range of Xi Cigar Cutters, but like any good company, they have learned to diversify. Xikar now has products ranging from several different models of cutters lighters, cigar cases, humidification devices, and a variety of accessories.
The Xikar MTX Multi Tool comes in four flavors: a bead blasted Titanium finish, Chrome finish, and Gold and black finishes. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for all models is $39.99.
FORM: [Score: 95] The Multi Tool is very compact and will easily fit in your pocket or, better, the watch or knife pocket of your jeans. At 1-ounce you will barely feel this tool in your pockets and at only 2-1/4 inches long, it has a very small footprint. The reason for its svelte size is because it is a "transformer," of sorts. The handles fold into the body, but when fully extended for using the cigar scissors, the multi tool is 4-inches long. James Bond would be proud.
Though not especially "cool" looking, the combination of transformer function and size would still bump it to a 9 PODS, on the 1-10 “Pod Factor Scale.”
FUNCTION: [Score: 88] Though this is a "multi tool" its primary function would still be considered a cigar cutter. As a cutter, it does have some drawbacks. I used the tool to cut cigars of various sizes and shapes. I made at least 60 cuts and became very familiar with its cutting action (I keep 100's of "dog rockets" around for testing cutters). The cutter tool will make fine cuts up to about 48 ring gauge. As the cap of the cigar get larger than 48, the cutter tends to squash the cigar. The Xikar product information says that the tool will cut up to a 54 ring cigar. That is probably because, on a 54 RG cigar, the portion of the cap that will be removed is somewhat smaller, say around 48 RG.
Another thing I noticed about the cutting action was that, as I tried to cut larger cigars, the force that I needed to generate to make a cut became exponentially greater. That's when I noticed that the very thin guide rings on the scissor handles started to make deep creases in my fingers.
But there is more to this tool than just its ability to cut the cap of your cigar. The product has four handy tools, besides the cutter, that will be of great value to a cigar smoker. The tools include a cigar poker, cigar box opener, screwdriver, and bottle opener. The poker tool may work well enough to open up a plugged cigar, though I wasn't able to test that function. It seems a bit short to unplug a cigar unless the plug is within an inch or so from the point of insertion. However, I found that same tool to work perfectly for purging the fuel reservoir on my butane torch flame lighters.
The screwdriver tool was just the right size to manipulate the flame adjustment screw on about 2/3 of my butane lighters. The small blade does work fine for opening cigar boxes, both for cutting through the tax stamps and for prying up those boxes that are shut using a small nail.
The bottle opener is really pretty delicate. It will, in fact, open up a standard beer bottle, but it wouldn't get any prizes for ease of use. The tip of the bottle opener can be used as a cigar box opener and as a tiny screwdriver for those smaller fuel reservoir screws found in some lighters.
Though none of the tools as a standalone would win many awards, they certainly get the job done and, after all, isn't that what a multi tool is all about?
VALUE: [Score: 88] Though these multi tools can seem a bit pricy, given the Xikar 100% lifetime warranty they are certainly a purchase you should consider. The price may be a bit steep for some, considering that you can buy some very fine cutters for the same price. But, if you're like me, you may just want to have one of these handy for the right occasion. The more I use it, the more I like it and the more uses I find for it.
I ascribe to the theory that you can fix just about anything with duct tape and a Swiss Army Knife. Well, if you are a cigar smoker, you could probably fix pretty much anything with the Xikar MTX Multi Tool.
Color: Bead Blast Titanium finish
Length: 2-¼ inches
Width: 1-¼ inches
Weight: 1.0 ounces
OVERALL SCORE: 90.3
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).