PerfecDraw – Draw Adjustment Tool






The PerfecDraw is a tool that I has heard a lot about in cigar smoking circles.  I have tried traditional pokers and have not been happy with the performance.  Many times it creates tunneling and poor flavors so I am a little concerned about any of these tools.  This is created by a dentist who is used to dealing with small sharp instruments and should know the best structure of a tool of this nature.  Traditional pokers also tend to create cracking of the wrapper and can be a pain to handle so I'm hoping this provides something better.


Appearance: 

The tool is in a black metal case with a screw cap that opens to the sharp tool itself.  The case side of the black metal holder has a clip, much like a pen for a nice pocket option.  The is that of a small pen and is very sleek in look.  When open, the look of the tool is very nice with an arrow tip at the top and 5 smaller tips that are angled to allow for a nice clockwise motion for insertion.  Overall a very nice looking tool!


Quality of Materials:

The materials are very nice and solid yet light in the hand.  I have no doubt this is a tool that will last a long time.  The case is strong yet light and the rod of the tool is the same.  The quality is top notch on this one!


Function:

After you open the PerfecDraw you notice the sharpness of the rod tip.  The arrow style tips work very well for penetrating the cigar and don't create too much friction that causes a wrapper crack.  (Unless you are being careless)  The back side of each arrow tip has a sharp reverse barb type of back side improving the ability of the tool to gently pull out jammed tobacco.  As you pull the rod out after you insert it to the cigar I found it best to twist it both directions while pulling the tool out.  This shreds blockages and also pulls out tobacco easing the draw.  It also only makes adjustment in moderate increments as to not create a too open draw.  This allows you to get your "perfect draw" if you will... 


This also works well as a cigar holder/nubber as is screws in and keeps a seal.  Nice double function!  I have to say, the function surpassed my expectations by a mile!

 

Value:
At a cost of 40 dollars at the time of the review, this tool is not a cheap one.  That said you are not getting a cheap tool, you are getting one that works.  Simply said, this tool is well worth the money as it will last a very long time and actually works!  Tunneling is not in your future...at least it didn't for us.


Summary:

This tool is a great one.  I was skeptical as most pokers have not worked for me.  The size makes this a win win.  Something you can carry with you to a shop and not have to worry about lugging something large or heavy.  In addition to a great draw tool it is also a great nubber and I have used it more than a few times and saw no leakage of air... 


Simply put, great tool that is a MUST BUY!    Check them out at PerfecDraw.com










Overall Rating:

MUST BUY!


 

Review By: Matt

Tool Reviews

Xikar Xi2 – Cigar Cutter





Every cigar smoker knows the name Xikar and they tend to make quality tools for the cigar industry.  That said, their specialty are cutters and this one is a moderately priced cutter.  One thing that makes them stand out is their lifetime warranty which they do stand behind.  Recently they proudly replaced a cutter that fell into a fire pit...pretty damn good for any company.  Xikar is a quality company so we want to review their products to confirm each one meets their high standards.


Appearance: 

The cutter is a tear drop shaped cutter with a slightly textured finish in the granite grey color.  The look is pretty plain looking but also has a quality look to it.  This cutter does not have the small bolts around the sides as some other cutters that make have but I think that makes the cutter look nicer with a sleeker clean look.


Quality of Materials:

The cutter materials are high quality and the slide button release works every time.  The blades are sharp and make cutting easy as it does not take too much force to make a cut.  The finish is easy to grip due to the texture finish it is covered in.  The open and close function give you a confidece in the quality of materials.  (Even the sound)


Function:

Each function works well, from the open button that slides down to open the cutter.  The cutting action is high quality due to the sharpness of the blades.  The closing action does tend to have one side that closes faster than the other so you want to take the time to line up the cigar before cutting.  (Likely due to keeping the blades tight for a great cut)  The ability of the gauge is up to a 58 ring gauge so it should work for most cigars.  The shape allows for a one hand cut while holding the cigar with the other hand and works every time. 


One thing to note, be careful if you hold the cutter deep in your hand as you can pinch the meat of your hand.  I tend to use my finger tips and do not have any issues. 

 

Value:
The cost is around 30 dollars and is found everywhere  At this price, for a high quality cutter it is a no-brainer. 


Summary:

This cutter is sleek, sharp, crisp action, and easy to carry in your pocket.  You really can't ask for much more than that for a cutter and as with most Xikar products, this is a high quality one.  I like the textured finish for a good grip so be sure to determine which finish you want and note some have a slight texture to them. 


This is a great cutter that is a MUST BUY!    Check them out at Xikar.com for their full offering as well as info on the Xi2 cutter.




















Overall Rating:

MUST BUY!


 

After request to review tools to be used when smoking a cigar, we decided to go ahead and make a list of reviews of tools.  Since there are so many to choose from, we thought it made sense to share our thoughts on the tools out there to support your cigar hobby!

Don't Bother - Poor to Fair          Use It - Fair to Good          Buy It - Excellent         Must Buy! - Epic

Review By: Matt

How we rate cigars?

Appearance of the Tool
Look and feel of the tool can be very important when choosing one tool over another if all things are equal.

 

Quality of Materials
Material quality gives us insight on the longevity and ability of the tool long term.

 

Function
The tools ability to function as designed is of paramount importance!


Value
A tool can be great but also needs to be a reachable price for the quality.  We determine the value vs. the quality and function.


Overall Rating
In general, don't bother, use it, or buy it...must buy is the top of the scale! 

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

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