Xikar Cigar Cutter Review
Xikar cigar cutters are very necessary for any cigar smoker. I have used Xikar cigar cutters for several years now and have tried all different models. The current review will look at the difference between the Xi2 and the Xi3 lines. I will start by giving some of the characteristics of xikar cigar cutters
About Xikar Cigar Cutters
Xikar cutters have Unique, cutting edge designs and exotic handles combined with polished stainless steel blades, which give these cutters a truly distinguished look. They also possess a bold, masculine and beautifully engineered shape which features a unique teardrop shape and double guillotine action that give the powerful cutting ability in one simple squeezing motion. These cutters have blades hardened to a Rockwell C rating of 57, the result is the hardest, sharpest blade you can buy.
With all the similar characteristics, I had to use the all the cutters to come out with the differences between them. Here are some of the differences I noticed between the xi2 and xi3 models.
Best Price on the Xikar
Depending on where you look, the prices on the Xikar Xi2 and Xi3 ranges a substantial amount.
- Amazon has the best prices on these cutter. Check out current prices.
- Cigars International is not too far off on prices and may offer better deals than Amazon on certain styles.
- Famous Smoke prices are somewhat higher though they seem to offer some more higher ends style selections than Amazon and Cigar International.
Differences between Xikar Xi2 vs Xi3
They have different material on the outside. Xi2 is nylon-fiberglass composite exterior that comes in various colors. Xi3 has exotic materials including, Redwood, Beachwood and Zebrawood and is outfitted with a variety of exotic wood handles and it has a titanium nitride coating which gives the cutter an extremely durable exterior
Xikar Cigar Cutter Review
While I think the Xi2 is a nice cutter and certainly does the job, the Xi3 is heavier in the hand, has a smoother action and provides a much cleaner cut. The term ‘like a hot knife through butter’ comes to mind when using the Xi3 cutter. The difference is very noticeable
The Xi3 possess the same HRC55 Stainless Steel blades. HRC refers to a particular hardness scale (Rockwell C scale), based on an instrument that presses a diamond stylus with a specific force into the material being tested. On the other hand, the Xi2 has a Solingen (Germany) stainless blade which makes you have a good precision feel of the cutting action.
The xi3 model is the heaviest of all the models reviewed especially with its Zebrawood model which is tipping the scales at 2.2 ounces which makes it sturdier and heavier than the other models. The Xi2 model which is weighs in at a svelte 1.4 ounces making it lighter than the other model and can be called an on-the-go cutter because you can throw it in your golf bag glove box or picnic basket easily and not worry if you drop it. It also enables you to hold up to some abuse.
The Xi2 is 3 inches long and 1.75 inches wide starting at a price of $39.99 while on the other hand the Xi3 has same dimensions as the Xi2 model but instead starts at a price of $79.95 which is far more expensive than the Xi2 model which starts at $39.99