My obvious question is, can a cutter be actually worth $75? In the sea of $25 to $35 Xikar and Palio cutters that are readily available, what (if any) are the differentiating factors to this cutter.
First, seeing and feeling the cutter, it is quite heavy and sturdy in the hand. Blades feel sharp to the fingertips. The flat base creates a nice hold point/pivot point. The look is quite sharp as well with its nicely embossed features and painted surfaces.
Second (and more importantly for me) is the functionality. There’s two ways to ideally cut the cigar of which one in my opinion is better than the other. The first way is to hold the cutter in one hand and the cigar in the other. This way works fairly well aside from needing to closely eye the cap of the cigar as the width of the cutter does play a role. The second (and better) way to cut is to lay the cutter on a flat surface and put the head of the cigar flat against the surface. This worked like a charm every single time giving razor sharp cuts. Given the vast majority of cigars produced nowadays providing a thick double/triple cap, the possible issue of cutting past the head is a non-issue.
Overall, a justifiably pricier cutter with great cuts and great looks. If ST Dupont charges ~$200 for a comparable Maxi Cutter, I don’t see why Tommy Bahama can’t charge a steeper price as well. Purchase this cutter to class up your cigar accessories.