Getting to use the ashtray, I found it worked very well. The way I typically used it was when I first started out with the cigar, I would rest it in the deep channel on the side and as I got to the final two inches of a cigar, I would typically rest it on one of the removable rests as it was easier to let go of it and pick it up.
The deep channels of the molded in rests hold a cigar really well as there isn’t a way for them to roll out and the depth of the rests make it easy to rest in almost any placement. Some rests aren’t very deep and you have to do a bit of a balancing act. The nice thing about the moveable rests is that they can be placed nearly anywhere around the perimeter of the ashtray. What this allows is that if you had more than two people smoking around it and didn’t need to use them to rest longer cigars, they could be placed in locations so that four cigars could be comfortably rested with the ash over the lower tray section.
There is a lot of real estate to hold ash and finished cigars, but I found myself emptying it out after about two or three cigars because it is shallow and I didn’t want to push the ash around to leave a vacant area for the next cigar to deposit its ashes. One note about emptying the ashtray is that if you have the removable rests on it, you will want to remove them before dumping it otherwise you’ll end up needing to fish them out of the trash as they don’t hold on when turning it over. This is not a big deal at all, but just something to keep in mind.