The Colibri company was founded in 1928 by Julius Lowenthal, the man who had invented the semi-automatic cigarette lighter. Along with their lines of writing instruments, small leather goods and jewelry, they’re well known today for their line of quality smoking accessories including a line of cigar-cutting tools.
The original 1928 Colibri logo was a simple, bold “Colibri” typeface. A small flame symbol was later added to dot the two “i” letters in the name. At one point, a lion was added to the logo along with a hummingbird (“Colibri" is a genus of the hummingbird family). Today, only the word Colibri and a small stylistic hummingbird adorn their products.
Colibri cigar cutters have blades made of coated stainless steel. Each tool is designed for both beauty and convenience. The blades are spring-loaded and designed for the perfect deep and clean cigar cut. Colibri sells hundreds of different designs in single and double blade guillotine or v-cut with a wide variety of colors and finishes.
Xikar cigar cutters
Founded twenty years ago, the Xikar company is located in Kansas City, Mo. The mission statement on its webpage states that the company is dedicated to providing a value to consumers through unique, artful cutlery at a fair price. Incorporating ergonomic design with function to achieve superior form and feel, the company backs up its products with a lifetime total satisfaction warranty.
Their cigar cutters are bold and beautifully engineered to be both comfortable in the hand and well-balanced for a perfect cut. The unique range of cigar cutters they sell complements every cigar smoker while still providing quality performance.
Xikar cigar cutters are designed for every occasion: v-cut, straight-cut, scissor cut, punch or multi-tool scissor cutter. The patented Xi cutter is the market leader of non-disposable cigar cutters.
All Xi Cutters feature 440C stainless steel blades with a Rockwell HRC 57 rating: they will cut a 54 ring gauge cigar in half. Depending on how much cap you cut, they will cut up to a 60 ring gauge cigar. Custom engraving is available for cutters ordered off their website for a nominal fee of $15.00. Xikar cutters are priced medium to high-end as justified by the high quality, elegant design and lifetime guarantee.
The Xikar Xi1 titanium cutter, for instance, is available on Amazon for around $40.00 and received 4.7 out of a possible 5.0 stars, an exceptionally high consumer rating.Always an innovator, Xikar also offers a combination cutter tool and lighter that combines the best of both worlds. Called the Ultra Slim Combo, it wields the power of a cutter and flame in one streamlined package. The price is $76.99.