Cutting and lighting a cigar is like any other skill: it takes practice to perfect it. First, I recommend that you get a good cutter that will not become dull after repeated use. A dull cutter will simply maul the cigar, not cut it, and you can easily ruin an otherwise good smoke. A double-edged guillotine cutter is perhaps the best method of cutting. Place the cigar firmly against both blades, and clip the head off with a quick stroke. The double-blade setup achieves the cleanest cut possible with t he least amount of damage to your cigar.