The History of the Elie Bleu Humidor

The History of the Elie Bleu Humidor

The artisans at Elie Bleu have been practicing their craft since 1976. Since their first woodworking bench was put to good use, the company has built a reputation matched by only the likes of Dunhill, Dupont and other super-luxury brands. The first workshop was opened in Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the cradle of Parisian woodwork. Originally specialising in crafting wooden ornaments, Elie Bleu became well known in the French market. As consumers decided that the quality of Elie Bleu products was unquestionable, the brand began to create premium accessories of every kind. Watches, jewels, ornaments, cigar cutters and of course, humidors.

From the beginning, Elie bleu have been known first and foremost for their woodworking skills. Crafting a quality humidor requires a master of carpentry. Perhaps this is why the artistic humidors have become Elie Bleu’s best selling product. Not purely due to the beauty of each cigar box, but due to the supreme quality of each and every hand crafted heirloom.


The growth of the Elie Bleu Brand

Since the organisation’s founding, Elie Bleu gradually imposed its style and brand on the national market. First venturing abroad during the 1990’s. This would prove to be a game changing period for the business. Cigar sales took off in the USA, resulting in a huge increase in demand for humidors and cigar cases. After the recommendation of their products by a leading gentlemen’s journalist, Elie Bleu enjoyed tremendous success. Not longer after obtaining recognition in the states, the American market represented 80% of sales by the end of the nineties.

Following from the success, Elie Bleu opened its first shop in the heart of Paris. The store provided the best possible showcase for its product to the newly recognized ‘aficionado’. The year 2000 marked a new era for the company, expanding the product range and commissioning multiple product lines that were only for those with deep pockets. The Russian clientèle immediately fell in love with the company’s products. An Elie Bleu shop opened in Moscow in December 2006.


Have a look at some of our Favourite Elie Bleu Humidors

Elie Bleu humidors are a more than just a functional piece of furniture. They are art. Each individual humidor is hand crafted to perfection before being hand painted and inlaid with various marquetry. Here are a few of our favourite humidors.elie bleu snake humidor


Elie Bleu Snake Humidor

The Snake line was created to commemorate the year of the snake, in Chinese astrological culture. In the east, the snake is admired as the perfect being. Known for his will, revered for his wisdom and thought up to for his sagacity. The unrivaled artisans at Elie Bleu have hand crafted every one of these cigar boxes from sycamore timber, or ebony in the case of one unique design. This would be the perfect functional ornament to complete your collection. Alternatively, the humidor would make a brilliant gift for a friend born in the year of the snake.


Elie Bleu Gun Humidorelie bley gun humidor

The Gun inspired humidors have the capacity for 110 cigars. Every one of the designs features the same James Bond-esk automatic pistol with a silencer. This gives the line a very manly character and certainly livens up the scenery. A humidor from this line would fit in perfectly in a good gentlemen’s cigar lounge or man-cave.


Elie Bleu Che Humidorelie bleu che humidor

This 25 cigar humidor is the smallest that produced at the workshop. The unmatched quality and intricate attention to detail that is quintessential of the larger humidors has been packed into this smaller, 25 capacity cigar box. On the lid of each humidor is a hand painted recreation of perhaps the most famous photograph in the world: Alberto Corda’s shadow picture of the brilliant mind behind the Cuban revolution. The functional ornament is finished with a lock and key to keep cigar thieves out!

As always, thank you for reading our blog post. If you would like to have a closer look at our broad range of Elie Bleu humidors, then please click here.

The rise of the table cigar lighter

The rise of the table cigar lighter

In recent years, the liberty of free time has become a luxury. Gone are the days when an aficionado could head to their favourite smoking den to meet fellow connoisseurs and enjoy the latest blend. This is the freedom that has been stripped from most of us at least due to the pressures of modern life and a plethora of regulations and legislations that have been graciously gifted to us.

The result of this is more and more enthusiasts smoking cigars at home as opposed to in a social environment. In turn, this has led to the rise of the table cigar lighter. In 2016, the range of hefty, powerful lighters increased dramatically to fill a gap in the market. We can only expect the popularity of table cigar lighters to continue to grow or to hit maturity this year.


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The Fascinating Story Behind Xikar Cutters

Xikar History

Xikar are the self proclaimed ‘Best thing to happen to cigars since fire’. Given the excellent quality of every single one of their accessories that is a difficult statement to argue with! The name Xikar comes from the Taino (Indigenous people of the new world) word for cigar, which is ‘sikar’. The ‘X’ was added so that the brand would be more memorable but also to represent the double blades that Xikar cutters feature.

The Men Behind Xikar

Kurt Van Keppel is the leading innovator behind Xikar products and is the current president of the company. Scott Almsberger is the vice-president and director of design. The two came together through an eye for innovation and a dissatisfaction with the cigar accessories market. Kurt, who has an MBA, took control of management and administration whilst Scott, who was an industrial designer by trade, took control of engineering and product design. A long time ago in 1994, when we were all younger, Kurt wanted to buy a good cigar cutter. He found that both the inexpensive cutters and the high-end models were under performing and not providing good value. In response to this, Kurt and Scot set out to produce a new style of cutter that combined a unique design with the reliable materials at the best quality price. The two men assembled the prototype in their garage. The result was Xikar’s first Xi cutter, featuring the iconic tear drop design.

Xikar Product Range

The cigar cutter assembled in Kurt’s garage would go on to become the market leader! Not without good reason either, Xi cutters are with out a doubt the most reliable pieces of cigar cutlery in production today. The original Xi cutter would go on to inspire the Xi1, Xi2 and Xi3 cutters that Xikar offer nowadays. Xikar do not only produce one type of cigar cutter however, Kurt and Scott have been innovating throughout the 20 years that the company has been thriving. Xikar produce punch cutters such as the 009 and 007, V-cutters such as the V-Cut. As well as guillotine cutters that do not feature the iconic Xikar tear drop shape such as the X8, M8 and the new Ultra Slim. Not forgetting the stainless steel cigar scissors and knives such as the MTX multi tool. Although cutters were the speciality of Xikar, the brand have since innovated a variety of cigar accessories such as their lighters, cases, ashtrays and humidification systems. All of which are of the best quality and feature some almost genius designs.

Xikar’s most iconic products

Xikar are an iconic brand in the cigar world. If you ask any reputable aficionado about the best cigar cutlery, they will surely recommended Xikar. The brand have become so sure of their products that each and every one is sold with a lifetime warranty! There are of course a few Xikar products that particularly stand out for whatever reason, design, aesthetics or usefulness.

Xikar Xi3 Mammoth Tusk

Xikar Xi3 Cutter MammothA cigar cutter as impressive as the beast that inspired it! This cigar cutter is the rarest accessory that Xikar have ever made. The design is derived from the traditional Xi tear drop shape with high carbon stainless steel blades. The handles are made from some of the most scarce material on earth – 10,000 year old fossilised mammoth tusks. The definition of a luxury product. You can take a closer look at this magnificient cutter here.

Xikar Stingray Sheath

A sheath for your cigar cutter made from the hide of a tropical stingray may sound like an extravagant and unnecessary piece of equipment, until you realise that Stingray leather has been used for centuries, mainly in Japan. Not only is the hide of a Stingray waterproof, but it is durable enough to be used as armour by Samurai and is also fire proof, puncture proof and resistance to abrasion! To top it all off Stingrays are abundant in the wild and are fished sustainably. The meat is a delicacy across the pacific. Furthermore, the Xikar Xi3 Mammoth Tusk cutter slides into the holster perfectly, making for an impossibly manly combination of cigar accessories. The team here at Its A Man’s World hope that you enjoyed reading out blog! What are your opinions on Xikar? We love to read your opinions so be sure to leave a note in the comments section down below!

What are the Four Types of Cigar Cutter?

What are the four types of cigar cutters?

Types of cigar cutters

A fraction of the types of cigar cutters available on the market.

During the final process of making a quality cigar, the end is sealed with a protective cap. This is to prevent the cigar unwrapping, as it experiences varying levels of humidity on the road to your ashtray. To be smoked, a cigar cap needs to be opened with a cigar cutter. This can mean slicing it through with a guillotine cutter, or simply removing it with your teeth as they did before the age of luxury cigar cutters. Some distinguished cigar aficionados insist on using a specific style of the four types of cigar cutter, whilst others just use whatever is convenient. Below you will find the current most popular types of cigar cutters.

Guillotine cutter

The most popular type of cigar cutter, the guillotine is used to perform a smooth cut across the end of the cigar. They come in two varieties, single blade and double blade. The double blade is more common and generally a better choice for a smoother slice through the cigar head. Single blade cutters are known to spoil a smoking experience by damaging the cigar, as it is forced against the blunt side of the tool. The best technique to avoid this is to press the cigar against the sharpened blade and swiftly close the guillotine, producing a clean-cut, hopefully. An alternative to this is to use the much more proficient double guillotine cutter. Blades are readied at both ends of the chamber then sprung shut simultaneously, cutting the cigar from both sides. One Luxury double guillotine cutter we recommend is Tonino Lamborghini’s cigar cutter We sell popular brands of both double and single-edged guillotine cutters, including Xikar, S.T Dupont and Dunhill

V-Cutter

V-cutters are aptly named after the V-shaped notch they make in the cigar cap, also called a “cat’s eye”. V-cutters don’t disgruntle as much tobacco as the other types of cigar cutters. This allows cigar smokers to draw more air through the cigar without exposing their tongue to the harsh tobacco. V-Cuts are a good type of cigar cutter for cigars with a smaller ring gauge, though we do supply V-Cutters that can be used on a 70 ring gauge cigar with ease, such as the Xikar VX. It is intelligent not to produce too deep of a cut, however, as often this will cause the smoke to become too hot.

Punch cutter

Punch cutters are the most subtle of the four types of cigar cutters. Often small and carried on key rings, punch cutters contain a blade with a razor edge that is usually concealable. The best technique is to gently push the blade into the head of the cigar to core out a small opening. If you prefer a lot of smoke, simply insert the cutter a few different times to form a hole with a wider radius. If you are one for cigars with a mixed filling, this is the cigar cutter for you. The chance of bits of tobacco ending up in your mouth is minimised. This type of cigar cutter however is not a good choice for smaller cigars or torpedo types.. We supply some excellent Xikar punch cutters!

Scissor cutter

Cigar scissors and guillotine cutters are similar types of cigar cutter, in the respect that they produce the same end result. Cigar scissors are usually manufactured with surgical quality stainless steel to produce a crisp cut across the cap. Be careful however, because low quality cigar scissors (or regular household scissors!) will likely cause your cigar to tear and unravel. It is important to remember the maintenance of your cigar cutters. If one allows the blades to dull this could lead to cutters which crush the cap and damage cigars. You can view the various types of cigar cutters which we stock, along with a multitude of quality brands.