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Appealing to the eye and makes a nice clean punch. Be careful if you carry it in your pocket as it seems to open up a little to easily. I keep mine in the drawer of my humidor.
Only had it a week but seems to cut just right. Great draw every time. Only down side, being a twist cutter it sometimes exposes the blade while on the key ring. Haven't cut my finger at all but wondering if that day is coming.
I like the cutter well enough but what I do not like is that no one seems to be able to tell me what size hole it punches. For instance, I like a 6mm for my smaller cigars that cannot take the 9mm punch. I had thought that Xi called these the 007 and 009 because they wanted to give some info about the hole size. Guess not. Anyway, I finally found a punch cutter that has three different sized punches so I can get the draw I like from the correct sized punch. It folds away the blades into a rubber casing - ensuring no fingers get cut in the process and can hang from one's key chain. The name is Credo. Fortunately, the Xi cutter fits in between my 6mm and 10mm punches leaving me with four different size punches. I am ready for anything needing a punch cut!
I'll agree with several of the other reviews that this is a fantastic punch, and the appearance is sure to grab others' eyes. I purchased this punch several years ago, and was very happy with it for about 6 months. After getting a bit of use, it really loosened up, and the blade would randomly twist open in my pocket, and subsequently got destroyed pretty quick. I haven't bothered to try sending it back for a replacement blade simply due to shipping costs. This is the first Xikar product I am not fully satisfied with in my collection.
I love this cutter, it provides a smooth, cool draw every time. The one fault I find, I keep it on my keyring, and it has a tendancy to extend the punch in my pocket. Once that happens, the punch got all dinged up. It could be corrected with a something to keep it in the locked position.
At first I didn't want to spend this much on a punch, especially after getting one for $6 at a local discount cigarette retailer. My brother, however, talked me into it with his great recommendation. His has been to Iraq (twice) and has really held up. I bought mine and after using it on three cigars the cheap punch is now in the bottom of a drawer, nearly forgotten. This is such a great punch and by far superior to any cheapo punches - much better made, much greater cut, with a resulting better smoke!
Purchased one of these beauties last week, work so well ordered another this week, one for the wife and one for me, as always great product from CI. Nice clean cut every time.
Outstanding! My 007 arrived and though I've only used it a couple of times so far, I love it!
I have used every model of Xikar cutter. All I can say is, Xikar is the best. From the 007 and it's perfect punch and self-cleaning action, to the Xi models and their razor sharp cuts, every single one has performed flawlessly. Their customer service is the best! You can't go wrong buying a Xikar.
I bought the Xikar 007 Punch for its function, which is perfect, but I am loving the fringe benefits. This little distinctive beauty is an instant eye catcher and great conversation piece.