December 2012 Newsletter

December 2012

Kurt's Corner

Tis' the season XIKAR Nation! We decided to get in the holiday spirit for this month's newsletter, so sing along with "The Twelve Days of XIKAR Christmas" (just in case you feel like having a sing-a-long with your family this week). Also, enjoy our version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" including a video from Santa Claus!  

(Sung to the tune of the original Twelve Days of Christmas)

On the first day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me a free Lifetime Warranty
On the second day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 2 VPs selling
On the third day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 3 Shareholders
On the fourth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 4 Designers Drawing
On the fifth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 5 Happy Customers
On the sixth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 6 Xi Cutters
On the seventh day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 7 Stogies glowing
On the eighth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 8 Tweets-a-tweeting
One the ninth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 9 Reps-a-calling
One the tenth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 10 Punches Punching
One the eleventh day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 11 Orders shipping
On the twelfth day of Christmas XIKAR gave to me 12 Lighters lighting

I wish you a peaceful, happy and safe holiday season,
Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
New Executive II Finishes!
     XIKAR is proud to show off the new finishes of our popular Executive II. This single jet flame lighter is now available in a new pearl and G2 (gunmetal on gunmetal) finish as well as the red and blue finishes returning. These unique finishes are sure to make you stand out at the lounge with a striking appearance backed by high quality and functionality. 

XIKAR U: How to cut with an Ultra Slim Cutter

   XIKAR Co-Founder and CDO Scott Almsberger demonstrates how to properly cut a cigar with an Ultra Slim cutter, a mere 3.5mm thick.

XIKAR U: Bleed your lighter!

       XIKAR lighters are built to the highest quality standards to give owners the best experience possible, right out of the box.  The XIKAR supply chain pushes and pulls our products all around the globe by land, by sea and by air.  Pressure and temperature changes that your lighter may experience during this journey can cause pressure to build in the tank of your lighter, even if it’s empty. The good news is that there's a simple habit you can develop to ensure you never encounter a travel-weary lighter - bleed it before every fill.

      This quick and easy step is so important that, in the coming months, you will begin to see a printed insert inside every XIKAR lighter box urging you to bleed your lighter before every fill - even the first! Whether it's a fresh-from-the-box new lighter or a favorite that you brought along on vacation, bleed it before every fill to keep the pressure gremlins at bay. Watch how to bleed/fill your lighter.
Featured Product:
Ultra Slim Cutter

     Although this cutter doesn’t have the iconic ‘teardrop’ shape, rest assured the Ultra Slim cutter has passed our strict tests for sharpness, quality and style. It cuts a massive 64 ring gauge cigar with ease and is as thin as a few credit cards, (only 3.5mm thick!). The Ultra fits easily in your pocket or wallet and even magnetically adheres to the Ultra lighter! 

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country for you to check out this winter. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers.  
12/21 Don’s Cigars
in Phoenix, AZ 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

1/25/13 Thompson Cigar
in Tampa, FL 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
1/26/13 Thompson Cigar 
in Tampa, FL 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
2/2/13 Anstead’s
in Fayetteville, NC 5 - 9 p.m.

XIKAR's Twas the Night Before Christmas!

      XIKAR Headquarters got in the spirit this holiday season and made our own version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for our staff. Have a wonderful holiday season XIKAR Nation and enjoy! Watch the Video

Hall of Fame Inductee: Alberto Alfonso
     XIKAR is proud to announce and induct Alberto Alfonso of Florida as the fourth and final inductee into the XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame 2012. Alfonso was nominated by XIKAR’s Business Development Manager, Nelson Boronat for his exceptional support and commitment to XIKAR and his passion for the cigar industry. Nelson met Alberto at an event and was blown away by his collection of various XIKAR products. “Alberto knows everything about XIKAR as a company and all of our products. He practically owns everything we make,” Nelson said.

     Alberto was born in Cuba, raised in New York City and then moved to Florida for warmer weather with his family. Alberto now lives in Florida with his fiancé and two daughters. For 29 years, Alberto has worked as a policeman for Florida International University, which is part of the state university system running 10-11 universities throughout Florida.

     Albert developed his love for cigars while serving our country in the Marine Corp from 1977-1982. “Cigarettes never interested me so I started trying all the cheap cigars at the local US Navy store for fun while on duty,” Alberto said. It was while he was stationed in Barcelona, Spain in 1980 for Christmas that he wandered into a local cigar shop on a whim. Alberto decided to splurge and buy a $7 cigar for the holidays and was blown away. “I thought, holy smokes-- this is something totally different. It was like an awakening to the cigar world,” Alberto said.

     When Alberto returned to the United States in 1982, he started visiting different cigar shops to try different blends. “A NYC Italian cop that is a friend of mine, told me, ‘You have to have something in your life that inspires you. You can’t make being a policeman your life, this is your job.’ From then on, I knew that cigars are what inspire me, and I immediately became a fiend,” Alberto said.

      Alberto first heard of XIKAR 12 years ago when he found an ad of a Xi3 Tech Cutter. “It caught my attention because it wasn’t just another regular guillotine cutter,” Alberto said. He brought the ad into Sabor Havana but due to the Tech Cutter not being in stock, his first XIKAR purchase was an Xi3 Redwood Cutter. “From then on, my collection grew. Every time something new comes out, I browse the catalog or run into Nelson and buy something else,” Alberto said. His most recent purchase is the new Tech Triple lighter. Alberto keeps it with him while on duty because it matches his police car and uniform.

     At home, Alberto’s smoking lounge is complete with a XIKAR canvas sign and drawers full of dozens of XIKAR products including the full Mayan and Carbon Fiber collections. “I choose XIKAR because it is readily available and backed by a Lifetime Warranty that I have never even had to use. They’re the best.” Alberto said.

Pulsar G2 with Stick Review
Watch full review

Xi2 Carbon Fiber Cutter with The Cigar Crook
Watch full review

Incline Lighter with Gotham Cigars
Read full review

XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame

     The XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize an individual who has demonstrated exceptional support and commitment of the XIKAR organization. Nominees are selected based on their affiliation with XIKAR plus their passion and commitment for the cigar industry.

Carolee Martin
Fraser Monk
Jeff McDowell
Robbie Morton
Daniel Dwyer
Jay Bitzer
Michael “Moe” O’Donovan
Alberto Alfonso

Each year, four individuals are inducted into the XIKAR Hall of Fame. The next inductee will be announced in 2013. All retailers and consumers can submit their nominees to XIKAR at

New Inductee, Alberto Alfonso's Office with his XIKAR sign

Holiday Contest Winner: 
Congratulations to the winner of 5ct Travel Case and Red Executive II lighter, Josh McCoy! He sent in the most festive and creative XIKAR holiday picture.

Here is Josh McCoy’s winning entry:
The note reads,"From one BOTL to another -Santa
P.S. Thanks for the cookies and milk #X4L"

Here are a couple other great entries...

Michael Berlin

Bang Nguyen


     Happy NEW YEAR! Start 2013 right by winning a XIKAR contest! Send us your list of New Years Resolutions to Always remember, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate XIKAR into your entry (hint, hint). Our favorite and most creative entry will receive the Xi3 Titanium Spectra to ring in the new year! All entries must be submitted by January 17th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced January 18th in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.

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