December 2013 Newsletter


December 2013

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Kurt's Corner
  Happy Holidays XIKAR Nation! It truly is the most wonderful
time of the year, and the season for giving. It's easy to get swept
up in the momentum of the holiday season with travel plans, gifts,
(getting and giving), but I'm asking you to take a step back with me
and think about those that have to be away from their loved
ones this season. 

    The US Armed Forces make up a large part of XIKAR Nation, and
we do our best to show how thankful we are for their sacrifice for
our country. Over the past 2 years, XIKAR has donated over 2,040
accessories in care packages.  We plan to expand that number in
2014. XIKAR will partner with Cigars for Warriors next year to send even more care packages.  Cigars for Warriors’ mission is to collect and disperse premium cigars to US Military Personnel stationed abroad. Their goal is to let the men and women of our Armed Forces enjoy well-deserved moments of reassurance and relaxation. 

    To kick off our relationship with Cigars for Warriors, we are currently auctioning off our 1,000th Fossil Mammoth Xi3 Cutter, with all of the proceeds going to Cigars For Warriors.

The Xi3 Mammoth cutter builds on XIKAR’s long history of design, elegance and engineered performance with unique handles assembled by Scrimshaw Artist, Rick “HutcH” Hutchings. The highest bidder will receive the one-of-a-kind cutter, free inscription from HutcH AND get inducted into the XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame. Please join me in showing our US armed forces some love this holiday season and visit the auction site to contribute before it closes this Friday! Also, if you know anyone currently stationed abroad, feel free to submit a care package request to 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season,

Kurt Van Keppel

Made Simple!

Where did the calibrate button go? 
    We have been getting some questions lately about why we took the "calibrate" button off of our new hygrometers. Our VP of Engineering, Rob Lembke, has put together a video to explain it all.
   Learn the truth behind an accurate calibration method and how to test your humidification and hygrometer to get reliable results you can trust by watching this video.


    XIKAR is proud to announce the production of their 1,000th Fossil Mammoth Ivory Xi3 cutter and it could be yours!
    To celebrate this milestone and to honor our military service men and women, we are auctioning off this collector’s item during the holiday shopping season. All proceeds from the auction will go to Cigars for Warriors. Start bidding for a great prize and even better cause at

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events left this year for you to check out. To hear about all of the latest events/news, visit our tab for Events on Facebook. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:
12/18 Davidoff- Columbus Circle

New York, NY 3-7 p.m.
12/18 Blend Lounge & Cigar Bar

Indianapolis, IN 5-10 p.m.
12/19 Famous Smoke Shop

Easton, PA 12-5 p.m.
12/19 Finck Cigar Co.

Helotes, TX 5-8 p.m.
12/19 Jungle Jim's

Fairfield, OH 5-8 p.m.
12/20 Don's Cigars

Phoenix, AZ 
12/20 Karma Cigar

Merrillville, IN 3-8 p.m.
12/20 Jerry's Cigars

Tucson, AZ 3-7 p.m.
12/20 Tobacco Plaza

Lake Success, NY 6-10 p.m.
12/21 CI Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
12/21 Fox Tobacco

Gilbert, AZ 
12/22 Cigar Vault Emporium

Staten Island, NY 12-8 p.m.
12/22 Cigar Shop of Biloxi

Biloxi, MS 3-9 p.m.
See all XIKAR events


XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame Inductee:

Kevin Koscielniak

     XIKAR is proud to announce their newest member of the XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame, Kevin Koscielniak of Lancaster, New York. Kevin rarely leaves home without his trusty Acid Xi1 Cutter and EXII Lighter and believes so strongly in the quality of XIKAR products, he branded his 2014 GMC Pickup truck with XIKAR License Plates (see pictured).

    Kevin is a regular at Nice Ash in Depew, NY and bought his first XIKAR cutter 4-5 years ago.  "I love XIKAR because the products are well made and well represented, all backed by a lifetime warranty," said Kevin.
    When Kevin isn't enjoying good company at Nice Ash in Depew, NY, he has worked in many different areas as a civil servant. After serving 6 Years in the US Navy, Kevin spent 23 years as a Buffalo Transit Police officer leading the K-9 and explosives units. He began smoking cigars on those long cold Buffalo nights. Upon retiring from the Transit police, Kevin decided that he still had more to give to the public as a law enforcement officer and signed on with the Akron Police department in 2006 as a part time officer. In 2013 he signed up for additional duties with the Erie County Sheriffs Department where he serves as crowd control at sporting functions and concerts. In addition to his police duties, Kevin also currently serves as a Volunteer Firemen for the Depew Fire Department. 
      We are extremely proud to have Kevin in our XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame, thanks for all of your support! 



VX V-Cutter by Cigar Advisor
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EX Lighter by Cigar Crook
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Trezo by Should I Smoke This?

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Xi1 by Should I Smoke This?
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by "Should I Smoke This?" 

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Thank you
US Troops!

     Here are just a few of the brave men and women of our US armed forces stationed abroad this holiday. Thanks for all you and your families do and sacrifice for our country! 



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