February 2013 Newsletter


February 25, 2013


Kurt's Corner


     February brings us both Valentines Day and President’s Day.  It’s therefore fitting to celebrate our love of this country and particularly the freedom it gives us.  


     However, those freedoms are under constant attack, both from within and out!  This column has honored those who have served to protect us outside our borders.  Thousands also protect us from within, among them news pundits, bloggers, associations, and more.  Two associations, IPCPR (cigar retailers’ association) and the CRA (Cigar Rights of America, a consumer association) protect your right to enjoy tobacco.  


     Both of the birthday Presidents knew that attacks on our freedoms would start with attacks on the truth.  And they each prescribe the same solution.


Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light – Washington


I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts - Lincoln


     A real crisis challenges your ability to enjoy cigars.   The federal government has granted oversight of cigars to the FDA, who intends to regulate them out of existence as you know it.  Limited variety, defaced packaging, abolishment of walk-in humidors and cessation of individual cigar selection are among the threats coming from the FDA.  Regulation of production may make handmade cigars disappear entirely!


     A new bill before Congress, H.R. 792, will eliminate premium cigars from FDA oversight.  It will protect your right to enjoy the cigars you love!  This bill received over 220 sponsors in the last Congress.  But with a new Congress, a new Bill needs your support.  CRA will bring you this truth, and help you meet this crisis Act on it!  Join today.  Sign the petition through their web site!  Write your Congressman and Senator!  And, good smoking!


Kurt Van Keppel
President & Co-Founder

New Vitara, double flame lighter!
     Love our Element lighter? Then you have to check out our new double jet flame lighter, the Vitara. With a unique slide-action trigger, it features a built-in side 7mm punch, an oversized fuel adjustment wheel and an easy-view fuel window. Its body is slightly smaller than the Element and comes in 5 finishes including our new Pearl and G2 (gunmetal on gunmetal). 

XIKAR U: How to Light your Cigar with a Jet Flame Lighter

     XIKAR President Kurt Van Keppel demonstrates how to properly light your cigar with a jet flame lighter.

Don't Forget-- Register your Warranty!

     Be sure to register all of your XIKAR products on our website. To register your product, please create a new warranty registration account or use your existing XIKAR account to add a new product. The entire form must be filled our to receive your free XIKAR sheath. The information you provide to XIKAR Inc. is solely used to better serve your needs and is not for sale, nor shall be distributed in any other matter to anyone else. Once you have registered your product, you will receive a free custom-fitted sheath to protect your lighter/cutter in the mail within 3 weeks.
*We do not provide sheaths for the Scribe, Stratosphere, Tabletops or punches due to their unique size. 

Featured Product:
Xi Cutters

     It all started in 1994, when Kurt Van Keppel decided to buy a good cigar cutter. After purchasing several models, he found that both, the inexpensive and high-end models, under-performed. So he set out with Scott Almsberger to match good design (ergonomics and function) with the best styling and materials available. The result was the Xi cutter we all know and love today. XIKAR is proud to offer the Xi1, Xi2 and Xi3 in various designs and finishes to match any style. Whether nylon fiberglass, anodized aluminum, carbon fiber, exotic wood, titanium, Mayan cloisonne' or even diamonds, they are equipped with high quality 440 stainless steel blades backed by a lifetime warranty. 

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country year round 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:
2/28 Fidel's

in Kansas City, MO 5 - 9 p.m.
2/28 Cigar Lounge

in McKinney, TX 5 - 9 p.m.
3/1 The Maduro Room

in Lexington, SC 4 - 9 p.m.
3/2 Tobaccology

in Manassas, VA 3 - 7 p.m.
3/7 Smokin Premiums

in Stuart, FL 4 - 9 p.m.
3/8 The Havana House

in Rochester, NY
3/8 Cigar Castle

in Tampa, FL 5 - 9 p.m.
3/14 DeCuba

in Daphne, AL 4 - 9 p.m.
3/14 The Cigar Room

in Lee's Summit, MO 5 - 8 p.m.
3/14 The Cigar House

in Lawrenceville, GA 5 - 8 p.m.
3/16 The Cigar Shop of Biloxi

in Biloxi, MS 12 - 5 p.m.
3/26 GarVino's

in Oscala, FL 4 - 10 p.m.
3/30 The Briar Shoppe

in Houston, TX 12 - 6 p.m.

X4L Hall of Famer, Dan Kruse visits XIKAR HQ!

     "I was first introduced to cigars when I moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1985. At the time, Red McCombs owned the Spurs and was a friend of mine. At a basketball game, he handed me a cigar so I didn't hesitate to cut, light and smoke it. After enjoying my first stick, I was immediately hooked on the hobby.
     Cigars to me, are like perfume. You either really like them, you don't mind them or you hate them. If you smoke good premium cigars, the smells and aromas are like a great perfume filling the room with complex notes-- there is no better smell. I first heard about XIKAR at an event they did at Club Humidor with owners Tiffany and Keith Rumbo. I smoked the HC Series and immediately liked them because of their flavor and fair price. I have noticed that every cigar introduced in the HC Series has tasted better and better to me. This shows me that XIKAR keeps their commitment to being concerned for the consumer, giving them as much flavor as possible for a reasonable amount of money. I've been in sales all my life and in my opinion, an HC Series is the best cigar you can smoke in the world for many reasons. The most important is the staff, ownership and people at XIKAR use extra care when producing products compared to others in the market. Also, they provide a premium cigar for a good price when they could easily sell them for twice the price.
    Believe it or not, I have about 50 XIKAR cutters, lighters and about 1,000 HC Series cigars. When I was first introduced to XIKAR, I bought fifteen cutters. With such a great design and price, I needed more than one. Also, I purchased ten Tabletop lighters the first time I laid my eyes on one. The Tabletop is by far my favorite lighter because with the lifetime warranty, its large design and reasonable price, you can feel the value in your hand.  I buy multiple products to build a collection and of course to gift. It's fun to give someone a XIKAR product because I know it's a gift for a lifetime; they are going to have it forever backed by its unconditional warranty."
- Dan Kruse



Xi1 Room101 Cutter by Stick Review
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Habano² by Stogie Review
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VX V-Cutter by The Smoking Hot Cigar Chick
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Trezo by The Cigar Crook
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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 Kruse
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 March. Submit nominees to XIKAR at info@xikar.com

Be a part of XIKAR Nation! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see daily updates of events, pictures and even weekly contests to win XIKAR swag! 


 Who's your Paddy?! 

     It's that time of year to prepare for the holiday filled with luck, shamrocks, green attire and beer. But most importantly, facial hair. In honor of St. Patrick's impressive beard, we are looking for the best beard and cigar combo of 2013. Throw your razor in the drawer and send us a picture at info@xikar.com of your impressive facial hair smoking a stogie by March 17th 12:00 a.m. CST.
     The winner of a rare retired model,  Xi1 Shade Tobacco Leaf Camo Cutter will be announced on St. Patrick's Day! (Our 2012 Winner, Jon Whitcraft pictured above)

Mardi Gras Winner!

     Congratulations to the winner of an Executive II lighter, Carl Byrd!

Here is his winning entry:

Fantasy Football League Winners
     XIKAR has successfully finished their first Fantasy Football season. Although Team XIKAR did not come out on top, three members of XIKAR Nation received some well earned prizes. 
Champion and $1,000 in merchandise: Mark Bischoff "AshMarx"

2nd Place and $500 in merchandise: Kirk Bodick "Prince Harry Billards"

3rd Place and $250 in merchandise: Chris Riccio "Peyton Manthings"
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