January 2015 Newsletter

January 2015
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Kurt's Corner

On Cuba
On December 17, 2014, USA - Cuba detente negotiations suddenly appeared, with much speculation and questions since, surrounding Cuba’s primary exports, tourism and cigars.  “Will you go?”  “Will this be a new boom to cigars and your business?” are two questions I’ve heard every week since the President’s announcement.  My answers are in short: I don’t know. 
The big question among consumers, retailers and manufacturers in our trade is of course, “the new boom”. And the answer, once the legalities are worked out, lies in execution of the production, distribution and marketing of that product.  Brands and production quality from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua (among others) are already so well established, that Cuban cigars will hardly receive a red carpet with a free pass to the front of the line.  In short, we’ll see.
Will I go?  That depends.  I’d like to go visit a beautiful island paradise that makes great cigars, and more importantly respects and celebrates its citizens’ human, natural and political rights. Unfortunately, the President’s address on this topic is vague and ill-defined.  Perhaps they have it all worked out – but in absence of that information, I’m hereby taking the liberty of making some suggestions.
Among the rights I like to observe and enjoy on my visit are the right to due process, including probable cause, and a trial by a jury of one’s peers, under the law.  I’d like to know that I and my hosts are not potential subjects of cruel and unusual punishment, including long incarceration for political speech.  And I’d like that speech to be free to make, whether individually or assembled in a group.
And when the government errs, I’d like to see the opportunity for a redress of grievances, without risk of further violations to life and property.  I’d like to visit, perhaps even buy a condo, a place that respects the right to private property, without having the fear of unreasonable search and seizure.  And finally, I’d like my citizen hosts to have the right to keep and bear arms, so that when the government does err, does violate inalienable human, natural, and political freedoms, they may stand firm in protection and preservation of their rights.
In return for our consumption, tourism and investment capital, I sincerely hope the current administration secures these rights.  Immediate release of political prisoners, and the restoration of private property confiscated from Cuban citizens under the Agrarian Reform Law of May, 1959 would be a good start.
Under these conditions, I’d love to go to Cuba. And after that, I’d love to go to Venezuela.

Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR, Inc.


NEW M8 Cutter

   XIKAR's classic double guillotine cutter now has a more refined look and feel. The M8 maintains the same size, quality and performance that cigar smokers expect from XIKAR, but delivers it in a  new metal body. The M8 features stainless steel blades for a smooth and clean cut every time. 

Product Benefits:

  • New metal body for a refined look and feel
  • Engineered interior for a smooth and controlled action
  • Sharp 440 stainless steel blades for an easy and crisp cut every time
  • Abillity to handle up to a 70 ring gauge cigar
  • Contoured cutter body is the perfect place to rest your cigar

   Available in bead blast and gunmetal finishes, this cutter is the perfect combination of style and performance. 

Preview 5x64 Turrim Lighter

   The all new 5x64 Turrim is a tall, robust and unique double jet flame lighter. Its versatile cylindrical shape allows for easy portability in a cigar slot inside your travel case or as a durable table top lighter. Its massive fuel tank and oversized, racheting fuel adjustment wheel are revolutionary to the cigar industry.
Dare to be unique.

XIKAR U: Winterizing Your Humidor

   The days are getting shorter, the mornings are a little more brisk and it's time to winterize those lawn mowers.  Have you also remembered to 'winterize' your humidors? Summer months allow us to get a little lax in how often we check our humidifiers because of all the humidity present in the environment.  Winter months, on the other hand, require a vigilant spirit to combat the moisture-sapping season ahead. While the two-way nature of XIKAR's humidity products is critical during the summer months to remove excess moisture, the large-volume and open-to-the-air attributes of XIKAR jars and humidifiers make them perfect for winter as well.  
  • Some humidification products work by waiting for moisture to be pulled through a paper and plastic membrane.  XIKAR jars and humidifiers allow our specially-mixed PG solution to replace that lost moisture directly into the air, preventing cigars from seeing a roller coaster of humidity levels.  
  • XIKAR jars and humidifiers are sized for your ease of use.  Why worry whether those thin envelopes of gel are dried up already when you can have a humidifier that can hold up to 4 ounces of PG solution that keeps on working?  When the fluid level does get low, just refill with our economical PG solution instead of throwing another humidifier away.

Ring in the New Year with a Brand New XIKAR Accessory

    Select XIKAR Retailers are offering a FREE 1.9 oz. can of XIKAR PUROFINE™ Premium Butane with the purchase of the new M8 cutter or 5x64 Turrim lighter. This in-store promotion is valid February 9th- February 28th at participating locations.

X4L Hall of Fame

The XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize outstanding individuals of XIKAR Nation. Nominees are selected based on their love of XIKAR plus their passion for the cigar lifestyle.
 If you  know someone who represents XIKAR Nation with a passion for the brand, love for the lifestyle and appreciation of quality, please fill our 
nomination form.


Featuring PG Solution

  XIKAR PG Solution is manufactured to our exact specifications and is ready for use. Using XIKAR PG Solution and crystal humidifiers will keep your humidor at 70% Relative Humidity, ensuring a "humidor fresh" smoke every time. 

Product Benefits:

  • Pre-mixed and ready to use directly from the bottle
  • Two-way action ensures constant 70% Relative Humidity when used with XIKAR crystal humidifiers
  • Will not clog humidifiers due to the solution biodegrading
  • Created with a reverse-osmosis purifier, resulting in less than 4 parts per million of impurities
  • Contains an anti-fungal agent

2014 XIKAR Events

There are a lot of great events for you to check out and get some awesome XIKAR deals! To hear about all of the latest events/news, visit our tab for Events on XIKAR.com. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:

2/13 Humidour Cigar Shoppe
Cockeysville, MD 4PM-8PM
2/19 Your Cigar Den
State College, PA 5PM-8PM
2/20 Uhle's Tobacco
Milwaukee, WI 5PM-9PM
2/21 Outlaw Cigar Company
Overland Park, KS 11AM-5PM
Smoke Inn
Lake Worth, FL 1PM-5PM
2/22 Southern Cigar & Tobacco
Newnan, GA 2PM-6PM
2/26 Burns Tobacconist East
Chattanooga, TN 4PM-9PM
2/27 Honolulu Cigar Company
Honolulu, HI 5:30PM-9:30PM
3/4 Empire Cigars
Raleigh, NC 5PM-9PM
3/5 Empire Cigars
Apex, NC 5PM-9PM
3/6 The Maduro Room
Lexington, SC 4PM-9PM
3/13 Old Havana Cigar Company
Rome, GA 6PM-9PM
3/14 Old Havana Cigar Company
Gadsden, AL 3PM-7PM
3/15 Tinder Box
Columbus, OH 12PM-9PM


Testimonial of the Month

I just received my new lighter that replaced my old one. To my surprise not only is it new but its the newer model. I have never experienced better customer service and I will never buy a lighter from another company. I will tell everyone to only buy XIKAR.

Tom E. 
Oswego, IL

Share your own experience with the XIKAR Nation. Submit your testimonial here!

5x64 Turrim Photo Contest

We think your brand new 5x64 Turrim lighter would look even better paired with a new cutter! Tune into the XIKAR Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages during the month of February for a photo contest featuring the new 5x64 Turrim lighter! Weekly winners will receive the new M8 double guillotine cutter. Don't miss out!

XIKAR Product Reviews


Ultra Cutter/Lighter Combo
by CigarCrook

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by Halfwheel

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Allume Double
by Should I Smoke This?

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