May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016
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Kurt's Corner

     We in the cigar trade have finally received the FDA’s ruling of regulations it “deems” to impose on the premium cigar and other tobacco trades.  Unfortunately, these new regulations will make it extremely difficult and expensive to innovate cigars (up to $300,000 and three years to introduce each size of each blend).  To add insult to injury, the FDA has grandfathered only those brands / cigars in existence for sale before February 2007, when Congress gave them the right to regulate tobacco.  Thus, all of the innovations in cigar blends and brands that you have enjoyed since February 2007 will simply cease to exist by June 2018. By some estimates, this includes up to 50% of the cigars in the typical cigar shop humidor.
    Yet we hold out hope!  A Bill to exempt premium cigars, H.R 662, has passed the House Appropriations Committee, and now goes to the whole house for vote.  A similar bill exits in the Senate: S. 441.  How can you help? Go to Sign the petition. And take “Action” with your Congressman and Senator via the “Action Alert” banner at the top.  Your favorite pastime needs you, NOW!

Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.


Introducing The National Collection

     As a salute to Old Glory, XIKAR is introducing the new Stars & Stripes themed themed Xi1 cutter and Forte lighter. Proudly display your American pride this summer with these limited edition collectors items, available while supplies last.
   Contact your local retailer for availability, or follow this link for more information. 

Read the Forte Single Flame Lighter from Blind Man's Puff.

Stay Connected

XIKAR Mobile Messaging

The latest way to connect with XIKAR has arrived! XIKAR Mobile Messaging brings exclusive promotional offers and news to the palm of your hand in real time! This is also a great outlet for members of XIKAR Nation who are not involved with social media to become more active in our contests and giveaways.

   Text "XIKAR" to 555888 to subscribe to XIKAR Mobile Messaging.
 WIN the New Caliber Collection

  Sign up for XIKAR Mobile Messaging before June 10th for the chance to win the Caliber Collection! The winner will be contacted and announced on XIKAR Social Media on Friday, June 10th!

Limited Edition Gift Sets

    XIKAR has assembled 4 limited edition gift sets to help kick off the smoking season! These sets will be available at select retailers while supplies last. Contact your local retailer or follow this link for more information!

High Performance Gift Set
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  • Full Throttle Turrim Lighter
  • Spark Plug 11mm Punch
  • MSRP $129.99

The Links Gift Set
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  • Forte Iron Lighter
  • Xi1 Grip Cutter
  • Hole-in-One Ceramic Ashtray
  • MSRP $149.99

The General Gift Set
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  • 18-24ct. Ammo Box
  • Xi1 Green Beret Cutter
  • Cirro High Altitude Reconnaissance Lighter
  • Commando Knife
  • MSRP $239.99

Renegade Gift Set
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  • Xi1 Defiant Cutter
  • Pulsar Rebel Lighter
  • Luxury Display
  • MSRP $179.99

XIKAR U Lighter Troubleshooting: Internal Flame Adjustment

   If the flame adjustment on your lighter is not within the desired range, you can change the internal adjustment range at home. Follow this How-To Video to clean out your burner and get your lighter back to its superior performance!

"I am so glad that you made this video because my XIKAR EX now works great again. The best part I don't have to send it out. Thank you so much."

-Frank Priv, YouTube

Featured Product
 M8 Cutter

  XIKAR's classic double guillotine cutter is dressed in a sleek metal body for a more refined look and feel and enhanced performance. The M8 features stainless steel blades for a smooth and clean cut every time. It's the perfect combination of style and performance. 

Watch the M8 Cutter review from Should I Smoke This? 

#XiDay Father's Day Ditch the Tie, Get an Xi

     This Father's Day, give yourself what you really want with #XiDay Father's Day! 
   Friday June 17th- Sunday June 19th, visit these participating locations to receive 20% off all XIKAR Accessories!
   Post a picture of your purchase using #XiDad for your chance to win even more XIKAR product with social media giveaways all weekend long! 

Nominate XIKAR 
2016 Accessory of the Year

    For 2 of the last 3 years, XIKAR has been awarded Cigar Journal's Accessory of the Year (XTX Tabletop 2013, Allume 2014.) Help us claim our 3rd title, and nominate the Forte lighter as the 2016 Accessory of the Year! Follow this link to place your vote for the XIKAR Forte!

    The hot rod inspired Forte is built on a newly designed chassis, delivering a consistent performance time after time. The all metal body features a built in razor sharp 7mm cigar punch, so you can always be ready when the moment calls for a cigar.
   Read the review from Blind Man's Puff and watch the review from Should I Smoke This? to learn more about the Forte lighter. Then follow this link to submit your nomination for the Forte lighter as Cigar Journal's 2016 Accessory of the Year!

2016 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, access our Events Calendar. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:

6/3 Honolulu Cigar Company
Honolulu, HI 5:30PM-9PM
6/4 Finck's Cigar
San Antonio, TX 3PM-9PM
6/4 Wooden Indian
Havertown, PA 11AM-6PM
6/6 Native Pride
Hamburg, NY 6PM-9PM
6/9 The Stogie Smoke Stop
Huber Heights, OH 5PM-9PM
6/11 JR Cigar
Burlington, NC 11:30AM-5:30PM
6/11 Stag Tobacconist
Colorado Springs, CO 11AM-4PM
6/12 Mickey Blake's Cigar & Golf
Southington, CT 1PM-6PM
6/18 Southern Cigar & Tobacco
Newnan, GA 12PM-6PM
6/18 ZT Cigars
Oklahoma City, OK 6PM-10PM
6/24 Cigars Plus
Norridge, IL 4PM-8PM

Consumer Promotion PuroTemp Wireless System
Purchase a XIKAR PuroTemp Wireless Hygrometer System between May 1-June 30, 2016, receive a FREE additional PuroTemp Wireless Remote Sensor.
Visit the XIKAR Consumer Promotions page for more information.

Testimonial of the Month

   "If you buy any lighter other than a XIKAR you're wasting your money. When you buy a XIKAR, it's a lifelong relationship. I've had mine repaired over the years and they do a great job. It always comes back looking brand new. It's simply the best."
--Quentin Franco
Share your own experience with the XIKAR Nation. Submit your testimonial here or leave a review on Facebook!

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