January 2016 Newseltter

January 2016
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Kurt's Corner


Twenty years is a short time. Twenty years ago, I had just one, not two kids.  They are now in college, and have grown up so fast that I like to say, “in a few short years, they’ll be older than me!”

And just twenty years ago, Scott and I started XIKAR.  Out of an idea we built in our garages and sold to our local cigar retailers, Scott and I built an iconic* cutter – and then a brand.  Of this, I like to say, “the brand is bigger than the product.” 

How does this happen, when the road to success is littered with innovative product?  We began with a product of great function, form (artful to the eye), feel (ergonomic) and sold it at a fair price.  And we didn’t stop there – we added a lifetime guarantee, with a commitment to treat our customers as we want to be treated: with concern, good communication, consistency and quickness.  Add in a little luck (the cigar boom), and a lot of persistence (we didn’t pay ourselves the first two years!), and that’s how it happens.

How does it continue to happen?  You make it happen. You continue the now twenty-year-old dream by supporting why we exist – through your appreciation of cool product and service you can trust. Thank you!  In the coming weeks, you’ll see a 20th Anniversary commemorative edition cutter, as well as a “thank you tour”.  I hope to meet each of you in person at one of these events.  And at that event, if you can tell me where the name XIKAR originated, I’ll hand you a cool XIKAR pin.

*XIKAR is extremely pleased to announce, on our 20th Anniversary, the award of a Trademark by the United States Patent & Trademark Office on the shape of our cutter. In order to achieve this honor and its perpetual protection, we had to prove to the patent office that our cutter had achieved “iconic” status. From Idea to Icon!

Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR Inc.

Kurt Van Keppel, who wanted to buy a good cigar cutter in 1994, found the inexpensive and high-end models to be under performing. So, he set out with Scott Almsberger to match good design (ergonomics and function) with beautiful and high-tech materials. The result was the Xi cutter, which they first assembled in their garages in 1996, and is now the market leader in cigar cutlery. 
Click here for the full story.

New Camo X875

   XIKAR's largest double guillotine cutter is now more stylish than ever! The massive and powerful X875 has been dressed in a camouflage wrap for the hunting enthusiast cigar smoker. Its sharp stainless steel blades can cut a 75 ring gauge cigar in half and can easily cap an 80! The X875 was designed for cigar smokers who think bigger is better! 
Read the X875 Review from
Cigar Aficionado

Now shipping! Visit your local retailer!

XIKAR Cutter Collections

   The past 20 years of XIKAR innovation have brought a variety of methods and approaches to cutting a cigar, including the iconic teardrop cutter, traditional guillotine, punch, v-cut and scissors. Join Kurt and the Smokin' Hot Cigar Chick as they journey through the features and benefits of each of these cutting styles, and demonstrate how to properly execute each cut for the ideal smoking experience. 

Testimonial of the Month

   Thank you so much for your absolutely AWESOME service. Today I received your parcel with the replacement lighter even the upgraded new model and my other lighter repaired also looking as new in the original boxing. I am absolutely speechless this is the best service I ever experienced and I will convince all my friends to never buy anything else then XIKAR when they need a lighter cutter or something else

Christoph M. 
Vienna, Austria

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

Now Trending

   We want to thank the XIKAR Nation for your continued loyalty and support over the past 20 years! We have a bunch of special productscontests & giveaways, events and surprises in store for you throughout this celebratory year! Be sure to join the XIKAR Nation on social media to stay up to date on the latest information and not miss a second of the fun! 
#Xi-Hop: Follow along each week as a XIKAR product is given the spotlight, spanning from when they were born to the superior product they have developed into today. Keep an eye out for your favorite accessory, and share your experience with the rest of the XIKAR Nation!

#TBT (Throwback Thursday): Journey back in time with Kurt, Scott and the rest of the XIKAR crew as we re-visit major events, company milestones and our favorite moments over the last 20 years!

Featuring Xi1 Cutter

   A stylish, lightweight aluminium body encases the hardest, sharpest double guillotine blades in a spring-loaded ergonomic teardrop shape that will fit comfortably in your hand for a perfect cut every time. XIKAR Xi1 cutters are bold, masculine and beautifully engineered. The unique teardrop shape and double guillotine action offer powerful cutting ability in one simple squeezing motion.
Watch the Xi1 Review from
Should I Smoke This?

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:

2/3 Telford's Pipe & Cigar
Mill Valley, CA 4PM-7PM
2/5 Roz's Cigar Emporium
Ocala, FL 4PM-9PM
2/19 Outlaw Cigar Company
Kansas City, MO 3PM-8PM
2/20 Outlaw Cigar Company
Overland Park, KS 11AM-5PM
2/20 Smoke Inn
West Palm Beach, FL 12PM-5PM
2/26 Honolulu Cigar Company
Honolulu, HI 5:30PM-9:30PM
2/26 Red Wine & Brew
Mentor, OH 4PM-9PM

Keep an eye out for Kurt and Scott's 20th Anniversary Tour!
Details, locations and dates coming soon!

XIKAR Product Reviews


Forte Lighter
by Blind Man' s Puff

Read the Review

Volta Lighter
by Cigar Advisor Magazine

Watch the Review

5x64 Turrim Lighter
by Should I Smoke This?

Watch the Review
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