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July 2014 Newsletter


July 31, 2014

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Kurt's Corner
We are back from Las Vegas, and the IPCPR Trade Show
was a tremendous success! Our team works hard all year
to create the newest and most cutting edge cigar
accessories, and this year was no exception. The latest
XIKAR innovations were inspired by beauty and power, from
the heights of mountaintops, to the depths of the ocean.
You will be prepared to take on cigars bigger than you've 
ever imagined
, and will never again find yourself without a
cutter on hand
. Of course, all products exemplify 
superior form, feel and function, the Essence of XIKAR!

The industry received our new accessories with adulation
at the IPCPR Convention, and we look forward to getting them into your hands. This newsletter will introduce you to some of the new XIKAR innovations, and we will continue to feature a new product every month through the end of the year. 

 I want to thank you all for your loyalty to XIKAR as we progress with our commitment to revolutionary product development. I am certain that you will be impressed not only with the new releases, but the future introduction of creative concepts as XIKAR continues to serve you... for life!


Kurt Van Keppel

October 2012 Newsletter



October 2012
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     I wonder why Merriam-Webster struggled to define excellence:  “A quality of being excellent, eminently good, first-class, great worth, of exalted merit, a virtue.” Perhaps Webster didn’t play sports as a boy.
Sports act as life’s coach, teaching by example and training such important qualities as discipline, hard work, team work, persistence and of course success and failure.  We so celebrate sports teams and heroes for their excellence – that almost any fan could tell Webster what excellence looks like.
Sports also conditions and prepares us for the much harder work of the mind.  Excellence isn’t easy.  It isn’t lazy or complacent.  It isn’t “good enough”.  It requires all of the same attributes of the sports hero, but on the fields of our thoughts.  Excellence demands a high level of mastery over our minds -- that may be attuned to entertainment rather than prone to action.
I find it rewarding that like sports, life rewards effort, or the attempt at excellence.  “I've always tried to do my best on the ball field. I can't do any more than that. I always try to give one hundred percent; and if my team loses, I come back and give one hundred percent the next day.” Excellence in life is like that: “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.”   
Here at XIKAR, we strive for and reward excellence.  I’ve just rewritten our Mission Statement to memorialize this: “XIKAR is an innovation company whose mission is to create innovative and excellent product combined with exceptional customer experience.  Our goal is to be great at our mission, and achieve our potential through the highest capabilities of our people, enhancing and developing those along the way.”  Thank you for supporting us in that!

Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
New Room101 OSOK Xi1 cutter and EXII lighter!
     Room101 is the luxury lifestyle brand for those who demand quality with an edge. Together, XIKAR and Matt Booth demand quality and design and Matt’s Room101 Brand is now captured in an inspired collection with both style and Asian influence.

     OSOK which is short for “One Shot, One Kill”, is a collaboration between Matt Booth and photographer Edgar Hoill, who gets his nickname “One Shot One Kill” from his ability to capture breathtaking photographs with one “shot”. The OSOK EXII lighter is a single windproof flame design that makes this lighter the perfect cigar tool for any cigar enthusiast. The OSOK design gives this lighter the final creative touch, making it the perfect lighter to complement your classic OSOK Xi1 cutter.


XIKAR U: How to light your cigar with a Triple Jet Flame

     Sit down with XIKAR President and Co Founder, Kurt Van Keppel as he demonstrates how to properly light your cigar with a triple jet flame lighter without damaging your cigar.

If you are new to this hobby, you can visit to learn how to properly cut, light, smoke or store your cigars. 
Featured Product:
Ashtray Can
     Our Ashtray Can is the perfect cigar accessory for the smoker on the go. Its stainless steel construction fits into cup holders and consoles of most cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, golf carts, etc. The ring and spiral secure cigars and cigarettes with a deep reservoir for ashes. This handy accessory is complete with an easy slide-on lid keeping all ashes and odors contained.

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country this fall for you to check out. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers.  
10/25 Havana Jim in Allen, TX 5-8 p.m.

10/26 Cigar Time in Missouri, TX 6-9 p.m.
11/1 Club Humidor in San Antonio, TX 4-8 p.m.

11/3 Sabor-Havana Doral in Doral, FL 12 p.m.

11/3 CI- Hamburg new store opening
10 a.m.-10 p.m.

11/3 Gatlin-Burlier in Gatlinburg, TN 1-4 p.m.

11/7 Indy Cigar Bar in Indianapolis, IN
5-10 p.m.

11/10 Outlaw Cigar in Overland Park, KS
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
11/13 Royal 10 Cigar & Tobacco in N. Royalton, OH 4-8 p.m.

11/16 Heroes and Legacies in Austin, TX 12- close

11/16 Allegheny Smoke Works in Blawnox, PA 4-8 p.m.

11/17 PJ’s Plus in Oxford, MS 5-10 p.m.

11/17 Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio, TX 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

11/17 Tobacco World in Marietta, GA 12-8 p.m.

11/23 Emerson’s Cigars in Virginia Beach, VA 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

11/28 Goodfellas Cigar Lounge in Mahtomedi, MN 5-8 p.m.
En Fuego Tobacco Shop raise Autism Awareness!
      Autism affects one out of every 88 children and continues to increase.  More children this year will be diagnosed with Autism than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases. These shocking statistics show that autism is an epidemic and needs continual awareness and support.

     En Fuego Tobacco Shop's Annual Golf Tournament raised over $24,000 for the nonPareil institute in 2011 and this year was also a huge success. "Though, there are still many questions not answered about this disability, our partnership with nonPareil has helped make great strides in taking kids that the world has written off and turning them into contributing members of society," Lee Moore, owner of En Fuego Tobacco Shop said.
      This year's tournament was held October 22, 2012 at El Dorado Country Club in McKinney, TX. A dinner was held Sunday night with a live auction and Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson as a special guest speaker. nonPareil put on an awesome presentation showcasing their students' outstanding work in game/video making. XIKAR was the title sponsor and also raised $700 with a "Beat the XIKAR Girl" promotion on hole 5 with Marketing Coordinator, Kaitlyn hitting shots against all of the guys. This organization is very close to XIKAR's heart so we ask that you join in the fight to help support, autism education, awareness, advocacy, research and most importantly, enable us to assist children and families living with autism. Check out Autism Speaks or Autism Society to get involved.

XIKAR Product Reviews

Ultra Lighter/Cutter Combo
by CI
Watch the review here


VX V-Cutter by Cigarapolis
Read review here

VX V-Cutter Thread on Cigar Geeks
Read thread here

Travel Case by Hemingway’s Foyer
Read review here

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 Dwyer
Michael “Moe” O’Donovan

Each year, four individuals are inducted into the XIKAR Hall of Fame. The next inductee will be announced in December. All retailers and consumers can submit their nominees to XIKAR at

To see all of the pictures from the En Fuego Golf Tournament benefitting the nonPareil Institute, go to our Facebook page. 
Oktoberfest Contest Winner: Congratulations to the winner of a Ultra lighter/cutter combo, Dave Richards! He had the best picture showing his Oktoberfest celebration incorporating XIKAR!  

Here are a couple other great entries...

     November has two very important holidays that need to be recognized—National Men Make Dinner Day on the 1st and National Sandwich Day on the 3rd (we did not make these up, people). Send us a picture of the ultimate manly sandwich/meal to Put on that masculine apron and smother everything in bacon!  Always remember, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate XIKAR into your entry (hint, hint). Our favorite entry will receive the X8 Carbon Fiber Cutter—tough enough to handle your 64 ring gauge sticks! All entries must be submitted by November 19th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced November 20th in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.

     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! 




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