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  1. congrats on the stogies
  2. loose draw is a good place to start. Just make the next a little bit more snug.
  3. thock your friend in the back of the head, and tell him he needs to learn. Demand he roll you a cigar. (He'll thank you for it in a few years.)
Bob
 

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Habano Maduro wrapper
Sumatra double binder
WLT Corojo 99 viso filler
Deluxe Corojo 99 seco filler

So why is my car only inches from my porch? I have to go out in 3 hours, and torrential rains are predicted. Being such a sweet guy, I was afraid of dissolving in the rain when I dash to my car.

Bob
 

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This stick was bound in WLT Vuelta Abajo binder, and wrapped in WLT Habano Maduro wrapper.

A curious feature of my thick, leathery Corojo 99 tip leaf is that the aroma is magnificent, but it doesn't burn worth a hoot, and it lacks the fortaleza, the potency of the nicotine, which is nowhere near as high as Caribbean-grown (e.g. WLT) Corojo 99 ligero.

Of course, I used no glue. After about 20 minutes with the deluxe clothespin, the clothespin can be removed without the wrapper coming unwrapped. I usually don't wait that long before opening it, and lighting it up.

Bob
 

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  1. congrats on the stogies
  2. loose draw is a good place to start. Just make the next a little bit more snug.
  3. thock your friend in the back of the head, and tell him he needs to learn. Demand he roll you a cigar. (He'll thank you for it in a few years.)
Bob
Ya, the case on the first cigars was dry and I was afraid to crimp them any more than I did for fear of turn them to dust. These cigars had better case and the draws are way better. Always something to learn and work on. 27455
 

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Rolled these bad boys last night using @drinkthekoolaid 's home forged chaveta. Gotta say I love it! I like that it's thicker and heavier than a thin commercial chaveta making it more comfortable in my hand and I think easier to handle. The additional weight is not a problem as I'm not rolling several hundred cigars a day like a pro would. Very sharp edge, so nice clean cuts with no dragging/crushing. Also, after some discussion with Jamie, I put on a beeswax finish to prevent rust, which has the added benefit of giving the knife an invisible non-slip surface. Five stars!

Was getting late, so I did pigtails instead of caps. Can you guess which one got all the scraps???

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Rolled these bad boys last night using @drinkthekoolaid 's home forged chaveta. Gotta say I love it! I like that it's thicker and heavier than a thin commercial chaveta making it more comfortable in my hand and I think easier to handle. The additional weight is not a problem as I'm not rolling several hundred cigars a day like a pro would. Very sharp edge, so nice clean cuts with no dragging/crushing. Also, after some discussion with Jamie, I put on a beeswax finish to prevent rust, which has the added benefit of giving the knife an invisible non-slip surface. Five stars!

Was getting late, so I did pigtails instead of caps. Can you guess which one got all the scraps???

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Beautiful knife.
 

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I hate to ignite a divisive, bitter debate, but why are all the picture bands applied upside down? Should they be in the eye of the beholder or the eye of the besmoker?

Bob
 

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I hate to ignite a divisive, bitter debate, but why are all the picture bands applied upside down? Should they be in the eye of the beholder or the eye of the besmoker?
At first I was caught off guard. But now I appreciate them upside down. He lists out each type of leaf used in the construction. So it makes for easy reading. I am greatful as this is helping me learn flavor profile of those types of leafs blended together.
 

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No sniping intended. The origin of cigar bands was to minimize the sale of counterfeit expensive cigars. That was well over a century ago. Since then, a debate raged about whether or not leaving the band on while smoking a cigar was considered ostentatious. In the past two decades, cigar bands have become elaborate marketing tools for same-old, same-old cigars. (I find commercial cigar bands just one more nuisance task, along with cellophane, but that's just the reality of cigars becoming so expensive that they have to be sold as singles.)

I have created bands with detailed blend ingredients, when I roll a stack of test cigars from evaluation samples. But my bands are truly ugly--just slips of paper with hand-written notes, attached with a tiny piece of Scotch tape. They help clarify what exactly I'm evaluating at the moment.

I think cobguy's bands are beautiful and meaningful. And their orientation on the cigar is practical.

Bob
 

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I hate to ignite a divisive, bitter debate, but why are all the picture bands applied upside down? Should they be in the eye of the beholder or the eye of the besmoker?

Bob
Ha! I never thought about it. I always load my humidor with the caps down, so I put the labels on in this orientation so I can read them. But then, I've always been a little weird ;)

Zino Davidoff asserted that if you have to remove the band in order to smoke more of the cigar, you're manners are simply crude. I'm afraid I smoke the good ones down to my fingernails.

Bob
If you train people to only smoke 1/2 or 2/3 of a cigar.... you can sell more cigars!

@drinkthekoolaid Glad ya'll are enjoying the ciggies and soaps!
 

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I got most of mine on CigarBid/cigars International, every once in a while they post some up at different grades for bid....it is random what sizes you get. I went a bit overboard but got several good sizes, the most common I use is the 54RG torpedo and at 48RG mold. You can also find them on Ebay or Etsy or other place. The Cigar Bid ones were less than 10 bucks apiece plus shipping. Haven't seen any up for auction or on the website for a bit though. They do have some very nice ones on Whole Leaf tobacco, but I am too cheap for that.

Straight sticks come with time, there are some good videos out there that use newspaper as a mold that seem to produce some nice sticks.
 
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