If you’re like us here at Bespoke Unit, the world of cigars can become somewhat of a lifestyle.
So we’re always interested in new, innovative, and well-designed accessories that can enhance your smoking experience.
Thus, introducing one of the latest releases from Colibri, the Qusar tabletop cutter. Below I shall review this cutter in detail, and give you my thoughts on quality and value for money being priced at $125.
You can also read our best cigar cutters guide here.
Review – Colibri Quasar Table Top Cutter
The “Quasar” line is inspired by the hobnail pattern on the Colibri lighters from back in the 1970’s.
This is highly exaggerated here with the singular peak on each side, but does tell a nice story by giving a nod to the past. As we’ve come to expect with Colibri, the cutter was very nicely presented in a sturdy display box making it a great gift, to someone else or even yourself!
Two-In-One Cutting Options
As with the previously released “SV-Cutter” (note: link goes to Amazon) this table top design incorporates both a straight guillotine and v-cut option.
The cut is performed by first pushing down on the top to elevate the blades, then placing the cigar in the desired cutting side, and finally, you make a decisive push down on the cutter to cut the cigar. The removed material conveniently collects within the unit itself.
The straight cut aperture will accommodate up to a 70-ring gauge size cigar. I’ve had the unit now for a few months, and have had no issues with a wide variety of sizes.
For me, the best feature of the straight cut side is the “perfect-cigar cut” guard just inside the cutting blades edge. This can be seen in the above picture with the black guards.
This prevents the cigar going too far into the cutter, causing potential issues (see our cigar cutting guide here).
Not only is this helpful due to a slight lack of visibility, it also avoids any potential issues if an inexperience smokers wants to give it a try. It’s practically fool proof!
On this v-cut side of the Quasar cutter, the unit accommodates cigars up to a 60 gauge, making a 7mm deep cut.
This was a smooth operation 99% of the time as long as a firm and decisive action was applied during the cut.
I would however recommend using ring gauges on the large side of this scale.
Overall Quality & Feel
The unit itself feels very well made. It fits well in the hand when passing it around a table, and feels like a luxury item during its operation.
The bottom has a nice, large opening to remove cigar debris, and features a nice 360-degree rubber foot. This provides great stability during use, and prevents any possible scratching from hard to hard surface contact.
Even though it’s quite small in stature, being all metal construction, it packs quite a punch in the weight department adding to its overall presence in quality.
At just under 600g (1lb 5oz), it is truly a desktop item.
How Does It Rate As A Tabletop Cutter?
Many of you may own, or have at lease seen / used the “Scorpion” cutter below. This is what I’ve personally seen in the US to be most popular / prevalent tabletop mode.
So how to they compare?
- Design: we give that to the Quasar (but you may feel different)
- Operation: we also give that to the Quasar, as feels more sturdy and less awkward
- I personally get a better cut from the Quasar, but the Scorpion does offer some different gauge options
- Capacity: draw. If you have home / office use the Quasar should be fine. If however you’re in a cigar bar / shop, the smaller size of the Quasar shall require many more emptying events
- Price: fro home use I think that I would personally buy the Quasar again, even though it’s double the price. I just feel it fits my needs and design eye better
Overall the Quasar performs great as a tabletop cutter, especially in the home / office due to its great design, compact size, ease of use and cutting performance.
You can read more about the Scorpion tabletop cutter here.
Final Thoughts On The Quasar
Overall, this is a great cutter that is a perfect addition to my cutting need. I shall be keeping it in top of my cigar fridgador, to be enjoyed by myself and guests for many years to come.
The unit is currently available in four different colors: silver (seen above), black, gunmetal, and red.
"If you're looking for a rock solid tabletop cutter for home / office use, this maybe the best cigar cutting option on the market. Its compact size, sturdy construction and two cutting options make it hard to beat!"Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★