The Xikar | VX2 V-Cut is a followup to Xikar’s original VX V-Cut. The original XV has been my go-two cutter for years, so replacing it will be a tough feat. This version comes with a deeper cut and spring-loaded blades, setting it apart from the original. Like the original, it has unique inverted stainless steel blades, putting inward pressure on the cap of the cigar during the cut, preventing it from cracking. The new VX2 V-Cut uses an all new Secure-Lock system requiring simultaneous pressure to both side release buttons, allowing one-handed operation. Upon release, the spring-loaded cutter snaps open providing access to a built-in 64RG bowl.
The new VX2 is slightly larger than the original, presumable to incorporate the new spring-loaded blades. To me, the trade-off is worth it as I love the feel of it snapping open when you click the buttons. The appearance is much more modern that the original and turns heads when with friends.
The cut is fantastic. The feeling of the spring blades snapping back is very satisfying and quick. The blades are sharp, very sharp. The cut is noticeably deeper than the original, which is for the most part a good thing. I also have the Colibri V-Cut, and I find that to be too deep for most cigars, and reserve it for only larger ring gauges. The VX2 is a nice compromise between the original VX and the Colibri V-Cut.
The only time I find myself reaching for the old one, or a straight cut is for smaller ring gauges 42 or smaller. As with the original, the cutter is concave on a side so it can be used as a cigar rest on a table or any surface. My only complaint about this cutter is that it is slightly less concave than the original, so it tends to blow off in the wind more so than the original.
This was the only cutter I took with me on a grueling 17 day trip from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua. By the end of the trip every person was asking to use it for every cigar we smoked. They loved the cut, the feel, and the look. I love it too. I didn’t think it would be possible, but it has replaced my original XV as my everyday cutter. It is a little thicker in a pocket but the trade-offs are worth it. I would recommend this to anyone thinking about spending some money on a cutter.