Quality Importers has announced that they are adding some new lighters to the XIKAR Pipeline soft flame lighter series. Due in part to the success of their more recent soft flame for cigars, Xikar Meridian, they are refreshing the Pipeline single soft flame lighter with an upgraded body treatment with durable plated finishes and three new color combinations including all black, all chrome, black & gold-tone and black & rose.
Quality Importers Trading Co. (parent company of Xikar) and Jacob & Co. have collaborated on a new cutter: the XIKAR Xi Dueling Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearl. This is the first in a series of ultra-exclusive, ultra-luxury bespoke cigar accessories and retails for $150,000.
XIKAR showed off a new cutter at this year's IPCPR trade show, the Ensō. THe Ensō is a double-guillotine cigar cutter whose name comes from Japanese culture in which the ensō is a minimalist circle drawn in one stroke at a moment of clarity of the mind.
Overall this is a great lighter for my needs. I like a larger flame and don't mind the bulk, but that isn't for everyone. I have to give Xikar credit for making a quad-flame lighter that isn't a tabletop. I will definitely keep bringing this with me on short trips when I don't need to keep it in the pocket for a long time. You can use it indoors or out on any cigar, and that's great.
Quality Importers has added a new series to their XIKAR Xi2 line of cigar cutters. The new XIKAR Xi2 Nightlife Series features custom graphics by Miami-based artist Charlie Turano III, known for his work with Fanatics Authentic, and highlights his trademark brushstroke style. The XIKAR Xi2 Nightlife Series is inspired by the glowing lights and dynamic action of big city night life. The series is available in red, orange, blue and green, and is now shipping. Suggested US retail is $59.99.
Xikar released the HP3 Triple Flame Lighter in 2018 as a followup to 2017's HP4 quad flame lighter we reviewed and loved here. The lighter uses an in-line configuration of triple flames with the outside jets angled 8 degrees toward the center so they converge into one big flame. The HP3 comes in 4 finishes: Burnt Yellow, Daytona Red, Matte Black and G2. My sample is the Daytona red. The HP3 also features a large adjustment wheel, pull-down ignition, and EZ-View Fuel Window. MSRP is $99.99.
Xikar has announced a new lighter, Meridian, a triple-soft-flame lighter. XIKAR Meridian lighter combines the traditional soft flame into a triple-flame format adding more power and size to the flame. The three smaller flames of Meridian combine into one larger flame that fully envelopes the foot of the cigar and can accommodate large ring gauge cigars.
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.