The line between desk and pocket cutters is a fine one. I’ve included the heaviest and most impractically shaped pocket size cutters with desk cutters. You wouldn’t want, for example, the hummingbird with it’s long pointed bill in your clothing. Without evidence to the contrary, I believe that many cutters popularly called “pocket cutters” today were actually more likely to be found on a desk rather than in a coat pocket. I’ve split the cutters into two exhibits based on arbitrary decisions which you’re welcome to comment on.

        These pictures are almost entirely taken of the astonishing cutter and lighter collection owned by Jerry Terranova. They were taken at Jerry’s New York home in the early 1980’s with the intention that Jerry and I would collaborate on a book featuring his collection. Subsequently I moved to California, and Jerry and I lost touch. Ultimately, Douglas Congdon-Martin, a staff writer for Schiffer Books, wrote two books about the collection. Alas, knowledgeable cutter and lighter experts, while amazed at the quality, quantity and variety of what Terranova has amassed, were highly critical of the accuracy of the information contained in the two volumes.

        Since cutters are not within my fields of interest, the pictures are presented for your enjoyment, sans extensive annotation. For pricing, study eBay®. I’m happy to hear from someone qualified to write annotations.

Desk Cigar Cutters

A National Cigar History Museum Exhibit

© Tony Hyman

Additional pictures added: August 5, 2010

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    The most interesting cutter I own is this fine turn of the century nude bronze by the Austrian master of Western sculpture, Carl Kauba. Measuring 8.5” wide and 7” front to back, this combination cigar cutter-ashtray is sometimes referred to as “Every man’s nightmare.” I’ll let you figure out why.  Inexpensive knock-offs of this piece exist. All Kauba bronzes are signed on the back of her head.