Last year, Brett from Screwpop Tools sent me a tiny cigar accessory called the Screwpop Cigar Punch. It’s perfect for anyone who loves pairings, because you can use it as both a cigar punch and a bottle opener. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but also can conveniently be clipped to belt loops or anything else.
Brett just recently sent me the new, upgraded Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0, which I was very excited to try since I liked the first one so much. This new version of the tool is very much the same as the original, with a few minor differences. It’s larger, heavier, and appears more solid. The punch also seems slightly larger in diameter. It’s more expensive than the original Screwpop ($14.95 as opposed to $7.95). The blade is just as sharp and the punch cuts are perfect. I found the bottle opener rather easy to use, but I remember having to try a couple times with the original to learn what I was doing. Still, one should note that the process is not as smooth as with a regular bottle opener.
Which do I like better? I’m not really too sure; they both work great. It’s a matter of individual preference whether you want a heavier or lighter tool. You might take the cigars you smoke into consideration too. The original punch was already slightly too large for some petit coronas, and this one is even larger. So think about the ring gauge you usually smoke, and make a decision based on that. Another thing to note is the fact that the 2.0 version has a way to clear out the punch after use, which was lacking in the original version.