Date: February 2019
Author: Inspector Z

We love cigars and everything that comes with it. And we love the creativity of the cigar community when it comes to tackling problems. Whether it’s humidity problems that led to the invention of humidity beads and the Boveda packs, creative new ways to cut your cigars or other accessories, or a specialized draw poker for plugged cigars. We love and support it.

And of course, not all innovations work, for example, the Shuriken cutter that was introduced a few years ago. It was a horrible invention, that didn’t work at all, but we applaud the inventor for thinking outside the box and trying to create something new.

In this case, Eric from Herics Cigar Tape approached us with his invention. A tape to measure your cigars, not only in length but also in ring gauge, both in the metric system and the imperial system. This is a tool that not all cigar smokers will use, but for retailers, bloggers, reviewers and cigar manufacturers this is a very useful tool. Of course, there are these cigar ring charts, where you hold a cigar against a chart to see the ring gauge, or you have the charts with holes, to measure your cigar ring. But those only work with round cigars, not with box pressed cigars or weirdly shaped cigars like the Alec Bradley Diamond Rough Cut, the Casa Magna Domus Magnus II cigars or the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Hexagon. With the Herics Cigar Tape, that is no problem.

To measure the length of the cigar, the cigar tape works as a regular ruler. With the imperial system on the yellow side and the metric system on the white side. When it comes to measuring the ring gauge, wrap the cigar tape around the cigar, use the ring gauge part of the tape, and you are able to read the ring gauge easily. Due to the shape of the cigar tape, reading the measurement is very easy. And again, the yellow side is for the imperial system and using the 1/64 inch ring scale where the white side is for the metric system in millimeters.

Our verdict? We love this simple yet useful accessory. It makes measuring the cigars so much easier, especially the ring gauges. No more worries about damaging the wrapper trying to fit a cigar through the hole of a cigar chart and no more issues with measuring box pressed cigars. This tool should be in the possession of every serious cigar smoker in our opinion.


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