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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:37 am

Are you a "Band taker off" or a "Band leaver on" kind of cigar smoker?

I have always been a band remover kind of smoker. Can't really explain why...I just always have and see no reason to change. I see some of each when I visit cigar shops. I smoked with a guy at a shop in Jacksonville 2 days in a row, and he was a band taker off smoker...he smoked very expensive cigars and he said he removed the band so it didn't look like he was bragging... I smoke inexpensive cigars and it just seems like the band is in my way, so off it comes.
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Post by hugodrax » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:43 am

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Are you a "Band taker off" or a "Band leaver on" kind of cigar smoker?

I have always been a band remover kind of smoker. Can't really explain why...I just always have and see no reason to change. I see some of each when I visit cigar shops. I smoked with a guy at a shop in Jacksonville 2 days in a row, and he was a band taker off smoker...he smoked very expensive cigars and he said he removed the band so it didn't look like he was bragging... I smoke inexpensive cigars and it just seems like the band is in my way, so off it comes.
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Post by Del » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:52 am

I leave the band on. I don't want to risk tearing the wrapper leaf.

Of course, if the cigar is yummy down to the finish, the band has to come off eventually.

Lately, we have been enjoying the Chillin' Moose cigars, which have a very large band. I like it.... It doesn't feel like I have to be dainty dainty handling the cigar.

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Post by FredS » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:00 am

I swing both ways. If the band is not in my way I leave it on unless and until I smoke down to it. If it's too close to the butt end or if it's loose I take it off when I light up.

I agree with the Jacksonville smoker and Hugo - they can be pretentious and gaudy. I'm not often around guys who smoke $15 cigars, but I imagine most of them leave the band on just so's everyone knows what they're smoking.
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Post by Stanley76 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:16 am

I take them off unless it seems like I might tear the wrapper. I use both techniques, unwrapping and slipping off. I don't have that issue with Parodi's though which are my favorites.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:49 am

One of my standby smokes is the RP Edge series and they have a band around the foot, but not up high...so it has to be removed. The Chillin Moose cigars I enjoyed this summer, man that is a big band...but good cigar for the $$
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Post by AKPreacher » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:35 pm

I leave them on, I don’t smoke with anyone and I already know I’m pretentious so no worries there.

I also like to keep them on because sometimes as the cigar progresses the heat causes the wrapper to split and I’ve had the band be the only thing holding it together.


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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:44 pm

I had never thought about multiple cigars in an ash tray and keeping the band on for ID. I have a friend that I used to smoke with here in Denver that would keep his band on till the edge singed and then he would pull it off and keep it...he had a box full of singed bands.

I have been thinking about this today and it just seemed to me that if its gonna have to come off anyway, just take it off at the beginning. But AK Preacher brings up a good point too, I had one split when I was in Baltimore in July and if I had left the band on, I might have gotten more out of it. Food for thought.
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Post by JimVH » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:14 pm

I rarely smoke with others and I don't smoke anything worth bragging about, so I take it off. If it's a special occasion I'll keep it as a reminder. Most of them I've kept are from the celebration of the birth of a grandchild.
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Post by Sir Moose » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:15 pm

I go both ways. Usually I'll only leave the band on if it won't interfere with the smoke for a while (i.e. not too close to the foot) and it be a challenge to remove later. If I'm out walking, I don't want to have to fiddle with the band while I'm walking. My most common cigar for walking doesn't even have a band - it's from a CI bundle - so it isn't an issue.

When I do take the bands off, I'll save them. They might be handy for a project someday. They also serve as a reminder of the variety of cigars I've smoked.
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Post by Fainn » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:58 pm

I keep them on as it helps me .measure the progress. Usually the middle third is the best part.

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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:51 pm

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Post by SlowToke » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:05 pm

I always leave the band on but not because I want everyone to see what I'm smoking. Heck, I'm such a novice when it comes to cigars, I don't even know what a good cigar is. I mostly leave it on to hold my cigar together because I don't really know what I'm doing and the chances of my cigars falling apart is pretty good. :lol:
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Post by DepartedLight » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:26 pm

JimVH wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:14 pm
I rarely smoke with others and I don't smoke anything worth bragging about, so I take it off. If it's a special occasion I'll keep it as a reminder. Most of them I've kept are from the celebration of the birth of a grandchild.
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Post by ReverendThom » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:58 pm


FredS wrote:I swing both ways. If the band is not in my way I leave it on unless and until I smoke down to it. If it's too close to the butt end or if it's loose I take it off when I light up.

I agree with the Jacksonville smoker and Hugo - they can be pretentious and gaudy. I'm not often around guys who smoke $15 cigars, but I imagine most of them leave the band on just so's everyone knows what they're smoking.
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Post by Jocose » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:51 am

I smoke them to the nub so I take them off if they dont tear the wrapper.
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Post by Fainn » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:21 am

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Post by Fainn » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:22 am

FredS wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:00 am
I swing both ways.
I believe this belongs in the confessions thread.
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Post by UncleBob » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:19 pm

Before the cigar boom it was considered gauche to leave on the band but things change. For instance, cigars were blended for balance and a firmer draw was preferred.
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