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Do-It-Yourself Cigar Repair You’ve had a long day at work: work was hard; the phone rang off the hook. You left late - and just as you’re on your way home, thinking about rewarding yourself with a cigar simply for surviving another day ... you get a flat on the freeway. “Surely this can’t get any worse,” you mutter out loud. Finally, you arrive home - and it’s time to fire up your favorite Ashton classic cigar that’s been resting to perfection in your humidor. You deftly lift the lid and grab your cigar, cutting it and lighting the foot. And then you hear it: “Crackkkk” ... The wrapper has cracked, and begins to unwind right in your hand. Panic ensues; you raise your hands to the sky, cursing the Stogie gods, yelling “hasn’t today been hard enough already?!” You’re about to send that smoke towards the trash can, defeated, when suddenly you remember: “hey wait, didn’t I see a blog about do-it-yourself repair?” Whew. Yes you did ... Try This: Lip Balm By now, your panic should of subsided; and while you may be tempted to use saliva to soak your wrapper back into place, skip it. You’re better off with lip balm. This goes without saying, but I will ... make sure your lip balm isn’t flavored - and that goes for medicated, or otherwise. Trust me, you’ll experience more than just your cigar’s bold flavors if you do. Didn’t work? Try Honey Besides being a sweet a delightful treat, honey is an incredibly handy fix-it for your urgent cigar repair. Thick and sticky, honey adheres to the leaf nicely, and will help get your wrapper ship shape. The drawback is that honey takes it’s sweet (aha!) time to dry, so less is more in this case. If you’re repairing the head of your cigar, you’re in for a treat - because it’s likely that you’ll taste the sweetness - though it shouldn’t have an effect on the cigar’s overall flavor. It’s a good idea to use a small brush for the application rather thatn a spoon or your finger, as there’s less of a chance of tearing the leaf that way. Last Hail Mary: Homemade Glue Grab yourself some water and fruit pectin and you’ll have yourself a nice little homemade roller’s glue. Cigar rollers at the factory use a similar mixture, usually water and gum arabic, but pectin also works very well. Look for it in the baking section at your local store. Add a little H20, and it thickens right up. I) Start with a small container and fill it up about half way with filtered water. II) Grab your pectin and a measuring spoon. Add one teaspoon of powder to the water and stir. it should look eggshell white when it’s ready. III) Stir some more, until the pectin is fully mixed in. If it doesn’t seem “Gluey” enough, add another quarter teaspoon and stir until the solution is a little more viscous. Repeat as necessary; it should have the feel of honey. IV) Spread your homemade glue where the wrapper leaf is torn. If you’re not comfortable using your hands, or not into making a mess, don’t forget about that paintbrush - it works wonders. With these tricks you should be prepared to handle your next wrapper - good luck! G M


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