Les Fines Lames: crowdfunding a cigar knife

Image: Les Fines Lames

Image: Les Fines Lames

A while back, we were contacted by the guys behind Les Fines Lames about the piedmont-style folding knives they were making in France. The kicker: there's a hole in the handle that allows the knife to double as a cigar cutter. Once a sample unit arrived in the mail from France, we began to put it through its paces at Cigar Snob. I even carried the knife around for a couple of weeks to get a sense for just how practical a tool this would be.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of this thing, you'll find that it cuts cigars as cleanly as many other cutters on the market. When it comes to other uses, the knife works well, but you should know that there is no locking mechanism here (which is typical for piedmont knives), so you'll want to be extra careful about how you hold and wield the knife. This isn't the tool you want to use if you're, for instance, cutting open lots of boxes in an absent-minded rush.

It's great to have a knife that's designed to cut cigars handy. What really sets this knife apart, though, is that it's a unique piece that will start conversations. It's a handcrafted, luxury item for smokers with tastes that favor rustic, old-world charm rather than bright shiny finishes or sleek, modern design.

As of this posting, there are two days left on the French start-up's Indiegogo campaign. They're halfway to their goal of raising $44,000, with which they'll start regular production of the knives. Les Fines Lames tells us that the knives will retail for $520, but making a contribution of $410 through the Indiegogo page will get you a knife. Not a bad discount.

Visit Les Fines Lames' Indiegogo campaign page to learn more about this knife and to get your own (while there's still time).