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February,
2006

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

STINGRAY LEATHER SHEATHS FOR XIKAR CUTTERS AND KNIVES
Xikar, manufacturer of cutlery and industry leader in the cigar cutter market, is offering new leather sheaths made from stingray skin to hold the company's popular Xi cigar cutters and 118 Elan knives. Stingrays are a non-endangered species of sea life found in abundance in the world's shallow, warm waters. Their durable skin has been used throughout history - notably in Japan - for everything from armor and sword-handle wraps to wallets, handbags, and sandpaper. Stingray skin has been found to be resistant to water, fire, puncture, tearing, and abrasion, and the new sheaths are ideal for protecting consumers' valuable Xikar cutters and knives.

The 118 sheath is priced at $24.99 and the Xi cigar cutter sheath is priced at $29.99.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Web: www.xikar.com.


NEW DJEEP LIGHTERS FEATURE TATTOO ART
DjEEP, maker of high-quality disposable lighters, gets into tattoo art with two new design series featuring unique artwork on its DjEEP and DjEEP Jr. lighters. The Full size DjEEP lighters feature five different black tattoo designs, backed by swirling color combinations. "Body art is a growing trend in the U.S. as well as in Europe," says DjEEP President Scott Ivins. "We want to have a little edge to our designs for consumers who want something new."

The company's new line of DjEEP Jr. tattoo design lighters, smaller and thinner than regular DjEEP lighters, are finished in gloss black with color tattoos and a matte black windguard. The full-size DjEEP tattoo lighters are available in 36-count three-tier displays and 24-count uprights; the new DjEEP Jr. designs are available on 24-count upright displays. Both DjEEP Tattoo series will be available for shipping to customers April 1, 2006.

Kretek International, Inc., Moorpark, Ca., Toll-free: 800-358-8100. Web: www.kretek.com.


ALEC BRADLEY'S NEW MEGA-CAPACITY ASHTRAY HOLDS MATCHES
For its latest release of creatively designed cigar ashtrays, Alec Bradley Cigar Company has rolled out "The Well" in eight designs from the Miami studio of artist/ceramicist Bram Warren.

The ashtrays are 9" square, with cut-off corners and a huge capacity for cigar ashes: the bowl is 6" in diameter and 2" deep, surrounded by a wide 1 1/2" trough that holds large ring-gauge cigars comfortably. One corner holds a separate ceramic container that holds 25-30 wooden "strike-anywhere" matches (included) that light on the match holder's unglazed bottom surface. Warren handcrafts and glazes each ashtray individually, inscribing his name on the bottom surface. Suggested retail is $95.

In addition to the consumer versions currently available, Alec Bradley plans to create special editions of The Well for retailers, with details to be released soon.

Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Dania, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 426-4397, Fax: (954) 321-9968, Web: www.alecbradley.com.


SEVEN-FINGER GOLFER'S CIGAR CASE
The Golfer's Cigar Case is the perfect gift for avid golfers or the ideal personal indulgence! Clip it to a golf bag or cart and you'll have your favorite cigars within arm reach at anytime. The fine, black-hued leather for this Don Salvatore cigar case is cut from full-grain hide then fitted, wrapped, and sewn by hand to securely hold double coronas, Churchills, or robustos, delivering quality you can see, touch, and feel. This unique case is lined with fragrant Spanish cedar and comes with a humistat to create the optimum atmosphere for storing fine cigars. Overall Dimensions 2 7/8" wide by 7 3/4" deep by 2 7/8" high.

Don Salvatore, Chicago, Il., Toll-free (800) 886-8688, Fax: (312) 733-8356, Web: www.donsalvatore.net.




SMOKESHOP - February, 2006