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Synchro Gear-Action Cutter

Credo’s Synchro Cutter features double-axis, gear synchronized, self-sharpening blades that are designed to eliminate the problem of crushed cigar heads, often encountered by guillotine-style cutters. The blades converge uniformly at the center of the opening and complete the cut by locking together automatically, for carrying safety. The Credo Synchro Cutter measures 3 1/2” x 2 1/4", and can accommodate cigars up to 54 in gauge size. The Synchro Cutter is available in either metal-body ($70) in polished stainless, silver, gold, and bronze or polished red, green, blue, and black; or wood finish ($90) in ebony, mahogany, maple, and Amboyna wood finishes. Each cutter comes with a genuine leather carrying pouch and 100% lifetime warranty.

Arango Cigar Company, Northbrook, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 222-4427, Tel: (847) 480-0055, E-Mail: arangocigar@aol.com.

The Burner Tabletop Lighter

The Burner by Alec Bradley Cigar Company is the latest in a line of elegant and functional accessories for the cigar smoker, joining a group that includes ceramic ashtrays and four types of humidors. The Burner has a chromed canister and burner head with a black/gray ignition switch and gas valve assembly atop the gas canister. To operate, users open the valve, click the switch, then close to extinguish the flame. The lighter measures 3 1/4” high, 5” wide, and 3” deep and features a 1.4 fluid ounce butane fuel canister. Retailers can buy a carton of six lighters in their boxes, or a master carton of 36 lighters. Each lighter carries a suggested retail price of $49.99

Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Dania, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 426-4397, Tel: (954) 321-5991, E-Mail: Alan@alecbradley.com, Web: www.alecbradley.com

Noró Cases Handle Big Cigars

Handcrafted from the finest full-grain Spanish leather, Noró cigar cases feature their own distinctive, natural grain pattern enhanced by a subtle patina. To accommodate the ever-growing range of large ring-gauge cigars Noró has added a three-finger case that handles cigars as large as 7 inches by 64 ring gauge, suggested retail $80–$85. Also new is a 3-finger case featuring an integrated single-blade cigar cutter with matching leather accents, $100 retail. Both cases are available in a choice of Karabu or smooth Calfskin leather. All Noró cases come with an elegant presentation box.

Noro Leather, Las Vegas, Nevada, Tel: (702) 367-2284, Fax: (702) 838-6678, Email: info@noroleather.com, Web: www.noroleather.com.

Zippo Special Edition 75th Anniversary Editions

For their 75th Anniversary Zippo has produced three commemorative, collectable items. Included in the group are two lighters and Zippo Fuel Tins. The Limited Edition Lighter ($75) is designed with genuine Swarovski crystal and is numbered and identified by individual country code. The Commemorative Lighter ($27.95) is engraved with the Zippo anniversary logo, features a two-tone finish and is available worldwide. This is not a limited edition lighter but like the Limited Edition Lighter is only available for sale during the anniversary year, and both lighters are packaged in pillowed satin self-display boxes. Finally, Zippo fuel containers have been constructed of tin, glass, or lead tubes and even plastic bottles over the past 75 years. An anniversary fuel tin is now available worldwide while supplies last.

Zippo Manufacturing Company, Bradford, Penn., Toll-free: (888) 442-1932, Tel: (814) 368-2700, Web: www.zippo.com.

Cricket Camouflage, Calico Bowling Lighters

Cricket has added a new camouflage design to its Micro sparkwheel lighter line. The new series features five popular camouflage colors: blue, orange, green, red, and camel. Cricket micro sparkwheel lighters feature a self-extinguishing nylon tank, sleek, and pocket-friendly body and are shipped in a self-merchandising Display-A-Tray. Suggested retail price, $1.09 each.

Calico Brands, which distributes the full Cricket lighter line, has also introduced a new design in its own 3D lighter line — the Bowling series — featuring three attractive designs for avid and amateur bowlers alike. Shipped in a 30-count tray with a POS header, the lighters have a suggested retail price of $1.49.

Calico Brands, Inc., Ontario, Calif., Toll-free: (800) 544-4837, Tel: (909) 930-5000, E-mail: ross@calicobrands.com, Web: www.calicobrands.com.

Arango Sup’Air Humidifiers

Arango Cigar Co., the exclusive U.S. distributor for Credo cigars and accessories, has created a new Sup’Air gel humidifier intended for short-term storage humidors. The additional water content in the gel can provide greater humidity (80% RH minimum) for smokers who prefer a moist cigar. The units are available in two styles: Sup’Air 40 ($12.50 suggested retail) is designed for boxes holding up to 40 cigars; the Sup’Air 100 ($18 retail) is for use in boxes that hold 100 cigars. The gel is designed for distilled water, typically refilled every 40 days. The water level can be viewed through a translucent window on the side. A retail counter-top display rack holds five units of each size.

Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 222-4427, Tel: (847) 480-0055, E-mail: arangocigar@aol.com.

Nestle Nespresso Espresso System

Alec Bradley Cigar Company has formalized an agreement with Nestlé Nespresso S.A. to supply its espresso machines to the premium cigar market. Under the agreement, Alec Bradley will sell Nespresso machines to cigar retailers, as well as offer special promotions that provide a wide range of free Nespresso machines to retailers, with the purchase of select Alec Bradley cigar lines. Each Nespresso system comes with a smart coffee machine the company’s trademarked, hermetically-sealed Grand Cru capsules available in a large choice of high-quality coffees. Nespresso also provides personalized services through its Nespresso Club.

“Smokeshops are always looking for something to enhance sales,” says Alan Rubin, founder and president of Alec Bradley Cigars. “Espresso and cigars are a natural complement. Providing a relaxed and hospitable atmosphere in your store for smokers — and non-smoking espresso lovers — will keep them there longer.”

Busy store personnel needn’t spend extra time tending to the coffee-making process. A perfect cup of espresso can be made with a Nespresso system at the touch of a button without handling loose coffee grinds. The unique capsule technology makes preparation quick, easy, and simple, even for untrained store personnel.

Available in 12 Grand Cru varieties, Nespresso’s exclusive selection of premium roast and ground coffees are selected for outstanding flavor, character, and quality. Capsules are color-coded by strength, so smoke shops can carry a variety coffee styles in one small container for convenient storage yet still easily find the one they want.

“When serious espresso aficionados find this alternative to Starbucks, there’s no telling what it could do for a tobacconist’s profits,” says Rubin.

Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Dania, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 426-4397, Tel: (954) 321-5991, E-mail: Alan@alecbradley.com, Web: www.alecbradley.com.

SMOKESHOP - February, 2007