Davidoff Dome Humidor
The gently curved contours of the new Davidoff Dome humidor represent an entirely new shape in the art of humidor making. Featuring a subtly domed lid that taps the skills of master craftsmen, the humidor is constructed from well-seasoned, solid mahogany and exquisite veneers that create unique visual highlights. The modern design is emphasized by a sleek, palladium-coated handle bearing the Davidoff logo, and palladium-coated hinges. The unit provides space for about 50 to 65 cigars, with a removable insert featuring three separate compartments in which to store different cigars, and is available in palisander and macassar ebony finishes. Suggested retail, $3990.

Davidoff of Geneva, Greenwich, Conn., Tel: (866) 561-5525, Web: www.davidoff.com.

Savoy Adds New Humidor Models
The Savoy humidor line from Ashton Distributors are beautifully crafted yet very economical, and now features additional models. The large and newly-introduced extra-large models feature a lock and shelf. A wide variety of finishes are available, including Matt Cherry, Satin Sabili, Red, Khaya, Executive, and Blue. All humidors use quality wood veneers, are Spanish cedar-lined, and include a humidification unit and hygrometer. Models are available in small, medium, large, and a limited selection of extra large models, ranging from $50 to $190 suggested retail.

Ashton Distributors, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., Tel: (215) 676-8778, Web: www.ashtondistributors.com.

Cigar Caddy Travel Humidors from OtterBox
Keeping premium cigars in prime condition and safe from the elements is the greatest challenge when bringing them along in tough environmental conditions, including the golf course, camping, boating - just about anywhere outside of a humidor. OtterBox has the ideal solution with its newly updated Cigar Caddy line of rugged cigar cases. These sturdy, waterproof, and crush-proof cases keep cigars fresh and moist for months, are airtight, and even float - allowing smokers to take their cigars anywhere. All Cigar Caddy cases are black, constructed from fiberglass-reinforced plastic and are "nearly indestructible." Five sizes are available, accommodating two, five, 10, 15, or 18 cigars, ranging from $21.49 to $72.95 retail. All larger sizes feature an internal humidification device. Cigar Caddy also offers a point-of-purchase counter rack.

OtterBox Products LLC, Fort Collins, Col., Tel: (970) 493-8446, Web: www.otterbox.com.

Wall Street Collection from S.T. Dupont
Targeting young consumers interested in the financial world, S.T. Dupont has released four new designs in its sleek X-tend lighter range. The four models, known as the Wall Street Collection, include Marketplaces Black Anodized, High/Low Charcoal Grey, Market Statistics Blue Anodized, and Currencies Chrome Anodized. A retailer pre-pack contains two of each lighter design and also includes a free counter top POS display. The wind-resistant torch flame lighters retail for $165.

S.T. Dupont, Providence, R.I., Tel: (401) 943-2100, Fax: (401) 943-1081, Web: www.st-dupont.com.

Havana Draw Enhancer from Don Salvatore
The Havana Draw Enhancer improves the draw and eliminates plugs in cigars of all shapes and sizes utilizing a specially-designed stainless steel shaft featuring small, angular, diamond-cut serrations on two sides. By inserting the device into either end of the cigar, the Enhancer's serrations gently shave away knots in drawless cigars, breaking up plugs, and giving expensive cigars a second chance. Multiple channels can be made easily on the same cigar, reducing "tunnel burning" typically associated with other, similar products. Since there is no cumbersome holder, it is easy to "poke as you smoke" after lighting the cigar. The attractive device is handsomely adorned with a semi-precious gemstone handle, artistically crafted for strength and design. Suggested retail, $24.

Don Salvatore, Chicago, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 886-8688, Web: www.buddyproducts.com/prodcigar.html.

Boston Cigar Table Cutter Returns to Market
Boston Cigar Cutter Company, maker of high-quality wooden cigar accessories in the New England tradition, has returned to full operation after a four-year hiatus, once again shipping the company's signature lacquered, brass-trimmed wooden table-top Classic Boston Cigar Cutter. Users insert the head of their cigar into either one of the 56 or 45 ring-gauge holes on the top of the body and activate a spring-loaded "slot-machine" lever which operates a sliding cutting blade within the drum-shaped hardwood body that creates a "cat's-eye" cut in a cigar's head. The blade is solid surgical stainless steel, which is machined, tempered, honed, and hand-polished to razor sharpness. Several oil-and-wax finished, furniture-grade hardwoods are available: black walnut, mahogany, bloodwood, and lacewood. Exotic and figured hardwoods, silver fittings, monogram discs, and laser engraving can be added to personalize the cutters. Suggested retail price ranges from $539 to $700, depending on selection of wood.

Boston Cigar Cutter Company, Bellingham, Ma. Tel: (508) 883-1836, Fax: (508) 883-5908, Web: www.bostoncigarcutter.com.

Xikar Adds Gentlemen's Accessories
Xikar has designed a new line of gentlemen's accessories that includes a pocket cigar case, bi-fold wallet, and valet-style keychain. Each piece incorporates black, top-grain armada leather, white contrast stitching, and stainless steel accents resulting in elegant, functional products. The pocket cigar case ($49.99 retail) keeps cigars fresh with a flair of modern style. The inner lining, crafted with genuine cedar, holds the ambient humidity of the cigar and projects the fresh cedar smell of a humidor every time it is opened. Reinforcing metal caps covering each end of the case add yet another element of style. The bi-fold wallet ($24.99 retail) offers ample storage with six credit card slots and one large bill pocket, while the Xikar keychain ($24.99 retail) is slim and stylish and designed for easy valet-parking use: a thumb-activated, spring-loaded release mechanism allows one of the four key rings to be quickly removed and automatically re-closes.

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

10Th Anniversary Vigilant Humidor
Vigilant Inc., is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a commemorative, limited-edition humidor. Only 150 of these signature pieces are being produced, each one numbered and signed by the craftsman. Vigilant humidors come standard or custom with the most accurate and reliable electronics on the market and offer superb cigar protection and storage. Each humidor, made with Honduran mahogany and detailed with pomele sapele and Spanish cedar, holds approximately 350 cigars. The humidors are available for $3,995 with a matching table for an additional $895. In addition, each humidor is stocked with 50 Zino Platinum Scepter Series cigars, a $615 retail value.

Vigilant Inc., Canadia, N.H., Toll-free: (866) 395-1095, Web: www.vigilantinc.com.

SMOKESHOP - April, 2005