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August,
2007

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

Customized Humidors from Don Salvatore

Hand crafted from the finest woods and leathers, Don Salvatore humidors are truly works of art. Now, retailers can customize pieces themselves with Don Salvatore's customizing options. Included in these options are glass etching and laser engraving on humidors, screen printing and debossing on cigar cases, pad printing on cutters, four color puffy cutter labels, custom labels for humidification solution for retailers, and countertop easel cards. Ideal for corporate giveaways, promotional items, or gifts, Don Salvatore can complete custom designs or incorporate existing logos or artwork.

Don Salvatore, Chicago, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 866-8688, Tel: (312) 733-6400, E-mail: sdifiglio@buddyproducts.com, Web: www.donsalvatore.net.


Fresh Choice RYO Machine

Fresh Choice Tobacco has developed a first-of-its-kind creation for the MYO/RYO smoking segment. The Fresh Choice electric cigarette machine-which is about the size of a toaster- puts a measured amount of tobacco into each cigarette tube with ease, saving consumers time, trouble, and money, creating a pack of cigarettes in two minutes. Once tobacco is loaded into the machine, a series of flashing lights lead the operator through the cigarette-making sequence, and will make cigarettes as fast as the operator can load tubes into the unit. A variable compaction knob allows users to select the degree of compaction the smoker desires. The machine retails for $449 and comes with a 30,000-cigar warranty.

Fresh Choice Tobacco, Vacaville, Calif., Toll-free: (800) 243-2737, Tel: (707) 751-5915, Web: www.freshchoicetobacco.com.


New Butane-Based Zippo Blu

Since 1932, Zippo has produced reliable, durable pocket lighters with timeless designs that have become trusted companions for millions worldwide. Now the classic Zippo has evolved with the introduction of the all-new Zippo Blu, incorporating all of the iconic Zippo features into the first butane-based Zippo model.

Like all Zippos, the new Zippo Blu is manufactured in the United States and includes the same signature flint wheel ignition system of the classic Zippo windproof lighter, rugged metal construction, hinged lid, one-hand operation, and the iconic sound of the Zippo 'click'. Zippo Blu features patented two-stage burner technology, "Z-patterned" chimney, large fuel tank, and a hot, clean-burning blue flame with no odor or aftertaste. Zippo Blu is guaranteed for life and is shipped without fuel.

Zippo Manufacturing Company, Bradford, Penn., Tel: (814) 368-2700, Web: www.zippo.com.


Fool-proof, Precision Cigar Cutters from Cuban Crafters

Cuban Crafters has developed a cutter that is designed to cut just the right amount of tobacco from the cigar's head. It was designed for any level of smoker, from novice to expert and for all shapes and sizes, from torpedo to figurado. The patent-pending cutters are designed with a calibrated backstop, interior grooves to hold the cigar in place while cutting, and a center hole to position a torpedo head. Two designs are offered: the CC-23 Perfect with a square body and contoured half-moon handles, and the CC-24 Perfecto with an oval body and "O" handles. Both are made with brushed stainless steel and equipped with stainless steel, self-sharpening double blades and are available from $14.99 retail.

Cuban Crafters Cigars, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (877) 244-2701, Tel: (305) 573-0222, E-mail: alg@cubancrafters.com, Web: www.cubancrafters.com.


Smoker's Fabric Refresher

Arango Cigar Co. is now the official distributor for Lord Byron's Smoker's Fabric Refresher. This unique spray is formulated specifically to target the stale odors of cigar, cigarette, and pipe smoke trapped in clothing and other fabrics. The fabric refresher does not mask the odors with a fragrance, but actually neutralizes them. The spray is designed to remove tobacco odors on items in homes, offices, and car interiors and is also effective on pet, fireplace smoke, and mildew odors on drapes, carpets, and fabric furniture. Lord Byron's Smoker's Fabric Refresher retails for $3.47 per 6-ounce bottle. When purchased in cartons of 20, the cost is reduced by twenty cents per bottle.

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


Xikar's Exotic Woods Collection

Xikar has created the Exotic Woods Collection, a line of Xikar Xi3 cigar cutters and exclusive Don Salvatore humidors featuring matching exotic woods from around the world. The sets are available with either 30-count ($369.99 retail) or 60-count ($517.99 retail) humidors which include a humidification device and digital hygrometer. Three different exotic woods are available: elegant Amboina Burl (pictured), lustrous Bocote, and classic Cocobolo rosewood.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Tel: (816) 474-7555, E-mail: info@xikar.com, Web: www.xikar.com


Buffalo Horn Collection Luxury Cigar Cases from Andre Garcia

The Buffalo Horn Collection from Andre Garcia Luxury Cigar Cases brings cigar lovers stylish cases featuring the finest leather with authentic buffalo horn accents outside and real cedar inside to protect the cigar. The Croco Black line (shown) is available in either Grande size ($78.99 retail) that accommodates medium-size cigars or Venti size ($88.99) for large cigars and features a classic crocodile skin pattern. Other offerings in the Buffalo Horn Collection include Mocha Tan; White Classic Series; St. Barnes Series in orange or red; and a Woven Black pattern with horn on top and bottom.

Ash Burn LLC, Nashua, N.H., Tel: (978) 726-7606, E-mail: enquiry@andregarciacases.com; Web: www.andregarciacases.com.


Djeep Adds New Micro-crystal, Luxury Line Metallic Finish Lighters

Djeep has introduced two new designs in their line of disposable lighters. Full-size Djeep lighters are now available in five new colorful, natural patterns derived from the crystalline structure of minerals and molecules (below, left), available in 24-count upright displays and three-tier counter trays. The second design is an update to Djeep's Luxury Line of metallic finish lighters (below, right). Djeep has designed the new additions with frosted metallic finishes in persimmon, merlot, azure, and platinum colors and given them a textured, plaid pattern for a distinctive, fashionable look that works well for men or women. The Djeep frosted lighters are available in 36-count, three-tier displays.

Kretek International, Inc., Moorpark, Calif., Toll-free: (800) 358-8100, Tel: (805) 531-8888.


SMOKESHOP - August, 2007