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What about cigars that are cracked in the middle or at the foot?
When a cigar is cracked in the middle, in some cases it may be minor, but any crack in a wrapper leaf, no matter how small, is going to leak smoke and may negatively affect the way the cigar draws and burns.
The best way to repair this type of crack is to take a small piece of wrapper leaf (it could come from a cigar stub of the same blend or another cigar with the same type of wrapper leaf),
and use it to “patch” the crack, not unlike the way you’d fix a blown tire.
First, cut a piece of wrapper leaf to the approximate size you need to completely cover the crack. Then lightly wet the piece of wrapper leaf with gum arabic solution, paste it over the trouble spot and let it dry. In the meantime, go get another cigar.
If the crack starts at the foot of the cigar, first see how far up the length of the cigar the crack goes. If it’s less than an inch you might be better off cutting the cigar as cleanly as possible just above the crack. The cigar will be shorter, but you might still be able to get a decent smoke out of it. If you go that route, make sure you use a really sharp and powerful double blade cigar cutter. If the body of the cigar fits comfortably in the hole and the cutter is very sharp, snap the cutter as quickly as possible for a clean cut. Sometimes you get a rough edge, but it’s better than tossing the cigar.
If you’d rather not take any chances, repeat the process described above for repairing a crack in the middle of a cigar.
Click on the button below for a very well made video of a complete cigar wrapper replacement.
Some cigar smokers also resort to using bee’s wax-based lip balm, or even Chap-Stick (because they do contain a small bit of pectin as an ingredient), but there are few guarantees with that really, because it may never quite dry and may even impart a flavor or taste to the smoke as it smolders.
Gum Arabic or Acacia Powder
Unraveling cigars are best fixed with acacia powder, better known as gum arabic, or vegetable gum. This is what cigar rollers use for preparing the wrapper leaf and cap when they roll cigars. Gum arabic, which can be found in the baking aisle at some supermarkets, spice shops, and online, comes in powdered form. When mixed with distilled water to the right consistency, it can be a real life saver, or to put it another way, a real cigar saver. It’s also odorless and colorless. As described above, simply apply a modest amount of the liquefied gum to the wrapper and carefully “roll” the detached portion of wrapper leaf back into place.
What you will need:
1 Box 100% Natural Pectin (Found in the canning isle of your local grocery store)
Small Container of some sorts (such as the lid to a soda bottle)
Small amount of water
Small amount of donor tobacco to use a patch
Place a small amount of warm water into your soda bottle cap
Add in a small amount of pectin and stir with toothpick
Apply pectin with toothpick to both the cigar and donor tobacco
Apply patch, press firmly and remove any wrinkles
Allow pectin to dry for about one minute then enjoy your repaired cigar.
The first thing you are going to want to do is lick it, or put some spit on your finger and try to stick it all back together. Probably (most of the time) this is the only method you will have at hand. And, it will work, sorta. If the damage is not too bad, or if the wrapper leaf has not come loose too much, you might get it to stick back together. For a little while. Its been my experience that licking it back together is a last resort and offers little chance of real success.
There are outside agents that can be utilized in this situation, IF you happen to have one of them at hand, or if you are still in your house by your cigar stuff (although why you would be having that problem there is of question). Scroll down for three of the best answers to this "non-sticky" situation.
Obviously, this should never happen to you... But....
Sooner or later your going to have a smoking opportunity and make your cut and get ready to light, and the wrapper on your cigar starts to come loose, or unravel, or split, or something like that. Any number of reasons for that to happen; your humidor is not RH correct, you haven't properly protected your cigar while bringing it to your smoking opportunity, your cigar has been outside in the dry air for too long, whatever... Now its got a split in it, or the wrapper is just coming loose and flapping in the breeze. This is a bad situation, to be sure. But, its a situation that has remedy, though usually not easily at hand.