General Cigar Co. has announced plans for a new value-oriented release for its Punch line that will be called the Knuckle Buster.

The Punch Knuckle Buster will use a Nicaraguan habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, with the blend designed to be medium-bodied, despite a name that might suggest otherwise. It is being made at the STG Danlí factory in Honduras and will be offered in three sizes:

  • Punch Knuckle Buster Robusto (4 1/2 x 52) — $4.99 (Box of 25, $124.75)
  • Punch Knuckle Buster Toro (6 x 50) — $5.49 (Box of 25, $137.25)
  • Punch Knuckle Buster Gordo (6 1/4 x 60) — $5.99 (Box of 25, $149.75)

“Our hope is that Punch Knuckle Buster becomes a ‘go to’ blend that cigar smokers can rely on time and time again, without having to think twice when they hit the cash register or click on their carts,” said Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Punch. “We want it to be the perfect smoke for walking the dog or mowing the lawn or enjoying with cigar smoking friends. Because after all, a cigar is not about money or status or boutique cigar makers. It’s about removing those barriers and enjoying a moment of well-earned relaxation.”

The line is scheduled to begin shipping March 9.

Overall Score

Avatar photo

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.