The Scrim by HutcH Studios booth might not be the biggest on the show floor, but there’s always something to see when you stop by, whether it be Rick Hutchings doing live scrim work on some new pieces, or simply the table full collection of his work that is waiting to be snapped up by retailers.

While other releases this year have focused on celebrity-themed cutters such as the Stallone Skull Cutter or an Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator-themed cutter, for the show Hutch turned to Africa and big game hunting, though with some new materials used for the handles.

HutcH Studio Africa Big Game Series

As Hutchings mentioned, he is making the shift away from ivory and to an alternative called Kirinite, which gets bonded with African Blackwood to give the finished product the same look but without the cost and impacts of using actual ivory. As with his other releases, Hutchings starts with a XIKAR Xi body and then adds the customized handles, doing scrim work to give them their signature design. The collection is available in five designs: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. All come with a protective leather case.

Price: $500

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.