In what might be one of the biggest surprises of the trade show, JetLine, the well-known cigar accessory company, has no new products to show off. At least, not officially.

First, it should be noted that as of just about three weeks ago, the company wasn’t planning to be at the show this year. But after some discussions with Cigar Oasis, who welcomed them into their booth, the company decided to attend. That meant a much smaller footprint than in years past, and as such much fewer display cases that contained the company’s existing lines.

As for new products, the company has a number of things in the works, though I had to promise not to photograph them, as what I was shown was still in the prototype phase and not ready to be fully announced until production details are finalized. What I can say is that there is an updated and less expensive version of the popular Hurricane lighter that isn’t too far away, a new triple flame torch lighter that will offer a unique ignition design, and some updates to the company’s JL-Villano cutters that will improve both feel and performance. The company said its official announcements could come as early as mid-August and could continue into the early fall for this current batch of products.

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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.