Much like a pop-up restaurant or hidden door speakeasy, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t see the Les Fines Lames booth on the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show floor this year. Had it not been for the company telling us where they were going to be, I’d probably have missed them as well.

The company shared a booth space with German Engineered Cigars, leading to a couple of jokes about the aisle way in front of their space being the Atlantic Ocean, needing to convert my currency and whatnot. In particular, Les Fines Lames had the display case on the right that you can see below. In that display case was a number of the company’s products, from bracelets with punch cutters to the four new products it was showing off, three of which are part of a new Art Series, while the fourth pays tribute to the U.S.A.

Beyond the new products, there seemed to be some kind of challenge for folks to properly pronounce the company’s name, and as a voice talent in my other life, I gladly accepted, though have yet to see what they’ve done with the video they took of me showing off my French accent.

Le Petit by Les Fines Art Series Calavera

While Le Petit Lames is a French company, they are using the Spanish word for skull to describe this cutter. It is a black, gray and white design that features several skulls that draw on Mexican sugar skull artwork which is used to depict deceased relatives, particularly around Dia de Los Muertos.  As for the blade, the Art Series uses the same 14C28N stainless steel blade that is found on many other versions of the Le Petit. To use it, simply flip the blade up, place the cigar in the rest that can accommodate up to a 70 ring gauge cigar, and slice right through it.

MSRP: $159

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

Le Petit by Les Fines Art Series Seigaiha

The Seigaiha design is featured on the left of the trio, and draws on a 6th-century Japanese design that means “blue sea and waves,” and which has seen a resurgence of popularity in modern times.

MSRP: $159

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

Le Petit by Les Fines Art Series Shu Crane

This design is inspired by the role of the crane in Chinese mythology, incorporating a tapestry-style design that is a first for the company. While all three of the new Art Series designs are quite impressive, the level of detail of this design is particularly eye-catching.

MSRP: $159

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

Le Petit by Les Fines Flag U.S.A.

This new design option is a clean and straightforward take on the U.S flag, for those that like to have the Stars and Stripes close at hand. Like the Art Series, it uses the 14C28N stainless steel blade.

MSRP: $159

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 2022

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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.