To celebrate its 20th anniversary, XIKAR is releasing a special edition of its famed Xi1 cutter next month.
The XIKAR 20th Anniversary Retro Xi1 cutter is being released in the four original colors as the debut version that was released in 1996: black, titanium, silver and champagne. Each cutter features XIKAR’s 20th anniversary logo as well as the signatures of the company’s founders, Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger.
“Out of an idea we built in our garages and sold to our local cigar retailers, Scott and I built an iconic cutter, and then a brand,” said Kurt Van Keppel, ceo and co-founder of XIKAR, via a press release. “With support from the XIKAR Nation and our loyal retailers, the brand continued to grow and became bigger than the product itself.
Recently, XIKAR was awarded a trademark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the shape of the Xi cutter, which ensures its perpetual protection.
“We would like to show our appreciation for the past 20 years the best way that XIKAR knows how – with more award-winning cigar accessories,” said Scott Almsberger, XIKAR chief design office and co-founder. He went on to say that 2016 will be “an exciting and impressive year in XIKAR innovation.”
Van Keppel and Almsberger will also be touring the country this year as part of the XIKAR 20th Anniversary Thank You Tour.
Suggested retail pricing is $74.99. While the new cutters are going to be a limited production, XIKAR has not disclosed what the final production numbers will be.