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Cutting a cigar top sheet with the Chaveta

Chaveta ( Spanish : wedge , head ) is the name given to the crescent-shaped, handleless knife of a cigar turner .

The Chaveta knife is used to trim the cigar toppers. It is pressed onto the tobacco leaf with a rocking motion in order to avoid tears that can occur with a pulling cut. The cigar cutting plate on which the sheet lies is made of wood to protect the knife and its cutting edge. In Germany, cigar knives with handles are in use in the cigar makers .