Cigar Size and Shape

cigar shapeCigars are generally categorized by their shape and size. Although this might sound simple, it can also get a bit confusing. Most cigar manufacturers have been making cigars using traditional cigar shapes for many years. The problem with this is that it may be different from brand to brand, making it all the more difficult for people distinguish one from the other.

It is usually the dimensions of the cigar that is used to more accurately categorize them. Measurement in terms of a cigar’s length and diameter helps standardize cigars and how they are made. In the US length is measured in inches while the diameter is measured by ring gauge, which is equivalent to a measurement divided into 64th‘s of an inch.

For example, a cigar that has a ring gauge of 44 has a diameter of 44 divided by 64th’s of an inch. In some other countries, the length and diameter may be measured in centimeters and millimeters. Here are the common names for the different cigar sizes and their shapes:

Coronas are considered the traditional standard from which all the other cigars are measured. Coronas are usually made with an open foot for lighting and a closed and rounded head which is cut prior to smoking. Coronas are further divided into several types. There’s the common Corona cigar that is made with a length of 5 1/2 to 6 inches and has a ring gauge of 42 to 44. There’s also the Petite Corona which only has a length 4 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of 40 to 42.

There’s also a large corona format called the Churchill that follows a traditional dimension of 7 inches with a 48 ring gauge. A smaller Churchill format called the Robusto is also available that has the traditional dimensions of 5 to 5 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of 50. The Corona Gorda follows the long Robusto format. Its traditional measurements are 5 1/2 with a 46 ring gauge.

There’s also the Double Corona which follows the standard dimension of 7 1/2 to 8 inches and with a 49 to 52 ring gauge. The panatela is shaped like a longer and thinner corona with a varying length between 5 to 7 1/2 inches and with a ring gauge that can vary from 34 to 38. Then there is the Lonsdale which is a bit thicker than a panatela and longer than a corona. Its standard size is 6 3/4 inches in length and may have a ring gauge from 42 to 44.

Aside from the standard sizes of cigars, there are others that are known for their novel shapes. These cigars are generally called Figurados. There is what is called the Pyramid which is a cigar that is sharply tapered with a closed head. There’s also the Torpedo which is a cigar that has a closed foot, a pointed head that has a bulge in the middle.

The Perfecto is much like the Torpedo but with a rounded head rather than a pointed one. The Culebra is more unique. Its exotic shape is made up of three panatelas braided and banded together to form one cigar.

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