Personally, I like to hold my cigar between my middle finger and my ring finger. I have seen it done other ways but that is the way I like to hold a cigar. Iconoclast? No, that honor would have to go to someone like the Iraq War-supporting Christopher Hitchens. But it is different; you have to admit that.
The most popular way to hold a cigar is between your forefinger and your middle finger. I don’t know why this is the case but, to save space, that is just the way it is. I guess most guys, I’m sorry, people, like to hold cigars betwixt the forefinger and the middle finger. There’s no reason to argue, there’s no deep down analytical way to argue it, like pitch f/x in baseball, that is just the way it is.
Maybe it is more comfortable for most people. I don’t know. All I know is that it is the way most people hold their cigars. Thumb and middle finger or, for that matter, forefinger, makes more sense. It is more stable and results in less slippage, but forefinger and middle finger just seems to be the way it is done. Enough said.
Right now I am watching the great Halloween season 2 episode of The League and holding a Pinar del Rio 1878 betwixt my forefinger and middle finger. That is what is comfortable for me. Sure, the forefinger is useless, like the appendix, but that is just the way that I hold a cigar. It’s a stubborn idiosyncrasy of mine that I do not give up until a cigar comes near the nub, which, at that point, I use the forefinger and either the thumb or the middle finger.
How you hold a cigar is a personal choice. Travolta, in the underratedly awesome Swordfish, holds what looks like a panatella to me between his thumb and forefinger. That is cool, a terrorist sure, but an American terrorist. A kind of 21st century privateer. Who can argue with a guy who blows up the pleasure yacht of the Sheik of Badistan? I thought naught.
Basically, the point of this alcohol-induced post is that you can hold a cigar anyway you damn well please. If you are the type of person who has their cigar held by a $100 hooker from Cuba (I am told that is what they cost), that is fine. If you hold your cigar between your ring finger and your pinky, while being effete, that is alright as well. If you are that person, however, make sure that you are smoking something better than the PDR 1878, it just isn’t that impressive of a cigar.