Back in November 2018, MoyaRuiz Cigars announced on KMA Talk Radio it would be producing an installment for Smoke Inn’s MicroBlend Series called The Hand Gripper. Today details of the cigar were announced by Smoke Inn. This is the thirteenth installment of the MicroBlend Series. Plans are for the Hand Gripper to go on sale at Smoke Inn’s “The Great Smoke” event on February 16th.
The Hand Gripper features two cigars connected together to represent a pair of flexing forearm hand grippers. If the concept of connecting two cigars together sounds familiar, this is similar to a project MoyaRuiz did in 2014 with its La Jugada Nunchuck – which had two cigars connected together representing a pair of Nunchucks. MoyaRuiz owns the patent on the Nunchuck cigar concept.
While the Nunchuck used a tobacco stem to connect the cigars, the Hand Gripper uses a plastic coil to connect the cigars.
Produced at the La Zona factory, the blend for the Hand Gripper features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper over binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The size of each cigar is a 5. 52 Robusto. A total of 300 numbered boxes were produced. Each box will contain 12 cigars (6 pairs of Hand Grippers) and will be priced at $99.00 MSRP per box.
In a press release, Danny Moya co-owner MoyaRuiz Cigars, commented “For us the concept was simple, let’s create something that’s never been done before. We are the only company that has a utility patent to be able to connect two cigars together so we came up with The Hand Gripper. As a small company to be a part of Smoke Inn’s Microblend™ Series is a dream come true. We are honored to join some of the great cigar companies that are part of this series. We couldn’t be more thankful to Abe and the entire Smoke Inn team for supporting us since day one. “
At a glance, here is a look at the MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: La Zona S.A.
Robusto: 5 x 52
For historical purposes, here is a look at the SmokeInn MicroBlend Series installments
- Tatuaje Anarchy
- Padron 1964 Anniversary SI 15 (Maduro and Natural)
- My Father El Hijo
- Arturo Fuente Solaris
- Tatuaje Apocalypse
- Room 101 Big Delicious
- Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel
- 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster by Espinosa Cigars
- Illusione PACTUM
- The Pope of Greenwich Village by Drew Estate
- Tatuaje Anarchy 2015 (Re-Release)
- Smoke Inn 20th Anniversary by Davidoff
- Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Loves Club
- MoyaRuiz Hand Gripper
Photo/Video Credits: Cigar Coop, except where noted
Updated 2/9/19: Additional photos and video