My understanding is that traditionally, the English and other European cigar cultures believed that removing the band before smoking was good manners. That leaving it on was considered a bit showy. I am not sure if that is still the case, as I suspect we're all a bit more showy these days, but there is nothing wrong with removing the band at any point. Well, I guess if you're removing them in the cigar shop to pass off a Padron 1926 as a house cigar, that might be frowned upon... but once you own it, it's all yours!Thank you, gents. Now I can remove the bands in good conscience. I may even find an appropriate wood screw. The little Punch cigar I had New Years Day, the band wouldn't slide off, so I had to take it off in bits, but I'd rather keep them as trophies, at least for a while. Scotch tape them to my calendar. With the foil and fancy printing, I hate to throw them out.
Typically, I remove my bands after an inch or so, but lately I've been leaving them on longer. Guess I'm doing it for the 'gram myself
Pichardo Clasico Maduro with Sumatran espresso.