How much is a good cigar?
4$ to 8$ will purchase a quality cigar .
By clipping a cigar, you are simply removing the covered end in order to allow for air and smoke to be drawn through the cigar. You don't need to take very much off. A Cuban cigar roller once taught me to simply remove the cap of a cigar with my finger nails. This can normally be accomplished successfully, but you've got to be careful not to tear the wrapper.