The box press is another technique worth noting. Box pressed cigars are not considered figurados, even though they lack the classic “cylinder” shape. Box pressed cigars have “squared” sides of varying degrees (some are less round than others). This effect originated unintentionally as a by product of packaging cigars in
Spanish for "snake", culebras are probably the most unusual cigar(s) to behold. The culebra is actually 3 individual cigars braided together and then bound with string. These cigars were developed as daily rations for Cuban torcedores. Traditionally, factories have allowed their rollers a daily ration of cigars; but managers had little control over how much one person could consume. The culebra is an underfilled cigar that retains its rustic “snake-like” shape after it has been unbraided. This visible hallmark gave managers an ingenious method to ration and control employee consumption.