Stinky got his name from his wife when he started smoking cigars and came into the house with that familiar odor. Now, he’s Stinky to thousands of fellow cigar enthusiasts.
I developed the Stinky Cigar® ashtray out of a need at our weekly Herf (gathering of people smoking cigars).
We needed bigger ashtrays!
The ashtrays would fill up so quickly with ash, cigar butts, matches, wrappers, and more, that we found ourselves arguing about who had to get up and dump the ash next.
The first Stinky Cigar Ashtray was a secondhand silver bowl that I had for years. I found it while digging through my storage. I noticed the deep size of the bowl and thought, “This could hold all of our ash, so we’re not arguing about who has to dump it out.“
The bowl, however, did not have any way of holding the cigars on it.
I remembered something.
We lived close to the railroad tracks, and my children always brought back flattened coins that they would put on the tracks for the train to run them over (I remember doing the same thing as a child). They had a slight curve and held the Cigar perfectly!
I figured it out!
Now, I just need a way to attach them to the bowl.
In January of 2004, I took three flattened coins to a radiator shop and had them soldered to the rim of the bowl.
I brought the custom made cigar bowl to our next Herf, and the guys loved it and wanted me to make some for them (I just brought it because I didn’t want to keep dumping it out). It was a lot of work to make that first ashtray, so I said no at first. Each week they kept asking me to have a large bowl ashtray like the one I bring to our Herf.
With all the compliments and encouragement, it occurred to me that there might be a need for a large size cigar ashtray in the market.
Out of curiosity I contacted a company in India and started researching the idea.
In March of 2004, I attended the NATO convention here in Las Vegas.
I only had the original Silver-plated ashtray and one makeshift stainless-steel prototype.
The cigar store owners loved this new idea so much, they were trying to preorder bulk quantities from me, and I had no idea what to do, so I took on the orders and got to work on finding a way to manufacture them. That’s how the Original Stinky Cigar Ashtray was born.