The pool cue tip is made of leather.
The ferrule protects the wood on the
top of the cue. The ferrule material can range from Ivory to a specially
engineered material that the manufacturer uses to give the cue a special hit.
The shaft of the cue is usually made
of maple. Maple is very hard and is used because it can take years of use
without damage. Some cheaper cues are made from Ramin wood which is a wood
The trim ring is used to protect the
wood at the joint. The trim ring is usually made from high impact plastic
or stainless steel and if you hit the edge of the joint you do not dent the wood
and damage the shaft.
The joint is used to take the cue
apart for carrying. Joints come in many different styles and
configurations. The object of all the different types is to join the 2 cue
pieces firmly and accurately.
The forearm of a cue is usually where
the money is. Cue forearms can use Birds Eye Maple or Ebony, Cocobolo,
some other exotic woods.
The inlay in the forearm also
contributes to the price of the cue. Exotic materials and intricate work
makes the cue more expensive. Cheaper cues use decals.
The handle is where you put your
A lot of cues have the handle area
covered with a Linen material. Some more expensive cues use a Leather wrap
and some cheaper cues have the handle wrapped with Nylon.
The butt sleeve usually has a good
looking piece of wood. Again, more expensive cues use more exotic woods.
Butt Sleeve Inlay
Again, the inlay on the butt sleeve
is where the money is.
The butt cap protects the cue when
you are chalking.
The bumper protects the bottom of the
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