Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Mike Durbin has long been known as a "player's cuemaker" and has been putting great playing cues in the hands of top players for many years.  But Mike also makes a lot of gorgeous higher-end sticks that attract attention wherever they're used.  Here is a good example.

This is a full 360 degree butterfly (points and butterflies going both directions) that Mike made himself.  It is so good that when I first saw it I assumed he was using a Rounceville blank, like most other cuemakers are doing today.  Not so - Mike made this blank from scratch and turned it into a beautiful, great-playing cue.

The spectacular blue points, butterflies and veneers all radiate from a short cocobolo sleeve located in the middle of the cue towards the nose and butt cap.  The precision of their construction is phenomenal -  they all line up perfectly.  

This section is separated from the rest of the stick by two genuine turquoise rings.  The Durbin logo is embossed in the elforyn of the butt cap.

These turquoise rings reappear above the butt cap, at the joint, and on the collars of the shafts.  Each turquoise ring is sandwiched by four layers of veneer - black, white, black and white.

I'm not even going to try to describe the colors in these butterflies.  The pictures tell the story.  What I can say, however, is that they are gorgeous.

The butterflies serve to separate the four long cocobolo points which are all veneered in blue.  All of this comes together to comprise a classy beautiful cue.

All the white in this cue is elforyn, an ivory-substitute material.  There is no ivory in this stick.

He builds this stick with a solid elforyn joint with a 3/8X10 pin of stainless steel in a flat-faced configuration that contributes positively to the great hit this cue has.  

It comes with two 13mm shafts with elforyn ferrules and LePro tips.  It weighs 19.6 ounces.  
There are not many cuemakers who attempt their own butterflies because of the complexity of making the rainbows come out even and well-placed.  Most buy blanks from other cuemakers who specialize in this kind of construction.  Mike has shown himself to be a master cuethier in building and finishing his own blanks.