Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Chris Nitti has long been known as a player's cuemaker, building sticks that consistently hit well with meticulous attention to detail and finish.  But that doesn't mean he doesn't make beautiful cues.  When he decides to go the extra mile and build in aesthetic touches to enhance the beauty of a cue, he knows how to make a beautiful cue.  This is a good example.

This is a very pretty cue, made primarily from ebony, with eight points - four long of ebony and four short of burl.  In the butt sleeve, he reverses it somewhat, with a burl sleeve and ebony boxes.

The long ebony points are delicately veneered with several layers of veneers (red, tan, blue, tan and red).  All of the points are inlaid - the ebony points with elforyn diamonds and the burl points with small elforyn dots.  Each of the dots are wrapped in silver.

I want to be sure and point out the high quality of the wood he chose for this stick.  The Gabon ebony is as black as black can be - most cuemakers today would charge an extra $200 just for this piece of ebony.  The burl is very pretty.  It has nice figure, and is kind of smoky (for lack of a better word) with a golden, honey color - again, a quality piece of wood.

He wraps the handle with my favorite material, Spanish bull.  It is a very durable product, looks great on the stick, and above all, is very comfortable in the hand when playing.

In the butt, he builds in four ebony windows, each outlined in silver with small elforyn dots at the corners.  Between the boxes are small elforyn dots surrounded with silver, complementing the dots in the short points in the nose.

Pictures often don't show the true beauty of silver in cues.  I'm afraid that is the case with this one.  In person, the silver in this cue really stands out and plays a big part in making this cue very special.

He uses his traditional ring pattern in this cue, and puts the rings in all locations - above the butt cap, below and above the wrap, at the joint and on the ring collars of each shaft.

He adds a black phenolic butt cap and joint to this stick, which all comes together to give it a very sleek look.  It's classy and beautiful.

He uses his standard joint configuration, making sure this cue will hit the way all Nittis hit - soft, solid and pure.  It is a flat-faced, wood to wood joint with a stainless steel radial pin.  It has melamine ferrules and layered Wizard medium tips.

This cue comes with two 13 mm shafts.  It weighs 19.0 ounces.  It's a gorgeous stick and has a lot of work in it for the money.