Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here is another great hitting cue from master cuemaker, Chris Nitti.  This one is a simple design, but somehow Chris always uses his great wood selection and superior finish to make it something special.

This one is a basic merry widow, built with a nose and butt sleeve of figured bubinga and a handle of sheer black ebony.  If you're in the market for a wrapless cue in this price range, this is a good choice.

The bubinga is a nice bright reddish-brown, showing lots of grain and figure.  The ebony handle is very black, showing little wood grain.  Personally I always like my ebony to show a little grain ... I don't like it when it's so black that it almost looks like phenolic.  (Ebony is very expensive now - an ebony blank can cost $200 or more.  Coupled with the figured bubinga, the wood alone in this stick probably cost $350-400.)

He uses his favorite ring pattern - ebony and elforyn dashes sandwiched between two elforyn rings.  Then, he places them above the butt cap, below and above the handle, at the joint and on the ring collars of the shafts.

I really like the color of this bubinga.  It's bright but not overbearing.  It has very pretty grain.  As with all his cues he signs, dates and numbers it under the finish - in this case, just above the butt cap.

There's not much need for a lot of description of this stick.  I think the pictures describe it best.

He built this one with a black phenolic butt cap and joint.  It's a very durable material uses in two places where a stick needs durability most.  And the black at the top and bottom perfectly accentuates the rest of the cue.

This cue comes with two shafts made from Chris' premium maple, with melamine ferrules and Wizard medium tips.  It weighs 19.2 ounces.  (I can often change the weight on Chris' cues if needed.)  It is built with a stainless steel radial pin in a flat-faced wood-to-wood joint.  This is a great cue at a reasonable price - an easy first step into the world of custom-made cues by a top cuemaker.