Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Chris Nitti has been building top quality custom cues that play great for many years.  I've long admired the fact that every cue he makes hits so well, whether it costs $1,000 or $10,000.  Here is a simple merry widow - a basic design, but when built with his woods, using his superior finish, and with his meticulous craftsmanship, it becomes something special.

This one is wrapless, so if that's your style, this cue might be just right for you.  He uses curly maple in the nose and butt sleeve and dark, dark ebony in the handle.

The curly maple is very pretty - a very earthy, smoky brown.  It has nice figure and when contrasted against the black ebony handle, it really stands out.  The ebony is very good quality, which can be a pricey option these days.  A nice piece of ebony for a handle or a nose can cost the cuemaker $200 or more.

He uses his favorite ring pattern on this stick.  It's a an ebony and elforyn dash ring design, and he uses it above the butt cap, below and above the handle, at the joint and on the ring collars of the shafts.

He uses black phenolic for the joint and butt cap.  It's all part of the design to accentuate the pretty maple burl in the nose and butt sleeve.

Chris signs, dates and numbers each of his sticks somewhere under the finish.  In this case, it's just above the phenolic butt cap.

If you've never had the chance to hit with a Nitti cue, you've missed a good opportunity to understand why custom made cues are worth the extra money.  All of his sticks have a nice firm yet soft hit, with minimal deflection.  They are very solid with great "touch."

As with all his sticks, he uses a flat-faced joint with a radial stainless steel pin.  It comes with two 13 mm shafts of premium, hand selected tight grained maple.  The shafts have melamine ferrules and Wizard medium tips.  It weighs 19.4 ounces.  This stick is a great introduction to the world of super-playing custom made cues.