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Pidge
11-24-2012, 06:11 PM
Anyone tried a cue with a snake skin wrap?

http://www.craftsmancues.com/acatalog/9_ball_cues.html

They have 2 cues on there that have a snake skin wrap that I'm tempted to buy. I don't want to jump into the purchase before hearing a few views from people that have tried snake skin.

On a side note I'd recommend anyone to try out their cues. They're based in the UK and are a well known custom snooker cue maker. I've already got an American style cue from them and its by far the best cue I own.

Thanks.

Chopdoc
11-24-2012, 06:19 PM
Odd. They look distinctively like Philippine made cues.





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Pidge
11-24-2012, 06:28 PM
Odd. They look distinctively like Philippine made cues.





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Very well could be made by a cue maker from the Philippines. If anyone knows who makes their American style cues I'd love to know.

Cheers.

peteypooldude
11-24-2012, 06:37 PM
May well be the next cue I buy

scsuxci
11-24-2012, 06:41 PM
Odd. They look distinctively like Philippine made cues.





.I agree,personally I would stay away if I were you.

Pidge
11-24-2012, 06:48 PM
I agree,personally I would stay away if I were you.
Why?

I have one of their other cues and the quality and playabilty is head and shoulders above anything I've ever owned.

They have a shop nearby that I will check out before I buy anything. Hopefully they will have something similar. They also offer to make snooker cues from scratch, I might see if they do the same for American style cues.

mortuarymike-nv
11-24-2012, 06:54 PM
I thought this thread was about snake skin wraps.

Never owned a snake skin wrap .I have heard they feel different.

MMike

Pidge
11-24-2012, 06:59 PM
I thought this thread was about snake skin wraps.

Never owned a snake skin wrap .I have heard they feel different.

MMike
Yeah thanks for getting back to the point.

If anyone has tried one, what would they most compare to?

Cheers.

8onthebreak
11-24-2012, 07:23 PM
Somehow snakeskin just doesn't seem appealing to me. Scaly, seems like it would be fragile too. Seems like it would be slippery...

Just doesn't sound appealing. I like leather...I like it bumpy. Not sticky, but not slippery.

Pidge
11-24-2012, 07:32 PM
Somehow snakeskin just doesn't seem appealing to me. Scaly, seems like it would be fragile too. Seems like it would be slippery...

Just doesn't sound appealing. I like leather...I like it bumpy. Not sticky, but not slippery.
Thanks for that. I think I'm just going to have to take a trip to their shop and try some out.

peteypooldude
11-24-2012, 07:36 PM
Thanks for that. I think I'm just going to have to take a trip to their shop and try some out.

Let me know the results, looks like a lot of cue for the money , if they check out I will prabably buy myself

Pidge
11-24-2012, 07:50 PM
Let me know the results, looks like a lot of cue for the money , if they check out I will prabably buy myself
Yeah I will do buddy. I have the B19 on their site. $515(ish) it cost me and if id have bought the exact same cue from a cue maker in the usa i would have paid way more.

TheFletch
11-24-2012, 08:29 PM
I just recently handled a cue with a snakeskin wrap on it. Now granted it was old, (20+ years I was told) the issues I saw were the scales had actually started to fold outward and there is only one way to "brush" the wrap for fear of going against the grain and having the aforementioned happen.

Otherwise there was no issue as far as actual grip goes. And it does provide an interesting feel with a very unique look. IMO

rayjay
11-24-2012, 08:46 PM
Sea snake = Philippines.

cuejoey
11-24-2012, 10:22 PM
Anyone tried a cue with a snake skin wrap?

http://www.craftsmancues.com/acatalog/9_ball_cues.html

They have 2 cues on there that have a snake skin wrap that I'm tempted to buy. I don't want to jump into the purchase before hearing a few views from people that have tried snake skin.

On a side note I'd recommend anyone to try out their cues. They're based in the UK and are a well known custom snooker cue maker. I've already got an American style cue from them and its by far the best cue I own.

Thanks. One of the finest cue makers and he does outstanding work with snake skin..................www.hightowercues.com

peteypooldude
11-24-2012, 10:29 PM
One of the finest cue makers and he does outstanding work with snake skin..................www.hightowercues.com

Don't think he makes a 300$ cue, not everyone can spend a 1000$

RRfireblade
11-25-2012, 08:12 AM
From what I can see in the pics, my guess is there's likely some finish or sealer on the wrap. Looks to be anyway.

I have 'natural' snake skin on a number of things , can't imagine having it on a cue handle. Just sliding it in and out of a case would kill it pretty fast.

If it is sealed , then its not actually going to feel like snake skin.

desmocourtney
11-25-2012, 08:22 AM
With the right size snake, you should be able to have a seamless wrap.:grin:

scsuxci
11-25-2012, 08:43 AM
Why?

I have one of their other cues and the quality and playabilty is head and shoulders above anything I've ever owned.

They have a shop nearby that I will check out before I buy anything. Hopefully they will have something similar. They also offer to make snooker cues from scratch, I might see if they do the same for American style cues.I know you were wondering about the wrap but you also said you were thinking of purchasing that cue,thats why I said stay away.
If you like them,thats great but for me there's only a couple of cuemakers
from that side of world that produces great quality work that doesn't
banana months later.I use to sell cues with that snakeskin style years ago
and was getting them for $35 dollars a cue and they sold super quick
for 150 to $200 cause of the look.
After a few months I was refunding and taking back well over half
of them due to extreme warping,inlay popping,ferrules loosening and
a handful of other headaches.

You might not have any issues at all but I always believed these cues
are about looks and nothing about quality and playability.

Most of the snakeskin wraps I ever had was coated over-top like a
Meucci so it really didn't feel like anything.
If its on top,I've only heard they get very tacky when your hand heats up.
Goodluck:smile:

peteypooldude
11-25-2012, 09:02 AM
With the right size snake, you should be able to have a seamless wrap.:grin:

Nothing like a little good humor lmao

EightballJunkie
11-25-2012, 09:38 AM
Odd. They look distinctively like Philippine made cues.

I'm 100% sure those are made in the Philippines.

peteypooldude
11-25-2012, 09:40 AM
I'm 100% sure those are made in the Philippines.

How would one find this out?

EightballJunkie
11-25-2012, 10:26 AM
How would one find this out?

I suppose one could contact the people over at Craftsman Cues LTD. Why don't you do that, and let us know what you find out :grin:

Pidge
11-25-2012, 12:53 PM
I suppose one could contact the people over at Craftsman Cues LTD. Why don't you do that, and let us know what you find out :grin:
I have sent an email asking if the cues are made in the UK, what species of snake was used and if they have them in their shop to try out. Once I have a reply ill post what they say for anyone interested.

Also with reference to a previous poster; the cues aren't $300, they're 315 ($500ish) and 429 ($630ish) with shipping to the states going to be around 40-50 ($60-80ish).

peteypooldude
11-25-2012, 01:05 PM
Yeah, I mis read it. Still not but 375$ plus shipping
Beats a 1000$ if their up to par

Pidge
11-25-2012, 01:28 PM
If they are made by craftsman cues then they will be more than worth the money. Like I said about the cue I bought from them, it plays better than any cue I've ever taken a shot with, which includes $2000+ cues. I use a 314 1st gen 11.5mm tip on the one I have and its a match made in heaven.

I'm going to visit their shop tomorrow, if they have the cues ill try them out and write a quick review about them if it helps.

TheThaiger
11-25-2012, 01:51 PM
I use a 314 1st gen 11.5mm tip on the one I have and its a match made in heaven.


Then why are you looking for a new cue?

Pidge
11-25-2012, 02:01 PM
Then why are you looking for a new cue?
You can never have too many cues. Right?

tattoo
11-25-2012, 03:09 PM
if you want a snake skin wrap....you would need to pick a snake with smaller scales....the bigger scales will fold on you.....look into a sandboa of sometype....maybe a larger kenya sandboa would work better..glws i hope you get what you want....

edd
11-26-2012, 01:40 PM
Haven't had any experience with snakeskin, but I have come to prefer lizard skin. However, I doubt they are similar.