Horn Joint

rookie

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Iam ready to have a new cue built. Nothing over the top four point, Irish linen wrap just a nice solid player. My question have any of you guys owned or played with a horn jointed cue? What are your opinions on this material? I have a large piece of Axis deer horn that would work.
I was going to just do phenolic but have been kicking around this idea.
 

ceebee

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Iam ready to have a new cue built. Nothing over the top four point, Irish linen wrap just a nice solid player. My question have any of you guys owned or played with a horn jointed cue? What are your opinions on this material? I have a large piece of Axis deer horn that would work.
I was going to just do phenolic but have been kicking around this idea.

Mr friendly cue maker, John Parker of Auerbach Custom Cues has mad a lot of cues with some kind of horn, antler, deer & whatever... stuff works good.
 

JoeyInCali

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More work, but they are pretty and hit great .
They are harder than phenolic or melamine.
Your lathe bits and router bits will tell you.
They do need seasoning like wood and ivory.
 
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336Robin

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More work, but they are pretty and hit great .
They are harder than phenolic or melamine.
Your lathe bits and router bits will tell you.
They do need seasoning like wood and ivory.

Really I would have never thought it would harder than Phenolic
 

qbilder

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Considering what the material is designed for, it's damn near perfect for pool cues. Unlike ivory, where the tusk is used to push around brush & tree limbs, antler is designed by nature to endure incredible impact. Antler is evolved over millions of years to endure constant, consecutive, tremendous impact. It's also lightweight. Better yet, it's sustainable, as most animals that produce it, shed them every spring & grow a new set over the summer.
 

hang-the-9

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Iam ready to have a new cue built. Nothing over the top four point, Irish linen wrap just a nice solid player. My question have any of you guys owned or played with a horn jointed cue? What are your opinions on this material? I have a large piece of Axis deer horn that would work.
I was going to just do phenolic but have been kicking around this idea.

My son's cue has a horn joint, it's a stiffer and more jarring hit than my cue with a wood to wood joint with a plastic collar even when using the exact same shaft. My cue and his has the same pin and we have tried different shafts on each to see how they felt.

Funny part is that a shaft I like on my cue, I don't like on his, and he is the opposite, likes my shafts on his cue but not on mine.
 

qbilder

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My son's cue has a horn joint, it's a stiffer and more jarring hit than my cue with a wood to wood joint with a plastic collar even when using the exact same shaft. My cue and his has the same pin and we have tried different shafts on each to see how they felt.

Funny part is that a shaft I like on my cue, I don't like on his, and he is the opposite, likes my shafts on his cue but not on mine.


Anybody who says the butt of a cue doesn't matter, should experience what you have. Prime example of how much even minute, seemingly insignificant components can make very noticeable differences.
 

336Robin

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Stiff Hit

My son's cue has a horn joint, it's a stiffer and more jarring hit than my cue with a wood to wood joint with a plastic collar even when using the exact same shaft. My cue and his has the same pin and we have tried different shafts on each to see how they felt.

Funny part is that a shaft I like on my cue, I don't like on his, and he is the opposite, likes my shafts on his cue but not on mine.

I hit once with a Southwest and I was not prepared for the stiff hit. I hit balls for about a half an hour and although stiff there was something different about the messages the cue was sending through my arm.

Later on I lent my road partner a cue of mine and he wanted to put a juma ferrule that was not capped on it and I said sure.

The resulting hit was a bit stiffer and he played the best position of his entire life with that cue. After I got it back when he was finished building his own I went back to playing with it and now I am doing the same.

I think that there is a certain type of vibration that is preferable with certain types of hits although they are definitely subjective.
 

Bavafongoul

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I previously owned & subsequently sold a Richard Black cue with Cape Buffalo Horn for the joint material. He's a great cue-maker. Nonetheless, you don't
see that cue in my arsenal any longer, nor any other cues using horn rather than ivory. There's a reason why but try using horn and see for yourself. It's just
not the same despite what others may write.

Matt B.
 

JoeyInCali

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Really I would have never thought it would harder than Phenolic

If you replaced a moose's antlers with phenolic, he'd lose a lot of battles. :D
Phenolic is resin on linen or canvas or paper .
If you bounce a phenolic tube and antler tube of the same sizes , the antler will have a higher pitch and will be louder .
 

desi2960

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horn

i started using horn 7 - 8 years ago and, i did the elk, sambar stag, deer antler, but decided on moose for the most of my joint material.
it i believe is more durable than ivory, and has a better hit, as ivory is a bit more brittle.
2 draw backs, it is hard to find the really white horn, and the pieces i was buying for
5 - 7 bucks a few years ago are now costing 40 - 50.
 

JoeyInCali

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i started using horn 7 - 8 years ago and, i did the elk, sambar stag, deer antler, but decided on moose for the most of my joint material.
it i believe is more durable than ivory, and has a better hit, as ivory is a bit more brittle.
2 draw backs, it is hard to find the really white horn, and the pieces i was buying for
5 - 7 bucks a few years ago are now costing 40 - 50.

Prices have gone nuts.
I'll have to charge $150 more per cue now with two shafts if they want the stag collars.
Finding the right kind so I can thread them is hard and expensive.
Buttplates are even harder to find .
 

Cuebuddy

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I have spent the last couple of hours turning joints, ferrules and butt caps out of Elk Mule deer and Coues deer. I like the Coues deer the best but the antlers are small. Small works for the cues I build. It is difficult to find sections of antler that will work because of its irregular shape and the Marrow area on the inside. Antler turns really well and there is almost no need for sanding.

In my opinion it is underused in pool cues.
 

336Robin

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If you replaced a moose's antlers with phenolic, he'd lose a lot of battles. :D
Phenolic is resin on linen or canvas or paper .
If you bounce a phenolic tube and antler tube of the same sizes , the antler will have a higher pitch and will be louder .

Ha, Ha! That makes me wonder how it would be as a tip on Jump Cue!
 

JoeyInCali

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I have spent the last couple of hours turning joints, ferrules and butt caps out of Elk Mule deer and Coues deer. I like the Coues deer the best but the antlers are small. Small works for the cues I build. It is difficult to find sections of antler that will work because of its irregular shape and the Marrow area on the inside. Antler turns really well and there is almost no need for sanding.

In my opinion it is underused in pool cues.

And they smell great! :D
Nothing smells better than drilling out the marrow.:D
 

HQueen

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I have made several cues using deer antler. I personally love the hit and the look. In my hands it feels much like ivory but a little harder. A friend from Maine is going back home and is going to find me some Moose antlers. I'm eager to try that out on a cue.
 

MVPCues

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Me like it for joint collars and caps also. :)

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rookie

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Thanks for all the comments and info guys. Do any of you have photos of butts and joints of finished cues using horn.
 
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