In Depth: Peradon King Snooker Cue Review
August 11, 2015 15:54 4 Comments
The Peradon King snooker cue has always been one of my favourite cues from the Peradon range so I thought it was the perfect place to start my new In Depth series of cue reviews on the blog.
Before I go into some serious information about this snooker cue I want to give you my opinion and also my reasoning behind it being one of my favourites.
For me it is down to the design, I have always been drawn to the four quarter splice, tulip style butt designs and on this cue I just think the colours are perfect with the jet black ebony contrasting with the grainy light coloured Olive wood that is set off by the two veneers. Plus for many years it was the top of the range cue, it was replaced at the top of the Peradon snooker range by firstly the York and then more recently the Suffolk, Harlow, Winchester and Newbury all slotted in above it.
Just because it is no longer the pinnacle cue in the range doesn't mean it is not still a fantastic snooker cue. It is still made the Peradon way and still uses the finest materials available.
How is the King Cue made the Peradon Way?
The Peradon Way as I have put it above is not really an official system of making a cue but just the way that Peradon have made cues since the companies first cues in 1885. The King is completely made by hand. That means that the Ash shaft starts off as a blank and is hand planed and sanded.
The butt of the cue is created by hand splicing (joining) flats of solid ebony onto a cut out wedge of the ash, this is glued in place and repeated around the butt. Once the glue has set this again is planed and sanded by hand.
It still takes some time for the cue to reach its final tapered finish and in order to relieve the stress on the wood and create a cue that will stay straighter it has numerous finishes. These are all done by hand, and during the final stages a smooth like finish is achieved through both sanding and the application of specialist oil treatments.
Peradon King Snooker Cue - The Specifics
This information is readily available both on our own product page and on Peradons own website but I thought there was no harm in duplicating this information here.
- Length: 58" - 147.5cm
- Joint Position: 3/4 Jointed Cue at 16" (40.5cm) from the base
- Shaft length: 42" - 107cm
- Joint: Solid Brass quick-action joint, male end is fitted in the butt of the cue.
- Cue Tip: 9.5-10mm Elkmaster
- Base joint: All Peradon snooker cues are fitted with a solid brass quick action joint in the base
I haven't listed weight under this specification on purpose, the weight really can vary but generally we are finding that Medium weighted cues are becoming more rare. This is due to the fact that the King cues have a 16" joint which means more ebony in the butt. When this wood is dense it tends to weigh heavier.
What Woods are Used?
On all Peradon Snooker Cues, apart from the Newbury, the main shaft wood is Ash, so much care an attention is made to find the right quality of ash and the best pieces, aesthetically speaking, are reserved for the higher end hand spliced cues like the King.
Peradon purchase more ash than any other English cue maker and only a handful of the pieces purchased end up being used to create a shaft.
The King, as I mentioned right at the beginning, is one of my all-time favourite Peradon snooker cues. This is solely down to the design. The King cue, like many others in the range, is created using the finest quality of ebony wood available. Although ebony is generally regarded as being black, as it is a natural product sometimes flecks of dark brown can appear in the ebony, this is not a defect but just one of the nuances that make cues even more interesting.
The King is a cue that has a secondary set of splices, for me this is what sets this cue apart. But only because the light of the Olive wood contrasts nicely with the dark of the Ebony. Olive wood is also a very pleasing wood on the eye with swirling grain patterns that just look fantastic. It is of course finished off with a double wood veneer in between the Olive and Ebony, these are generally made from a light wood like maple and then stained. In the case of the King sycamore is used and then a stained Plum colour.
Brass is Solid
The Peradon King is fitted with a solid brass ferrule to protect the top of the shaft. In addition there is a solid brass quick-action joint on this particular cue. For me it has always been one of the most robust quick release joint systems on the market, each piece is precision turned from a solid piece of brass and fitted specifically to that cue. This means if a shaft breaks then you would need to return the whole thing to the factory so they can get the brass to sit flush again for you.
Lastly, there is a further brass joint in the base that is there solely to accept Peradon extensions. Also note that it will only accept Peradon extensions with a male joint.
The Peradon King Snooker Cue is not only a great looking cue that uses very high quality materials but it is also a cue that plays very well. The playability will vary as each piece of wood is different and weight will also be a factor but I have always found them to hit quite solidly. They have a nice even balance due to the 16" joint. The length is classed a full size which may mean shorter players may struggle but generally speaking it should be suitable for most builds of player.