In Depth: Peradon Prince Snooker Cue Review

July 26, 2016 14:05

Peradon Prince Snooker Cue

The Peradon Prince snooker cue is one of the classic cues of the Peradon range so is the perfect place to pick up with my second installment of my In Depth series.

Before I go into some serious information about this snooker cue you can see some similarity between the Prince and the King, the cue I featured in my first installment.

This similarity is actually to do with the styling. The Prince, like the King, has a four-quarter decorative splice on the butt. 

Other than the fact that the cue is also made from Ebony and Ash that is pretty much where the similarity ends.

How is the Prince Cue made?

The Prince is completely made by hand by craftsmen at Peradon in Liverpool. This means that the Ash shaft starts off as a blank and is hand planed and sanded.

The butt of the cue is then 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.

The decorative splicing on the butt alonmg with the coloured veneers are also added using the same method. This gives you an inidcation as to why a hand made cue can cost so much money. There is a tremendous amount of specilist work that goes into creating each piece.

Even after the initial stages above 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 undergoes numerous finishing processes. 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 Prince Snooker Cue - The Specifics

This information is readily available both on our own product page and on Peradon's own website but I thought there was no harm in duplicating this information here as part of this review.

  • Length: 58" - 147.5cm
  • Joint Position: 3/4 Jointed Cue at 12" (30.5cm) from the base
  • Shaft length: 46" - 117cm
  • 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, Peradon offer the Prince cues as either medium or heavy. Due to the fact that the cue has a 12" joint there is less ebony in the butt so is easier to find cues of a lower weight. Heavier weight cues can be found but the very top end is unlikely due to there being less ebony.

What Woods are Used?

On all Peradon Snooker Cues, apart from the Newbury, the main shaft wood is Ash, so much care and 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 Prince.

Peradon purchase more ash than any other English cue maker, and I understand that they may well be the largest purchaser of ash in Europe. Only a handful of the ash pieces purchased end up being used to create a cue shaft.

The butt of the Prince cue, like many others in the range, is created using the finest quality of ebony wood available. Although ebony is generally regarded as being jet black, however, as it is a natural product there are times when 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 appealing.

The Prince is a cue that has a secondary set of splices, for me, at a personal level, I love cues that use this type of styling. 

The secondary splices on the Peradon Prince is thuya burr, a wood that has great appeal on the eye with a warm orange swirling pattern that is almost marble like in it's appearance. The thuya burr is set into the ebony with some thin light blue veneers that really enhance the wood.

Brass is always a Solid Chunk

The Peradon Prince is fitted with a solid brass ferrule to protect the top of the shaft, this is generally at 9.5mm but sometimes can be slightly oversize up to a diametre of 10mm.

In addition there is a solid brass quick-action joint, this is 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 or the bumper weight. Also note that it will only accept Peradon extensions with a male joint pin, these are readily available on our website.

The Verdict

The Peradon Prince Snooker Cue is a fantastic looking cue that uses only the finest materials but it is also a cue that hits 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. As there is more ash in a 12" jointed cue like the Prince they may not have the forward balance of a 16" jointed cue and also may seem a bit more 'flexy' in the shaft.

The length may not be suitable to all players as at 58" it is regarded as full size, shorter players may need something taken off the length for the cue to be comfortable. This would be at a premium but can be offered.

The Prince is a perfect hand spliced cue to opt for if a lighter cue is what you require. Thge joint position and the thuya burr mean that it is easier to find cues at the 17-17.5oz mark.

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