Peradon Snooker Cues 2019: The Ultimate Guide
Peradon are a company that don't like to stand still and are always looking to freshening up the products that they offer.
Over the past few years this has seen them deliver new cues in the Cannon and Snooker ranges, new cue cases like the Halo range and the Beast cases, plus they also distribute some of the leading brands of cue tips by the likes of Kamui, Talisman and Taom.
2019 is the year Peradon have decided to freshen up their snooker cue range.
This means that some old favourites like the Ascot, Stafford and Islington models have been discontinued, being replaced with a number of new models.
I am hoping that this becomes your go to place on all things related to the 2019 Peradon Snooker Cue range. I will outline the models that have been kept, the new models in detail with links to every product on the Billiards Boutique store.
It probably won't be a short read so make sure you have a decent cup of tea or an even better pint of beer as you sit down and read through this. I have done my best to provide some images where appropriate.
The Standard Specification
Although designs do differ a lot the specification of the Peradon range is very uniform, these are the main details:
- 58" or 147cm in length
- Ash Shaft
- Brass ferrule
- Solid brass 'quick-action' joint
- 9.5-10mm Elkmaster cue tip
Peradon Quick Action joint fitted on a two piece cue
When it comes to weight each cue has two options, medium or heavy. The actual weights themselves with the medium and heavy band vary depending on the cue. For example a cue with a 16" solid ebony joint will have a medium and heavy weight that is higher than a 12" jointed cue.
Peradon 1 Piece Snooker Cues
1 Piece cues are regarded by many players as the pinnacle of performance. That perfect balance and feel that the solid piece of ash gives you when you connect with the cue ball. However, they are a bit more cumbersome to carry around so I understand why they are not quite so popular among club and league players.
For 2019 Peradon have actually made no changes to the one piece range, what you have are the following options:
Peradon 2 Piece Snooker Cues
2 piece snooker cues are still very popular, especially with players that are new to the game. They offer the cheapest way into the Peradon range and of course having a joint in the centre makes them the easiest to transport about.
By having the brass joint across the middle of the cue does mean you lose a little bit of the feedback when you make contact with the ball but if you are looking for a decent cue that is affordable and has the benefit of being easy to carry around then you can't go wrong.
The Ascot and Islington models have now been retired and replaced with two new styles that you can find below.
Actually made as one piece cues and then jointed later meaning that the ash grain matches across the joint. The joint itself is a joint exclusive to Peradon and in my opinion is one of the most robust joint systems available.
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Derby 2 Piece Snooker Cue
- A brand new model for 2019 this cue is very much based on the retired Islington
- Matched grain ash cue with an ebony front splice set into sycamore and red veneers
- Very similar to the Classic model with just the change of decoration on the butt
- Only available as a 2 piece
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Sheffield 2 Piece Snooker Cue
- The second new model added to the range in 2019
- Sheffield is a name that is embedded in snooker with the world championships having been held at Sheffield's Crucible theatre since 1977
- The cue is ash with machine spliced ebony
- The cue is decorated with two orange and one black veneer that sit behind a kingwood front splice
- Already one of our office favourites
The Royal is the only hand spliced cue in the 2 piece range (unless you count the Lazer that is also hand spliced but uses ebonex). Solid ebony is hand spliced into an ash shaft to give the cue a real traditional look.
Peradon 3/4 Jointed Snooker Cues
I have operated Billiards Boutique for what will be 15 years this coming October and in that time I have seen a lot of changes in the cue world.
One of those changes is how popular 3/4 jointed cues have become. Now whether or not this is the real reason this is my personal opinion on the matter.
3/4 Jointed cues offer the best of both worlds, you generally have an uninterrupted piece of ash with a joint that is set across the butt material. The reason this is good is that the ash is what gives you the feel and the feedback when you contact the cue ball.
Players want convenience as well as playability, so by moving the joint further down more playability is kept in the shaft and at the same time the cue will fit into a slightly smaller case meaning it is easier to transport.
Peradon noticed this change in buying habits and the 3/4 range is now their most comprehensive.
Which Joint Position?
Peradon have two main joint positions in their cues, these are set at 12" and 16" from the butt end. They both offer something slightly different.
The 16" butt position pushes the weight and balance of the cue forward but they also tend to be slightly heavier cues. On the other hand the 12" butt joint tends to push the balance slightly back but it does product some slightly lighter cues.
This year Peradon have brought in three new cues to the range and you will of course find them detailed below along with all the other cues.
You have already seen this cue above in the 2 piece section, this one has a joint positioned at 12" from the base and due to the rosewood is available in slightly lighter weights than the ebony cues. Can be purchased with a matching rosewood mini butt if required.
One of only three cues available in every style, the ebonex does mean that like the Crown above some cues are available in lighter weights. This one is actually jointed at 14" from the base, so is a bit in between.
Always a favourite among our customers as it is the first foray into ebony in the 3/4 range. Four point design and a 12" butt position give this cue some weight, balance and actually some traditional character.
Always a top seller and I don't really need to say much more about this cue, apart from this one is jointed at 12" from the butt end.
There was a time when the Century was available in different joint positions, but alas, no longer, those times are only for reminiscing. Solely a 3/4 model now it is jointed at 12" from butt end and has a very nice rosewood inlay set inside two blue veneers. Another top seller.
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Clifton 3/4 Jointed Snooker Cue
- A new cue for 2019 the Clifton is jointed at 12" from the butt end
- Four point machine spliced ebony butt
- Quality ash shaft
- Rosewood front splice that sits in front of red, black and sycamore veneers
- Will, in my opinion, become a top seller this year
I will admit I was very surprised when Peradon didn't add another ebonex cue to the range this year. It means that still the Lazer and the Carlisle are the only cues to currently use this innovative material. The Carlisle is jointed at 14" from the base, just like the Lazer, but has a front splice of bubinga set in front of a sycamore veneer.
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Sheffield 3/4 Jointed Snooker Cue
- The Sheffield has a joint at 12" from the butt end
- Machine spliced ebony with a kingwood front splice
- Replaces the Peradon Ascot in the range which for some time was one of our top selling cues. I expect this to be the same
- The double orange and single thick black veneer really give this cue some class, it fits in well with the kingwood and ebony
Hand Spliced Range
Next up are what I would describe as the mid-range cues but instead of machine splicing every single one of these cues uses the hand spliced technique. This is a technique that was actually first developed by Peradon, so they should be experts by now!
Not sure if it's any kind of endorsement but I used to own one of these and I absolutely loved it. The only reason I got rid of it was because I essentially stopped playing and haven't even picked up a cue in a year.
Hand spliced from solid ebony and featuring the Royal name plate for what is a true classic of cue making. Jointed at 12" from butt end.
A hand spliced ebony butt with a kingwood front splice set in front of a sycamore veneer. Has always been a top seller I think mainly because it is the first hand spliced cue with a bit of a design on it.
This makes it appealing price wise. Jointed at 12" from the butt end.
Lots of players really like this cue because it has an understated design, plain ebony with ash, but unlike the Royal it is jointed further up at 16" from the base meaning that the balance is pushed slightly further forward. This is a Billiards Boutique top seller.
Jointed at 16" from the base means this cue carries a little bit more weight but also a balance point that is further forward. What this does is give the cue a really positive hit and feel when striking through the cue ball.
Ebony hand spliced butt that has a further ebony front splice and inlay set in front of single red veneers.
Again jointed at 16" from the base, this gives it a bit more weight and front loaded balance than its one piece counterpart. Hand spliced ebony is used again but this time with a zebrano front splice. That zebrano is beautiful, it could just be me but I love the grain!
Top End 3/4 Jointed Cues
We move onto the top of the range cues available from Peradon now where all cues are priced over £239 - you get the very best materials and also some stunning designs.
What pushes these cues into this price bracket is the additional work required to make them, the highest quality shafts available and in the case of the Newbury, some pretty clever technology.
Don't take my word for it, check them out for yourself!
Like the Joe Davis 600 the Walter Lindrum carries the image of the great man himself on the butt plate. Jointed at 12" from the base this ebony and ash cue has a front splice of bubinga set in front of a sycamore veneer. Traditionally weight stamped on the shaft but still available in medium or heavy.
This has for a long time been my favourite cue in the range and for many years was actually the top of the range cue. Recently though Peradon have been introducing cues above the King in terms of price. The quality always remains high and I personally find the olivewood absolutely awesome. Jointed at 16" from the base, however, the olivewood does mean that some slightly lighter weights are sometimes available. Billiards Boutique Top Seller.
I hope they never get retire this cue.
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Merlin
- Absolutely stunning hand spliced snooker cue with a four point ebony butt and a high quality as shaft
- Jointed at 16" from the base to give a very solid hit
- Thick inlay of beautiful red composite that has a reptile scale pattern
- Medium and heavy weight options available but medium weights will be rare due to the amount of ebony
- Soon to become a true Peradon great
You will have seen this as the top of the range one piece cue earlier in this article, jointed at 12" from the base it also has the image of Joe Davis himself on the butt plate. Weight stamped shaft gives this cue an authentic antique look when in fact it is made right now.
If you like ebony, and lots of ebony, then you need to get one of these cues. It uses a four point hand spliced design that then has four further lower splices and an ebony front splice, all of these are set in front of blue veneers. Jointed at 16" from the base means that medium weights are often very rare to get hold of.
I can't remember exactly which year this was introduced but it wasn't that long ago. The Knight is a 16" joint 3/4 cue with a solid ebony hand spliced butt.
What sets this cue apart from others in the range is the seriously intricate marquetry style design on the butt made up of small pieces of ash and ebony set inside an ash veneer.
A hand spliced ebony and ash cue that is jointed at 16" from the base. I have an affinity for the cues with secondary lower splices and this is no different, the Harlow uses thick veneers in black and sycamore set behind zebrano. A truly amazing looking cue that will also hit like a dream.
🌟 Brand New for 2019 Peradon Guildford
- Some real workmanship has gone into this cue, set into the ebony are four veneers.
- Most expensive cue added to the range in 2019
- Two of sycamore, one of ebony and a rosewood to compliment the ebony front splice
- Jointed at 16" from the base
- Available in medium and heavy but medium weights will be rare due to the joint position and amount of ebony
Although the Newbury is more expensive this is the absolute top of the range Peradon cue when it comes down to the use of ash.
The Winchester has at times a 6 month waiting list as Peradon will not compromise on the aesthetic quality of the ash used in this cue. The finest looking pieces are always reserved for use on the Winchester.
Hand spliced ebony jointed at 16" from the base is complimented by a front splice of true craftsmanship. the design is made with pieces of ash and rosewood to create the arrow pattern.
If you want one of these cues then please get in touch so we can get you on the waiting list.
Most expensive cue that Peradon produce, but that price is mainly down to the clever idea behind the cue shaft.
The shaft on this cue is laminated and made from flats of maple and walnut. This does two things.
One, when it is turned it creates very uniform chevrons running up the shaft that some players use as a sighting aid.
Two, the nature of the shaft makes it low deflection, meaning that less adjustment is needed when playing with side spin.
Jointed at 16" from the butt end with a lot of ebony means medium weights are very hard to come by, so if you want something a bit lighter please get in touch to see what we can do.
It's Finally Over!
That concludes my ultimate guide to Peradon snooker cues, if you have stuck with me until the end then I thank you.
If you fell asleep halfway through then I am so glad I could be of service, you obviously needed the sleep!
There is a lot of information contained in this article and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed compiling it.
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3465 words. Written by Pete Williams, June 2019.