More Tip Density Madness

On June 21, 2010, in Pool Cue Tips, by Michael Feiman

As I mentioned in my previous post, in order to get an accurate reading for our pool cue tips, there must be consistency in the testing process.  Here are the parameters we used:

  • Standard Shore A Durometer
  • 1Kg (2.2 lbs) of pressure
  • Average of three tip measurements
  • 0-100mm scale

We’ve logged our results on our handy new ultimate pool cue tip guide, but in case you don’t feel like clicking the link, here’s what we’ve got so far.  Keep in mind that our results might vary from others.  These are specific to the Shore A Durometer, so if you test with a different Shore scale durometer (I believe there are 12 different Shore scales), you might see different results.

Tip Brand Tip Size Density Price
Elk Master 10-14mm 66.8 Click for Price
Kamui Black (Super Soft) 14mm 67.5 Click for Price
5280 Red Line (Tiger) 14mm 69.2 Click for Price
Kamui Black (Soft) 14mm 72.3 Click for Price
Moori (Soft) 14mm 72.8 Click for Price
Moori (Medium) 14mm 75.5 Click for Price
Tiger Everest 14mm 75.7 Click for Price
Tiger Emerald 14mm 76.0 Click for Price
Tiger Laminated (Soft) 14mm 76.7 Click for Price
Tiger Sniper 14mm 77.8 Click for Price
Kamui II (Soft) 14mm 78.1 Click for Price
Tiger Laminated (Medium) 14mm 78.2 Click for Price
Elite 11 Layer 14mm 78.3 Click for Price
Kamui Black (Medium) 14mm 78.7 Click for Price
Talisman Pro (Soft) 14mm 79.6 Click for Price
Great White 14mm 79.6 Click for Price
Tiger Dynamite 14mm 80.8 Click for Price
Tiger Laminated (Hard) 14mm 81.7 Click for Price
Talisman Water Buffalo (Medium) 14mm 82.0 Click for Price
Kamui II (Medium Soft) 14mm 82.2 Click for Price
Stingray 14mm 82.6 Click for Price
Talisman Water Buffalo (Hard) 14mm 83.2 Click for Price
Kamui II (Medium) 14mm 83.4 Click for Price
Talisman Pro (Medium) 14mm 83.5 Click for Price
Moori (Hard) 14mm 84.4 Click for Price
Talisman Pro (Hard) 14mm 84.4 Click for Price
Kamui Black (Hard) 14mm 84.8 Click for Price
Scorpion 14mm TBD Click for Price

WB Water Buffalo 13-14mm 88.2 Click for Price
Talisman Pro (Extra Hard) 14mm 88.7 Click for Price
Elk Master 10-14mm 66.8 Click for Price
Triangle 12-14mm 91.0 Click for Price
Triumph 14mm 92.0 Click for Price
Kamui II (Hard) 14mm 92.2 Click for Price
Samsara Jump Break 14mm 95.5 Click for Price
Le Pro 10-14mm 96.3 Click for Price
Tiger Jump 14mm Phenolic Click for Price
Mezz Ignot 14mm Phenolic Click for Price

Once we get the Scorpion tips back in stock, we’ll add them to the tip guide, along with any new tips that we’re planning on carrying (I know there are at least a few more brands that we should have for this fall).

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The Great Tip Density Experiment

On June 7, 2010, in Pool Cue Tips, by Michael Feiman

Today’s the day!  We just got our fancy new durometer in the mail, so let the cue tip testing begin!

durometer

What is a durometer you ask?  Simply put, a durometer is a tool that allows you to check the density or hardness of material.  For the purpose of these experiments, we’ll be using the Shore A chart, which is most common for softer materials and soft plastics, with a scale rating of 0-100.  To give you a point of comparison, here are some measurements for common household items:

Material Density
Rubber Band 25
Door Seal 55
Automotive Tire Tread 70
Soft Skateboard Wheel 75
Hard Skateboard Wheel 98

Because there will naturally be some variance in density from tip to tip (as not all leather, pig skin, etc. is uniform), we’ll be testing three tips and then taking the average of the three to get our final density measurement.  What makes it tricky is that there are 12 different Shore scales, so it is necessary to make sure you’re using the most appropriate scale for the material you’re measuring.  Based on everything I’ve read, Shore A seems to make the most sense.

I’m off to play mad scientist.  My buddy Steve Spangler would be proud.

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Tip Density… What Does It Mean?

On June 2, 2010, in Pool Cue Tips, by Michael Feiman

One of the most frustrating aspects of selling billiards equipment is the lack of clear information available.  Tips are a perfect example of this.  One of the more frequent questions we’ll get is asking about the difference between a soft, medium and hard tip.  There are some numbers floating around but these often create more questions than they answer.

For example, a Moori soft tip has a “density rating” of 63.8 whereas a Kamui medium tip rates at 74.2.  What isn’t clear is what is being used to measure the density.  So, we re going to see what we can do to take some of the mystery out of these ratings.

We’re in the process of ordering some equipment to help measure the density of all the tips that we sell.  In the meantime, feel free to check out our new cue tip guide (which we’ll be adding to and updating as we get more information).  The current guide includes density measurements that have been commonly reported, but over the coming weeks we’ll be updating this chart to show our own measurements.

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Those Crazy Kamui Tips

On May 28, 2009, in Pool Cue Tips, by Michael Feiman

Have you ever wondered where some of the crazy names for products come from?  Some of them I get, like the ShamWow (its a shammy, but somehow better), but we just got some new pool cue tips in that were a little baffling – Kamui tips.  Is it a real word or does it just sound cool?

To find out, I went to the least reliable of online sources, Wikipedia.  Apparently Kamui is derived from Kami, the Japanese word for spirit or spiritual essence in the Shinto religion.  So are they trying to say that the tips have some sort of spiritual essence in them?  Probably not, but they are pretty cool regardless (not to mention its fun to say Kamui).  At any rate, here are the details on Kamui tips:

The original Kamui II pool cue tips feature 10 layers of 100% genuine pigskin leather.  Each layer is carefully laminated creating uniform quality and performance and providing the player with a tip that grips chalk like no other.  Available in Soft, Medium Soft, Medium and Hard. 

Kamui II
Black
The new Kamui II Black tips use the same unique production process and the original Kamui II tips, giving the tip high porosity and exceptional chalk grip.  According to the company, the pigskin leather is tanned with a special moisture proof tannin, giving it the coveted black color without changing the tip’s porosity.   Available in Super Soft, Soft, Medium and Hard.

To show you that I’m not just repurposing an email I sent out this morning, I’ve got a little additional info about Kamui tips that wasn’t in the newsletter.

Kamui Tips Density (according to the manufacturer):
Soft: 69.9
Medium Soft:71.3
Medium:75.0
Hard:81.9

Now if Kamui tips aren’t your thing, keep in mind that we’ve got lots of other tips to choose from, ranging from the industry standard Le Pro and Triangle to the high end Tiger, Talisman and Moori tips.  Just check out our entire cue tips selection and choose the tip that works for you.

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