Cue Tip & Ferrule Technology

What makes Tiger tips better than the rest?

Why does every player improve their game dramatically after using Tiger tips?

Why is it the only tip that’s been Guinness World Book of Records, (most balls pocketed in 24 hours)?

Think of any table game you want, Pool, 3 Cushion, One Pocket, Snooker or even Trick Shots, and without a doubt, Tiger is always the best choice!

Why you ask? Well, let’s start with the 90 years of experience and knowledge between our master technicians, add modern technology, lots of research and development and you have yourself the best cue tips in the world. Yes, folks this is where truly Craftsmanship and Technology unite.

Since day one, we at Tiger have manufactured quality laminated cue tips in our factory in Burbank, CA. We run our company with the same values today as we did when we first opened our doors in 1988. We have a beautiful facility, lots of machinery, modern technology and just hands on handcrafting. We are the only manufacturer in USA that makes the laminated cue tips ourselves, unlike most others that just name the same tips made by the same manufacturers in China, ok maybe in different colors. We take every comment and suggestion seriously and we are not afraid to try new concepts to get the best results. We are constantly innovating and coming up with new methods to improve and make the best cue tips for our customers.

Here is how it starts.

A secret tanning formula created by our master craftsmen are combined with concepts that go back hundreds of years. Our selected leathers are tanned exclusively for Tiger. These leathers, are made with one thing in mind, CUE TIPS. We mainly use Boar, Pig and some Cow Leathers to make our laminated cue tips. Resistant to moisture, our tips hold chalk better and last longer. With our one of a kind VACULAM (vacuum lamination) process, our laminated cue tips are the strongest in the world, helping eliminate mushrooming while keeping our leather chemical free. Each layer is hand-picked by our factory technicians, who make sure that they are not only the best of the best in quality, but ensure that each layer has the same characteristics for added consistency.

Each of the finest layers are then collected and aged with Tiger’s own secret process. Advanced Pressurized Process (APP) is used for high end tips for added memory, which adds consistency for individual hardness when it’s new or time to replace the tip. It is a very slow and time consuming process, however the end result is unbelievable to say the least. During this process, we are able to soften the layers, while making the leather firmer. It makes the tip easy to maintain and helps to cut better during repairs. We were the first to introduce the Durometer tester in tip making, to show how consistent our tips are. All of our high end tips are tested individually for quality, cosmetics and hardness, before being packed in a box. We are the number one manufacturer of laminated cue tips in the world today. Most quality custom or production cues come standard with Tiger tips (Everest or Emerald).

Because of high demand and limited production, we have a hard time keeping stock. At times there might be a wait time to get your Tiger tips (1-2 months).

Ferrule Technology

Ferrule is as important part of the cue as the cue tips are. After many years of research for the perfect ferrule material it was obvious, if we wanted the best playing ferrule material on our cues, we needed to make our own. In 2005 after 3 years of experiments, lots of chemical mixing and all kinds of trials and errors a new material was created at Tiger.

Name; Saber-T ferrule.

Saber-T has many of the characteristics you can only get from an Ivory. A material that machines well, sands like wood, polishes well and does not get burn or get damaged by friction. It stays clean, does not swell or get scratched easily. All great qualities for a ferrule, but best part is the pure feel and feedback you get with every shot. We use custom made phenolic tendons to install our ferrules on all of our shafts. This perfect combination helps the shaft to give superior performance and makes our ferrule connection very strong with added pin point accuracy. All our high performance shafts use half inch long ferrules and low deflection shafts quarter inch. At a time when ferrules were over an inch long we were the pioneers of using shorter ferrule concept to add superior performance and better accuracy. Today most high performance or low deflection shafts use short ferrules.

We also offer the standard options for the industry, which is sold by our distributors who sell cue making parts and supplies to cue makers or repairman. Today many of the custom cue makers who only want the best for their cues, use our Saber-T ferrules exclusively. If you want the best for your cue, don’t just ask for ferrules, ask for Saber-T ferrules.