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the difference between hand spliced and machine spliced cues

as i mentioned earlier, determining the type of splice on your cue is a simple process, see examples below

hand spliced cues

hand spliced cues have rounded tips to the end of the fingers of the splices. the splice also curves from the base of the splice (towards the butt of the cue), all the way to the tip of the finger. the size, length and thickness of these splices vary by cues, which makes sense since each splice is individual having been made as the name suggest, by hand, rather than by automated process. see picture below:

hand spliced cues

machine spliced cues

machine spliced cues have straight pointed tips to the ends of the fingers of the splices. unlike the curved lines from the butt to the end of the fingers of the hand spliced cues, machine spliced cues have completely straight triangular fingers, see picture below:

machine spliced cues

from the 1970's onwards, another type of machine splice became the norm for mass produced cues. see the picture below, which happens to be my first ever cue! it's a 1988 vintage (lol), steve davis riley cue, that's seen better days but since i've owned this cue since i was 8 years old i think that's to be expected! note how the tips of the fingers are still pointed, and the lines of the fingers straight, but where the splices meet at the bottom of the fingers, there's not a small flat section in between each splice. as mentioned above, if your cue has this kind of splice, its unlikely it caries much age or sadly much value. see picture below:

modern machine spliced cue

butterfly spliced cues

butterfly splices are another form of machine splice but with only two splices, therefore having the appearance of butterfly wings! just to confuse you, because this type of cues is made from basically glueing a butt section to a shaft section then finishing.. the splices or wings of this kind of cue appear curved and look like two hand splices! as mentioned above, early butterfly spliced cues would be pointed of v shaped where the splices meet toward the butt of the cue. more modern cues usually have the flat section between the splices are per modern machine spliced cues. pic to follow: