I have an '83 Joss cue that Danny made for me and I have broke tens of
thousands of eight ball and nine ball racks with it. The ferrules are
ivory. The shafts are still straight and the ferrule is in mint condition.
I don't hesitate to break with it (when I am using it) but in recent times I
have been using my Mark Moore cue and liking it quite well.
For ivory ferrules I think it is critical to replace your tip before it gets
completely worn down and when the tip is replaced, always have a pad put
under the tip.
Chalk marks do occasionally appear on my ferrule but they are wiped clean
with my sweaty fingers or covered by the powder I use.
> Ivory is very fragile. My stick has an ivory joint and I won't break with
> it. If I were you I would take it really easy on that ferrel, otherwise it
> won't last very long.
> >I just checked out my NEW ivory ferrule and it seems very soft. All the
> >Ivory I have seen, you can't get chalk marks in and it is very hard.
> >What gives?