What were pool balls made of?
Billiard balls were originally made of stone but were eventually replaced with balls made of wood and clay due to the weight of the stone itself. These balls were used until the 1600’s when ivory billiard balls became popular.
What are the best pool balls made of?
Pool balls that are on the low end of the price range are typically made of acrylic and/or polyester while the better quality balls are made of phenolic resin. Balls made of phenolic resin last longer than balls made from any other material.
When did they stop making ivory pool balls?
Ivory balls were used up until the 1970’s with A.E. Schmidt manufacturing them until 1975.
How do I know if my pool balls are ivory?
On all the rest of the ball the lines will be wavy and harder to see. Another way to tell if it’s ivory is to heat up the tip of a pin and poke it on the ball. Ivory won’t melt and it won’t smell like plastic – it smells more like burnt hair. (If you’ve ever had a tooth drilled by a dentist you may remember the smell).
Do pool balls get old?
The average billiard balls wear out after about a year of use to a size that is no longer considered to meet specifications. The cue ball will degrade faster due to constantly being struck by cue tips. However, if your pool table isn’t subjected to much use, then your balls can last well over a year.
Are old pool balls worth anything?
They may not be worth much to anyone else. But your old balls may still have plenty of life in them. As long as you have taken care of them. As long as you keep them polished.
Why do pool balls turn yellow?
Pool balls made out of phenolic resin will turn yellow over time. This yellowing is caused by exposure to UV light, heat, and the air causes the phenolic resin to break down, which gives the ball an offwhite appearance.
How long do billiard balls last?
Depending on the quality of the balls being used, how often you play, and the environmental conditions they’re exposed to, billiard balls last between one to three years.
Are Aramith pool balls worth it?
Yes, the premium balls are absolutely worth it. You can ‘feel’ the ball density difference when you strike the cue ball. Playing with the same quality gear you would find in any decent pool hall only makes sense, and will make you a better player in amateur tournaments, etc. Aramith are the best set imo.
Why did billiard balls explode?
It was a side effect of no longer making them from ivory
There was a time when taking a perfect shot in a game of billiards could cause the ball to explode. That’s because the balls were made of celluloid, an early plastic that was, unfortunately, combustible.
How can you tell vintage pool balls?
There are a few other things which can you look for when trying to determine if a pool ball is really made of ivory.
Identifying Schreger Lines
- Uneven Coloration.
- Dark Gray or Black Veining.
- Yellow or Brownish Color Overall Instead of Pure White.
How do you clean ivory pool balls?
Use a professional-strength ball cleaner such as Aramith Billiard Ball Cleaner. Just apply the cleaner and wipe with a dry cloth until the yellow is gone and the ball is shining.
What is the most expensive pool cue in the world?
The Intimidator is the most expensive pool cue in the world and raises the bar to a whole new level of prestige. This sensational cue is a 3D piece of art that features four bladed wings that can rip a table to shreds. The focal point is a Genuine Italian Obsidian Gemstone Sphere at the base.
Can you clean pool balls in the dishwasher?
If you have a dishwasher, it can do wonders on your Aramith (resin-based) billiard balls. Use a normal strength detergent tab in your dishwasher for cleaning the balls. Any type of soap that is harsh, like those for serious stuck-on grease and pot stains, will be too rough on the balls and will damage the shiny finish.
How much are ivory pool balls worth?
They will be able to give the ball a thorough going over and may even people able to lend credibility if you have intentions of selling it. With ivory cue balls bringing in $200 and more, it might be worth it to have the matter settled once and for all with a professional’s seal of approval.