Bob Manzino Box Cue

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General Cue Description-

The “box” cue has been one of cue making’s toughest looks to conquer. Many cue makers have attempted it and few have mastered the proportions, framing, and layout needed to make an aesthetically pleasing design. Where many cue makers have drawn the eye to the actual boxes, Manzino pulls the eye to the intricate inlay of silver/gold which frames the ivory boxes. Inside the ivory boxes are engraved patterns which reflect adjacent inlay patterns. Also engraved are decorative ivory trim rings at the joint, handle, and the butt. This masterpiece resides in the Tikkler collection.

Here’s what the experts think- they are limited to 500 characters!

Dick Abbott

Dick Abbott

Ivory and ebony and silver box cue, “been there done that” you say. Well, take a good close look at this fine example and you will realize Captain Bob has raised the bar of the genre. The fine silver and gold work is well executed in a very tasteful floral pattern. The engraved decorative rings are a nice addition. It is an interesting choice of design in the windows. Although there is a lot of work in the cue, it is neither overdone nor overbearing and the components complement one another. I vote monster.

Fred Agnir

Fred Agnir

What strikes me about this cue is that clearly there is an extraordinary amount of fine inlay work surrounding and highlighting the ivory, yet it never looks overdone or too busy. The matching scrim work inside the boxes succeeds in filling what would be glaring voids. Detailing the rings in the same manner ironically helps to lessen the solid white highlighting that might otherwise distract from the overall visual effect. Manzino is really showing his artistic vision by taking a now traditional look and taking it to another level. Monster cue all the way.

Deno J. Andrews

Deno Andrews

Tikkler (the owner of this cue) is to cue making as the Medici Family was to art in the Italian Renaissance. Manzino is producing some of the highest quality work in cue making today. This cue in my opinion is one of his master works. Every bit of inaly and engraving is perfectly proportioned, shaped, and executed. The inlay work is so well done I can’t stop looking at it. My only criticism is that I don’t think the engraving in the window is as intricate as the rest of the cue, but it’s a minor note. Incredible Monster.

Jimbo- Jim Brennan

JimBo

WOW! Bob Manzino has redefined the box cue. The design is beautifully unique in his own style the inlays are insanely intricate. Overlapping inlays with engraved rings and engraving in the boxes is a great new touch from Bob. It’s not easy to get the proportions right on a cue like this as we’ve seen in the past, but once again bob nails it. Of course my only knock is the use of ebony as I’d love to see this same exact cue done in a different wood. I can go on all day, but I only get 500 words. This is one of my top 2 box cues of all time and Bob made the other as well. Pure Monster!!!

Jim Stadum

Jim Stadum

Once again this is a very ornate precisely made Manzino that is executed perfectly. The overall design has a nice flow and the box inlays are proportionately correct. I am normally not a big fan of “box cues” but this cue is at whole different level than others that I have seen. The engraving adds the right amount of detail to the cue. Not too busy or gaudy, just right. The leather used on the joint protector is a very nice touch. Great job Bob. Monster! Monster!

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6 comments to Cue #40) Bob Manzino Box Cue

  • bobroberts

    Not normally a fan of black and white cues but Bob’s work on this is just top shelf.I do think he could of left of some of the engraving on the rings,other then that small critique this cue you want to keep looking at to see all the intricacies of his inlaid work.Bob’s boxed Brazilian rosewood cue is my favorite but this one is right there.Definitely Monster.

  • billyards

    Do we really have to vote on this one? Its MONSTER status is self evident. The microscopic inlay work must have resulted in massive eyestrain for the artist. I am not a huge fan of scrolly work, but this one is a beauty.

    My only design comment is that the scrim in the ivory windows could have been a little bolder and sweated over a bit more. The ivory windows would have been more interesting had they been shaped a litttle bit instead of being rectangular.

    Other than that, this is an outstanding Monster cue.

    Great work, Bob!

  • I am a fan of ebony and ivory cues, but have never been a fan of box cues…until this cue. Of course, this cue is not your average box cue. I really love the way he used gold and silver to highlight the boxes. I’m glad he didn’t make the cue too “busy”. IMHO, he made this cue perfectly balanced to really draw the attention to the box and surrounding inlays. MOOOOOONNNNSSTERRRR cue all the way.

  • M.A.T.

    Very ornate. I think what make this cue easy to look at is the balance of the design. The shapes are well placed, The scroll work is pretty and flows nicely. I also like the combination of the metal work…the subtle differences in color are very nice looking. Big Monster cue.

  • Having held and viewed quite a few box cues that I felt were great, this cues is by far one of the best if not the BEST. Bob the appeal of this cue is it has a perfect balance and the inlays fit in perfect proportion. This was the easiest MONSTER to date in my opinion!! Great work and fantastic results!

  • franko

    That may be a Monster that raises the bar for all other cues to be judged by. Simply put it is BEAUTIFUL.

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