Q: What does the name Joss mean?
A: Joss came from a book I was reading when I started Joss Cues. The book is Tai-Pan by James Clavell written in 1966.
On about page three it says, “Joss was a Chinese word that meant Luck and Fate and God and the Devil combined”
As I read the book I realized that a person is in charge of their “Joss” good or bad, Fate and Luck good or bad. It sounded like a perfect word for a pool player.
For those of you that like to read it’s a fun book and I would like to hear what you think of it.
Q: Are Joss Cues “Hand Made”
A: This is a tough one. We use an assortment of high precision machines and our hands to produce all of our cues. There are a great many man hours in every cue that is created here. Dan Janes and his son Stephen Janes make the Joss Cue. Dan Started Joss Cues in 1968 and Stephen came on board when he was 18 years old. Between the two of us we have over 73 years (in 2009) experience in creating cues by hand and machine.
Q: What makes one cue cost more than another?
A: Man-hours. The amount of time it takes to make a cue determines the major part of the cost. This is why fancy cues cost more than a plain cue. Materials are a factor but time is the big cost difference.
Q: Why do most of the Joss Cues have a steel joint?
A: We feel that the Stainless Steel joint is the best joint for a quality cue. Joss makes cues with ivory, wood, fiber, etc but in the end nothing is as durable as a steel joint. Order any cue you see on the Joss web site and we will make it with any joint that you ask for.
Q: Does Joss make custom cues?
A: Yes we make custom cues and will create one just for you.
If you have a question about the Joss Cue, either one you own or the one you want to order, e-mail or call me and I will do my best to help.