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Maker of pool cues from 1968 to present in Huntington Beach, California.
Henry "Hank" Korsiak was born in 1920 in New York City. He grew up in Brooklyn and began playing billiards at the age of ten. Hank moved to California in 1953 and worked as an aerospace design engineer. He continued to play billiards, and after having to install a tip and ferrule on a house cue during a tournament in the late sixties, he started doing repair work. He became well-known for repairing broken cues in such a way that they played better than they did before.
By 1968, Hank made his first cue. The first cues he made are identifiable by a brass 5/16 in. joint screw which was in the shaft. Shortly after that he started putting the screw in the butt and, in 1972, he started using a stainless screw instead of brass. Early cues were styled with thick, large, bold designs, consisting of patterns created from geometric shapes. "Rose Blossom" cues, with large circular inlays surrounded by smaller dots, are among the rarest and most valuable Corsair cues.
Around 1970, Hank introduced the all-black phenolic cue. He is believed to be the first and only maker ever to design and produce cues entirely out of this material. This type of cue soon became very popular for Corsair and customers soon nicknamed it the "Black Beauty." Early Black Beauty cues were made of a wood-grained black phenolic that almost looked like ebony. This material was unavailable after 1984, when black phenolic with more of a granite look was used instead.
From 1976 to 1992, Hank´s three sons began making some cues. Each started in succession during this time. They made cues that were not as fancy as Hank´s and were responsible for only about two percent of the production for those years. These cues are internally marked as to who made them, and only Corsair Custom Cues can verify the maker.
In about 1980, a deeper-set, full-thickness bumper permanently replaced the thin-set, shallow-based bumper that had been used on all Corsair cues up to that point. Around that time, Hank also began to engrave "-CORSAIR-" in the butt caps.
Cues made in the sixties and seventies and most of the eighties were finished with a French polish. In the late eighties, Hank started using urethane coatings. In late December of 1992, after 24+ years of custom cuemaking, Hank passed away. It is estimated that he made approximately 6,000 cues during his lifetime, all of which have become collectible.
Today, Corsair Custom Cues is run by Hank´s son, Roger Korsiak. Roger makes and repairs cues with the same approach developed by his father, the majority of new cues being one-of-a-kind originals. Roger learned cue making from his father for thirteen years before he died. All work is done by hand, and no stains are used, so all woods display their natural colors. After Hank´s death, Roger began marking the cues "*CORSAIR*" to avoid any confusion among customers and collectors. He now makes between six and ten cues per year.
Letters of authenticity, appraisal, and identification of the original maker are available for collectors who own early Corsair cues. If you have a Corsair cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Roger about ordering a new Corsair cue, contact Corsair Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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