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Maker of pool cues from 1994 to present in Racine, Wisconsin.
Mike Kratochvill grew up in Glenview, Illinois, never playing pool until the age of 21. Before long, he became interested in pool leagues and was doing minor cue repairs for league friends by the mid-1970s. Although Mike worked as a full-time auto mechanic for many years, he was never satisfied with that field.
He eventually gave up on being a mechanic and started making Michael´s Custom Cues full time in 1994. Since then, Michael´s cues have undergone numerous improvements. Most of Mike´s cues have been easily identifiable by the "Michael´s" logo burned into the butt caps. All Michael´s cues are hand-made in Mike´s one-man shop. Mike makes everything, except the bumpers, tips, and screws, without the aid of CNC. All collars, ferrules, and butt caps are threaded on. Shafts are turned six to ten times over a period of at least three months, and all but the shafts with custom rings are interchangeable. In 1997, Michael changed his joint and butt cap material from high impact styrene to ABS. That same year he started using ivory for inlays.
Michael retired in 2000 and continues to make cues part time as a hobby.
Michael´s cues are guaranteed for one year against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse to the original owner. If you have a Michael´s cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Mike about ordering a new custom cue, contact Michael´s Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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