When I found out that OB had finally come out with their new brand of chalk, I jumped at the chance to try it and review it. In order to do my review objectively (as people who know me know that I love and prefer Kamui .98 and 1.21 chalk), I compared it to a series of other chalks excluding Kamui. The other chalks I performed my tests with were…
Blue Diamond Chalk
Predator 1080 Chalk
Outsville “Blue Mako” Chalk
Also, other equipment used in my testing were…
Cue: Predator SP6GLW
Shaft: Predator “S-Tuned” Z3 and Lucasi “Q-Slim”
Tip: Kamui Black “Super Soft” and Cyborg “Quick”
Cue Ball: Aramith “Pro Cup” (Measle) and Cyclop “Red Dot”
Cloth: Simonis 860
Cushions: Championship Tournament “Super Speed”
Table: Vintage 1950’s “Victor 9”
Environment: 71 Degrees with 32% Humidity
The main test I did was for what chalk was intended for…Adherence and Grip.
When applying the OB Chalk, I noticed that it went on much smoother than “non-premium” chalks. It was also lighter in color (blue) than most others. It coated the tip easily and evenly. Using one tip of spin, I noticed that it adhered nicely to the tip and gripped the cue ball well, with very little chalk transference to the Pro-Cup and Red Dot cue balls. With using two tips of spin, I noticed that it didn’t adhere as long, naturally. This, obviously, was the same result for all chalks mentioned. After a series of spin shots, I noticed a small “glazing” effect that required reapplication. During this time, I was making notes as to exactly how many spin shots I could manage (using two tips of spin at medium speed) without having to re-chalk before miscue. After testing each chalk, I used my Gator Grip to scuff the tips so each chalk could have a freshly scuffed tip to adhere to. Here are my results, (in order).
Outsville “Blue Mako” – 11 Shots
Blue Diamond – 11 Shots
Predator 1080 – 10 Shots
Magic – 9 Shots
OB – 7 Shots
Balabushka – 6 Shots
Master – 4 Shots
Of course, there is always room for error as I’m a “human being”. The only true way to accurately perform this test is to have a robot perform it…with exact speeds…exact strokes…exact tip elasticity…etc. However, to the best of my ability, I was as accurate as possible using two tips of medium speed spin. I’m sure on a different day (different temperatures/humidity levels) results will vary.
Outsville “Blue Mako” – B+
Blue Diamond – B+
Predator 1080 – B
OB – B
Magic – B-
Balabushka – C+
Master – C
OB Chalk is a very good basic chalk. I gave OB an overall grade of “B” because I believe it’s lighter color will be a welcome improvement over other chalks for pool rooms that have Tournament Blue cloth. However with that being said, it’s not “reinventing the wheel” by any means. It is, however, a good quality chalk. Well done, OB.