The Viking V-Crush Shaft. ~ Dakotah Schmidtknecht {Product Review}

Viking Cue Company started in the early sixties, and as they grew in popularity they moved to a new facility in Madison, Wisconsin.

At this location the company was really able to take roots and make high quality cues. In the early 2000’s, the company had to shut down for economic reasons. In 2011, a man by the name Mark Larson bought the company and reopened the doors in Middleton, Wisconsin. Under his new ownership, the company used the veteran team of craftsmen and new innovative people to start producing cues at the highest quality it had ever done.

The Viking V-Crush shaft is an amazing product that Viking has produced. This shaft is standard for all of Viking’s break and jump cues. The shaft comes in a standard length of 29 inches with a 13 millimeter phenolic tip, 15/16/18 quick release pin, a Viking black phenolic ferrule and a 12 to 14 inch pro taper. This shaft has custom options that you may also select when purchasing such as tip diameter of shaft length.

When I was given the task to review this shaft, I set out to test this shaft on a seven, eight and nine-foot tables as well as testing it against other break cues. I started by breaking with this shaft on my Viking XRZR on a seven-foot valley bar box table.

The first time I stroked the shaft and I felt the taper—wow! It was just perfect.

I could feel the power behind it, and in my first break I drained five balls: three stripes, two solids and had center table placement on the table. I quickly ran out after. In order to see if I could do any better, I did the same break with my Jester G-10 Assault break cue which I use as my standard breaker. I broke with it and I got similar results, which to me is a good thing because I look at the Jester as one of the highest quality break cues.