How hard are some tip brands relative to others?

See tip hardness effects for background information.

Here is a very thorough chart of tip types and hardness values for a wide assortment of brands (from jschelin99 on AZB).

Here is a summary of some durometer hardness test results from FLYINGSNAIL on AZB.

All hardness numbers reported are on the Shore D durometer scale.

SAMSARA JUMP – 86.0
BLACK DIAMOND – 81.0
SUPERPRO – 81.0
WB USA – 77.0
BLUE ELF – 76.0
LePRO – 74.5
TALISMAN – (M) 70.5
TAD – (M) 75.0
TRIANGLE – 73.5
BLUE MILK DUDS – 73.0-74.0
KAMUI – (H. BROWN) 73.5; (M. BROWN) 71.0; (S. BROWN) 62.5; (H. BLACK) 73.5; (M. BLACK) 72.5; (S. BLACK) 62.0
MORRI – (1ST GEN. WITH “S” ONLY) 62.0; (2ND GEN. SOFT) 71.0; (OLD MEDIUM) 77.0; (M III) 75.0
TRIUMPH – 70.0
BLACK KING – (S) 65.5 (M) 67.5 (H) 70.5
TIGER SNIPER – 67.0
BAMMA – 66.0
OLD ELK MASTER ORIGINAL – 65.0

and here’s a buying guide (with some useful info) available from PoolDawg, including a large set of hardness data for most-commonly-used tips.

See the cue tip hardness effects page for info on how to select the right tip for your game.


from gerryf (in AZB post and AZB post)

Tip NameHardness RatingHardness
5280 Red LineSoft67
5th AvenueSoft73
Apus 3Soft71
Aramith (H)Soft71
Aramith (M)Soft69
Aramith (S)Soft67
Black Jack (H)Hard81
Black Jack (MS)Super Soft61
Blue KnightSuper Soft59
Brunswick Blue DiamondSuper Soft59
DiamondbackSoft71
DudleySoft72
EliteNormal76
Elk MasterSuper Soft58
Flying PigNormal75
G10Very Hard97
Great WhiteNormal78
Hirano (H)Very Hard89
Hirano (M)Hard83
Hirano (S)Soft73
Kamui (H)Hard80
Kamui (M)Soft73
Kamui (MS)Soft69
Kamui (S)Soft68
Kamui Black (HHard83
Kamui Black (M)Normal76
Kamui Black (S)Soft70
Kamui Black (SS)Soft66
Le ProfessionelNormal76
Mezz IgnotVery Hard97
Molavia (H)Hard79
Molavia (M)Soft72
Molavia (S)Soft65
Moori (H)Hard81
Moori (M)Soft72
Moori (S)Super Soft62
PhenolicVery Hard97
Porper MajesticNormal75
Porper Ram (H)Normal76
Porper Ram (MSoft70
Porper Ram (S)Super Soft62
Porper Water BuffaloNormal76
Porper Wild BoarNormal75
RocketSuper Soft61
Royal OakSoft64
Samsara Jump/BreakVery Hard97
SarinSoft73
Silver KingSuper Soft58
StingrayNormal76
Stratos (HHard79
Stratos (M)Normal74
Stratos (S)Soft64
Stratos (XH)Very Hard85
Sumo (H)Hard80
Sumo (MNormal75
Super Pro TipsSoft72
Talisman Jump/BreakVery Hard97
Talisman Pro (HHard79
Talisman Pro (M)Soft72
Talisman Pro (S)Super Soft62
Talisman Pro (XH)Very Hard84
Talisman WB (H)Hard81
Talisman WB (M)Soft72
Tiger DynamiteHard79
Tiger EmeraldNormal76
Tiger EverestSoft73
Tiger IcebreakerVery Hard97
Tiger Jump/BreakVery Hard97
Tiger LaminatedSoft65
Tiger Laminated (H)Hard81
Tiger Laminated (M)Soft72
Tiger OnyxSoft72
Tiger SniperNormal76
TriangleHard79
TriumphNormal74
Tsunami (H)Hard80
Tsunami (MNormal74
WBHard79
WenglerVery Hard97
White DiamondVery Hard88
Wizard (H)Normal78
Wizard (M)Normal74
Tip BrandTip SizeHardness
5280 Red Line (Tiger)14mm69.2
Aramith Laminated (Medium)14mm75.8
Aramith Laminated (Soft)14mm72.6
Aramith Laminated (Hard)14mm86.6
Black Heart (Hard)14mm88.2
Black Heart (Medium)14mm76.6
Black Heart (Soft)14mm68.7
Blue Elf (Hard)14mm90.4
Da Vinci (Hard)14mm81.9
Da Vinci (Medium)14mm73.6
Da Vinci (Soft)14mm68.7
Elk Master10-14mm66.8
Flying Pig (Medium)14mm75.5
Fuji (Hard)14mm83.8
Fuji (Medium)14mm78.5
Fuji (Soft)14mm74.2
G2 (Medium)14mm80.1
G2 (Soft)14mm74.8
G2 (Hard)14mm85.5
Great White14mm79.6
Hirano (Hard)14mm90.6
Hirano (Medium)14mm84.8
Hirano (Soft)14mm75.2
Kamui (Super Soft)14mm69.2
Kamui Black (Hard)14mm84.8
Kamui Black (Medium)14mm78.7
Kamui Black (Soft)14mm72.3
Kamui Black (Super Soft)14mm67.5
Kamui II (Hard)14mm92.2
Kamui II (Medium Soft)14mm82.2
Kamui II (Medium)14mm83.4
Kamui II (Soft)14mm78.1
Le Pro*10-14mm88.2
Moori (Hard)14mm84.4
Moori (Medium)14mm75.5
Moori (Soft)14mm72.8
Morakami (Hard)14mm87.5
Morakami (Medium)14mm81.3
Morakami (Soft)14mm74.3
Morakami (Super Soft)14mm72
Predator Victory (Hard)14mm84.3
Predator Victory (Medium)14mm79.8
Predator Victory (Soft)14mm75.3
Samsara Jump Break14mm95.5
Scorpion14mm86.8
Talisman Pro (Extra Hard)14mm88.7
Talisman Pro (Hard)14mm84.4
Talisman Pro (Medium)14mm83.5
Talisman Pro (Soft)14mm79.6
Talisman Water Buffalo (Hard)14mm83.2
Talisman Water Buffalo (Medium)14mm82
Tiger Dynamite14mm80.8
Tiger Emerald14mm76
Tiger Everest14mm75.7
Tiger Laminated (Hard)14mm81.7
Tiger Laminated (Medium)14mm78.2
Tiger Laminated (Soft)14mm76.7
Tiger Onyx14mm76.4
Tiger Sniper14mm77.8
Triangle12-14mm91
Triumph14mm92
Tweeten Virgin12.5mm83.3
WB Water Buffalo13-14mm88.2
Zan (Hard)14mm87.4
Zan (Medium)14mm77.8
Zan (Soft)14mm66.3