Viking cues are made differently than most other manufacturers' cues. They rarely ever use metal or steel dowel pins to hold the wood pieces of a butt together. Instead, they utilize a more reliable, natural way of constructing the butts of their cues by finger-jointing the wood pieces of a butt together. They season (condition) their wood over an extended period of time to ensure straightness. Viking is likely to have a cue that matches your personality and budget.