Elephant Ivory Tusk
Proposed ivory bans are in effect but we're still buying and selling based on USA law. The proposed bans have softened the market but feel free to buy and sell.
We have the funds to support the market and we are currently paying $40 up to $100 per pound and more for pre ban tusks 60lbs and larger. So, if you can't get that price or more, then don't waste your time with others and just deal with the source.
If you call or email us be ready to deal.
Be sure to read the 2011-2012 update on our phoney museum friends and recent illegal ivory raids in Ohio and Skokie! The Amish weasel and his Skokie cronies got nailed.
Genuine Pool Cue Ivory Ferrules, joints, butts and slabs are at the bottom of the page.
That's Joe Barringer above with two different sets of pre ban Elephant Ivory Tusks. Both pairs are well over 125 lbs! And, both pairs were well documented and harvested in the 1950's and 1960's. Whether you have one pre ban elephant ivory tusk or multiple elephant ivory tusks for sale; we're interested!
We are the leading market makers in pre-ban legal elephant ivory tusk material.
We Buy Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory Tusks
Please do not email us about your wonderful ivory jewelry as we know nothing about it. And we also don't want to buy ivory statues so no need to email us about those items as well. Now, please read on...
Please do not email us if the Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory Tusks you wish to sell are not in the USA. We only purchase Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory Tusks from within the USA. So, to break that down into simpler terms: if you are from Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Singapore, Japan or any place other than the USA, we cannot purchase your elephant ivory tusks. We're sorry but that's International law and USA law.
And, to all the tree huggers and elephant lovers out there: please read the law with regard to legal pre-ban elephant ivory here within the USA prior to calling or emailing us and giving us a piece of your mind. You may want to read this opinion about legal elephant ivory. Despite what you may think or what you would like to think, it is perfectly legal to purchase, sell and trade in legal pre-ban elephant ivory within the USA. That's Federal Law. This pre-ban ivory does not harm current elephant populations.
NOTE: Elephant Ivory Tusks and partials are never kept on our premises for obvious reasons.
That's a picture of Joe with two of his latest purchases (large left and inset photo). Quick story -- the sellers of these Elephant Tusks contacted our "museum" friends, you know, that "tusk conservatory" place - both were offered $40 per pound for these tusks which is outright thievery. We paid considerably more! As of this writing, our "friends" are now being a little more competitive but we're still the market leaders. If you have similar or smaller tusks for sale, we're strong buyers. If you need quality ivory for cues, knife or gun stocks, email us as we're here to deal.
We do not try to mislead you into thinking that your Elephant Ivory Tusks are being sold to a "museum" and that we are a Ivory tusk "conservatory". The truth is that these so called Amish area "museums" and "tusk conservatories" are in fact resellers of ivory tusk parts for knife makers, cue makers and other end users as well. They're no more a "conservatory" than you are an astronaut. They are outrightly misleading you.
Our "museum" friends recently removed their cut ivory parts listings from their web site to further confuse and mislead you into thinking they don't cut and sell ivory. The fact remains that they still offer ivory out to artisan's and they still have their sales pages active on their web site if you know the link. If you're thinking about selling ivory don't be misled into believing they're such places as "tusk conservatories" when in fact they cut the ivory and profit from ivory sales just as we do.
Call them first for their offer then call us and watch how much more we offer. They're looking to steal your valuable ivory tusks and we're looking to pay a fair and reasonable price always backed-up by a fast cash offer.
We're always in the market to buy elephant ivory tusks. If you're a serious seller, then we're a serious buyer. We pay anywhere from $10 to $150 per pound for full ivory tusks and ivory tusk sections! We are the leading market makers in pre-ban legal elephant ivory tusks. The larger and higher quality your tusk(s), the higher our pricing. The smaller and more damaged they are, the lower the price. Pretty simple huh! And yes, there are instances where tusks are only worth $10 to $30 per pound - fire and major cracks are the culprits.
Before you get all excited about us paying $150 per pound and thinking that your tusk is worth that much per pound there are requirements to receive this price. Tusks must be crack free, over 4" in diameter and no hollow section. If your tusk is cracked with one or two cracks, then the price is lower. If your tusk has multiple cracks, then the price is lower still. It's all about quality; the higher the quality, the higher the price. Smaller tusk sections that are around 2.5" in diameter are less desirable than 4" and greater tusks. Yes, we buy them as well but not at $150 per pound.
Before you email us about your ivory tusk that is for sale, please check around and get your best offer then email us with your photo's, weight and price. If it all makes sense, we'll make arrangements for the purchase. If you want an appraisal, the charge is $225. We do not make offers nor provide free appraisals. We're serious buyers and are looking to buy. When you're serious about selling, contact us last. Purchases to any amount is always available. We endeavor to purchases large paired ivory tusk sections that weigh over 35lbs each. Of course, smaller purchases are always welcomed.
All our ferrules, joints, butts and slab offerings are toward the bottom of this page.
NEW LOWER PRICES!!
Our competitor has finally lowered their prices to compete with us. Well, I guess we'll just have to lower our prices even more. Check out our new lower prices at the bottom of this page. And remember.... we will not be undersold when it comes to selling ivory! Thank you.
All our elephant ivory is guaranteed pre-ban, legal, well documented and sold in its natural form and color -- never altered. It is purchased from our sources here within the United States; estates, other reputable dealers and auction. We offer the highest quality, white Elephant Ivory for sale through our services.
Our ivory is for sale only to individuals in the United States (NO exceptions).
We select the finest ivory tusks; cut them to size and turn them all ourselves to maintain our high quality standards.
Ample supplies are on hand. Delivery is usually immediate with some exceptions such as larger or custom orders.
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To Our Cue Builder Friends: Our prices are fair as we do not gouge the marketplace. For years, there have only been a couple of sources for quality and legal elephant Ivory for the cue builder. We've noticed price gouging by certain museum type firms who take advantage of our industry by pricing their cue Ivory high. They also lead you to believe that they are the finest source by stating terms like: only 1 in 5 tusks can produce cue ivory. Well, perhaps 1 in 5 of their tusks can be used as cue ivory because they purchase various grades for different applications. However, when you only purchase the highest quality as we do (which is soley used for cue ivory), there is no need for statements such as this. Believe what you wish but these museum type firms have been gouging for years and need to justify their extremely high prices. There is no reason for cue ivory to be as highly priced as these firms retail it.
Please continue to read this section as you will find it enlightening especially about our whiteness section below.
Cue Component Ferrules: Also, we only use the the outer portion of a tusk section for our ferrules. Now, you ask why. Well, the fact is that the outer portion produces better ivory for ferrules. We've learned this from many years of experience with using ivory. Other museum type firms will state that it's makes no difference. Don't believe it. The reason they say it makes no difference is because they use their outer edges more efficiently and their return on their investment is much greater by selling the outer edges as knife handle material. If we were to do that, we would reap a larger return on our investment as well. Our first loyalty is to cues; all else comes in second. Other firms want to sell their ivory as effectively as possible and not sell the best portions for specific applications. Remember, they do not build cues. Do they even play pool? Have they ever installed a ferrule? We are professionals within the industry; we know cue ivory and how to effectively use each piece to achieve maximum quality for cue ivory, first and foremost.
The Kenya Ivory Myth: This is probably the most laughable thing we've ever heard in recent times. One ivory seller in particular (yes, that same museum type firm) states that he sells only the finest Kenyan Ivory available. He further states that this is best for cue ivory. Well, if we were dealing with plants, we could agree. However, Ivory is not grown and the land where the elephant roams is immaterial to the quality of the ivory. Elephants are living and roaming creatures. They roam from place to place.
Let us show you how truly ridiculous this statement really is. Let's say we have a baby elephant born in Kenya (from pure bred Kenyan elephant parents) and he/she roams out of Kenya to Tanzania. Does it now become Tanzanian ivory which is not as good as Kenyan? Now suppose, that offspring Kenyan elephant was female and mated in Tanzania but her mate migrated from Zambia. What would you then have? Ok, let's look the other way. Now, suppose those two elephants mated and had their offspring in Tanzania but then migrated back to Kenya. What kind of ivory would that be? Let's go one step further. Suppose their offspring mated with other Kenyan elephants; would that contaminate additional Kenyan elephants and therefore the ivory? How would you know if you have pure Kenyan elephant ivory tusks?
Now, let's suppose that a group of elephants migrated from Mozambique to Kenya. Would that be Kenyan ivory or Mozambique ivory? Suppose, the elephants who migrated to Kenya (from Mozambique) mated with the Tanzania elephant who's father was from Zambia. What kind of ivory would that produce? Would you then have to inquire with the elephant census bureau? We realize that elephants are intelligent creatures but we highly doubt that records were kept. While we did have fun writing all this we do hope that you see how ludicrous this statement can be. Ivory is from elephants which are roaming creatures. Quality ivory whether it's from an elephant living in Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya or the San Diego County Zoo is still quality. Now, if we were talking tobacco; then Cuba has the best where soil and climate play an important role. Ivory is not grown as is tobacco. We do hope you had a chuckle reading this and that you now see how ridiculous the Kenyan Ivory myth really is and how bull-dozed we can all become by unscrupulous ivory sellers.
As a result of many disenchanted cue builders, we have been asked by many to offer them our ivory as they want an alternative source. As such, we felt that there is a need for competition. We saw that need and are now producing cue Ivory in quantity with exceptional quality. Our prices are the lowest available. We buy the finest tusks and cut them right here in our shop. Our overhead is low and we do not have to support a museum nor do we have a large labor expense. We can afford to pass the savings on to you -- our fellow cue builders. And yes, we use the very same ivory that we are selling -- only the best for you and us.
Additionally, some Ivory sellers would lead you to believe that they select only certain tusk sections for sale to cue builders. They want to make you feel special when the fact is that they have been gouging and taking advantage of us for years. We pay a little more from our sources but only select the very best so we only have the very best to sell. We don't have to select anything special for you as we only have the very best in stock. And remember, we use the very same Ivory that we are selling to you.
The finest cue Ivory cut to size from a fellow cue builder. Why support anyone else? We supply the same Ivory that they supply but we supply it naturally and for less. Why? We don't need to gouge you. And, this is not our main business... so we don't need to generate the high profit margins that other museum type vendors need to generate. Give us a try and help lower the cost of cue Ivory. We want to drive the price down to where it should be.
Cue Stock Whiteness: Is the ivory you are and have been purchasing been bleached? Probably so! We have ordered cue stock ivory from other firms and one in particular (guess which firm). It is our professional opinion that their ivory has been bleached. Ivory is ivory in color. The word ivory denotes off white color. Ivory has always been to varying degrees - off white. Ivory is never sno-white. It is always off white.
Ok, so what's the big deal about bleaching? Well, bleach (actually a peroxide mixture) no matter how you neutralize it will continue bleaching for years into the future. Bleach breaks down the structure of ivory. It makes the cue stock (with time) brittle and causes it to disentegrate and crack.
Some ivory vendors bleach their ivory. So, why would anyone want bleached ivory? The answer is because that's what the market wants. These sellers of ivory don't care about your customers and the life of your cues. They only care about who has the whitest ivory regardless of the future effects. The only way to achieve white ivory ferrules, joints and butt caps is to bleach ivory. The cue industry demands white ivory and certain firms deliver and fill that demand regardless of the after effects. Afterall, they don't have to deal with your customers or cues.
And, in conclusion we are all using pre-ban elephant ivory for two reason. First and foremost because that is what is available in an effort to preserve the elephant population. And, secondly to insure a very dry product. Well, why in the world would anyone want to place ivory into a bleach (mixture of bleach or peroxide and water) solution? It simply does not make much sense to us.
Take The Cue Components Bleach Test: Want to see for yourself what bleaching (or peroxide) does to ivory? Here's a simple little test. Take some ivory scrap and put it in a cup of Clorox bleach (or 3% peroxide solution). Let it sit there until it is white enough for you or until it matches your 'white' ivory purchases. The time depends on the size of the stock. Let it dry and let us know what you have when you're done. Sure it looks whiter but how is it in texture? It will take a few days to dry out thoroughly. Then let us know how it is after it dries. This is a crude test but it achieves the same results. What you're doing is softening up the ivory and by drying, you are letting it harden again. Not very good for cue stock.
At Cue Components -- we do not, we have never, nor will we ever bleach our ivory. We purchase the finest natural ivory available. The beauty of ivory is the grain and natural ivory color. If you demand 'white' to satisfy the demand of an uneducated customer; please look elsewhere as ivory is never naturally sno-white.
We Will Not Be Undersold! Get your best price from everyone else and call us last with that price when you are ready to buy. If you are interested in buying quantities of anything offered, please email us as we can cut you a super nice deal. No gouging here; just fair and competitive prices.
We can supply ivory in any size you require. Long slabs for points; any thickness/width; square turning blocks; knife handle; gun grip stock and slabs for scrimshaw. Email us with your requirements for our best price. Remember, shop us last!
Please Note: All pre-ban elephant ivory must be sold to U.S. customers only - no exceptions . It is illegal to transport to a foreign country.
Shipping Liability: Our liability ends once an ivory order is picked up by UPS. We endeavor to ship the finest ivory. All purchases are the responsibility of the buyer. Each ivory piece is cut from the best ivory tusks obtainable. We then turn each piece round and seal every ferrule, joint and butt cap individually. Each ivory component is then checked again when your order is being packed by two shippers for being sound prior to shipping. We are not responsible for cracks which may occur (rarely) during shipping or once they reach your location. Our results are excellent in providing quality material but we will not replace any cracked parts due to climatic changes.
If you require ivory for pens, knives, guns, ivory scrap, ivory bark slabs, instrument ivory, Mammoth Ivory or ivory for anything other than for billiard cues, please visit Elephant Ivory Tusks as they have everything for the artisan.
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Remember, our clients are accustomed to our products and stay loyal because they realize that the competition does not have the very same quality. The competition has what appears to be the very same quality.
What is an Affidavit of Origin and is it necessary?
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The Real Truth About Elephant Ivory
As many of you know, we are without question, the largest supplier of pre ban ivory parts for cue makers. Others try to imitate us and make boastful claims but the truth is, we sell the most. A dealer in ivory products recently wrote a long diatribe of self serving means because, desperate people do desperate things. He’s using fear mongering tactics to muster up business. We’ll put this into very simple terms and show you what a knucklehead the other dealer truly is.
As cue makers we all know the law about pre ban elephant ivory. Bottom-line ‘ if you make cues or for that matter anything using our legal pre ban elephant ivory, you cannot ship it out of the USA; period. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. And to protect yourself, keep records of the purchaser of every cue you sell. In the unlikely event your cue containing ivory makes its way out of the USA, you can document that you did indeed sell it in the USA and subsequent owners shipped it illegally. Simple enough, right. There is no need to complicate this.
Many of you have read our ‘Kenya Ivory Myth’. Well, he’s doing it again but this time with a worthless document which he calls an ‘Affidavit of Origin’. This is a worthless endeavor and proves nothing more than the original bill of sale. We maintain impeccable records of the provenance of each and every pre-ban tusk we purchase. That’s all anyone buying ivory from us needs to know. Now, I’ll show you why his ‘Affidavit of Origin’ is so ridiculous.
Let’s say you get an affidavit for ferrule’s which we’ll call A thru E. You put ferrule A on Charlie’s cue who needed a replacement ferrule. Ferrules B & C go on Jim’s new cue. You have ferrule E remaining but you need more so you order them and get Ferrules F thru J. So, you add ferrule’s E & F to Mike’s new cue and you have two Affidavit of Origin for ferrules on Mike’s cue. Three years later, Mike comes back and needs a new ferrule. Hmmm’ which ferrule are you replacing and from which batch? Do you know? Could you know? Why should you know? How about if Mike comes back to you but he broke one shaft and another cue maker made the shaft and supplied the ferrule? What do you do there? Does the cue now require 3 Affidavits of Origin? C’mon! Suppose you have ferrules from one affidavit, joint’s from another affidavit and a butt cap from another affidavit? Suppose you run out of ferrules and buy more? Let’s add to this stupidity and suppose you build a cue that has inlays from another purchase with a different affidavit! The potential cue has 4 or perhaps 5 affidavits! When does the insanity and stupidity of these ‘affidavits’ stop!?
Further insanity and horse manure states that he developed documentation ‘in cooperation’ with FWS. I’d like to see the ‘documentation’ authorizing or approving his system that FWS cooperated on. Who at FWS cooperated with him? FWS doesn't make policy, they enforce policy so it's highly doubtful that he worked with FWS to produce something that is not required. Was there really anyone at FWS or is all of this a figment of his imagination? This is all nonsense and nothing more that fear mongering and showing his self importance but we all know he is a pompous (fill in the blank).
And, now for his best statement proving with his own words how truly ludicrous his "Affidavit of Origin" really is. He specifically states that he does not supply his affidavit ("unless requested") because it is ‘not required by law’. So basically he’s supplying toilet paper to boast his credentials for his own enlightened self interest. Nuff said!
All our ivory is well documented otherwise we don’t buy it and we’ve passed on many tusks which do not meet our qualifications. We’ve worked closely with Fish and Wildlife (FWS), U.S. Customs (Homeland Security) and local authorities with regard to investigations. And yes, just like our friend, we’ve supplied information that lead to an arrest and conviction.
If ever anyone is questioned, we cannot stress it enough to be honest and forthright with your answers. They already know the answers when they ask the questions. The government agents are hard working people who do a noble and difficult job. They don’t need anyone making it more difficult.
If you purchase ivory from us and in the highly unlikely event be questioned as to the authenticity or legality of your purchase, all you need to do is refer them to us. We have all the documentation that anyone needs to see to support your purchase.
In conclusion, we’ve enjoyed working with many of you in the creation of wonderful cues, many of which are in prized collections. We thank you and look forward to many years of service. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call.
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