Just the right degree of cant is critical in a classic straight Billiard-family shape. This can range from only the subtlest amount, just enough to keep the shape from appearing too rigid and static, to a more aggressive as seen here. The caveat of course is that if you do go for a more dramatic cant, things need to be adjusted elsewhere to make it work; as in this case where the Ascortis lent the shank and boxwood mount a slight downward taper, along an angle that is followed through by the light push-style stem. The result is a Billiard that's a good deal more dynamic in its stance and lines, yet which still retains a natural balance in profile.
- Eric N. Squires