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SPetty
12-01-2004, 02:37 PM
I was at the store looking at cue cases. I saw several cases that looked like Instroke cases, but the emblem said something like "Stroke Sports". So I asked if it was an Instroke knockoff.

I was told that it was the original Instroke made in Germany. When Instroke and John Collins/Barton split, John got rights to the name Instroke in the US, so the German-made Instrokes had to change their name in the US.

So, is it true that cases that say Instroke are made in Taiwan while Instroke cases made in Germany are called Stroke Sports?

I'm so confused.

Are they essentially the same case made by different people? Are the German made cases any better or less better than the Taiwan made cases?

TheChump
12-01-2004, 05:24 PM
Spetty, if you put both cases side by side, you will see that the leather of the German made Instroke is thicker than the Taiwan made case. The German made case should be slightly higher in price than the Taiwan made, altough some vendors will just hike up the price of the Taiwaneese made.

Another difference is the opening latches of the two cases. The are not alike. One is slightly rounder than the other (which is eliptical). You can only see the differences by putting them together or if you have a really good trained/keen eye for this subtle changes.