Onyx - LTD® laminated cue tips are made with the same bore skins as our Sniper tips. Each of the best layers is then collected and aged using Tigers' own secret process, with each layer turning black without using a black dye. It's a very slow and time-consuming process, but the end result is incredible to say the least. During this process, we are able to soften the layers to medium hardness, while making the leather firmer. It makes the tip easy to maintain and helps cut better during repairs. Onyx - LTD® is by far the most consistent tips. It is only produced in a limited number per year. The purpose of the third red color layer from the bottom is to alert you when it is time to replace the tip and make the Onyx-Ltd® tip cosmetically different from any other black color tip. This is to help you identify that genuine Onyx tip will be installed by your local installer. For those who want the best, Onyx-LTD® is your choice because it is pure and perfect.