I do not buy many pre-made sticks; on occasion when they are unique or I want something to use as a pattern I'll make the buy! Two sticks caught my attention awhile back: The Cold Steel Dragon Walking Stick and the Cold Steel Irish Blackthorn Cane (replica of the Irish Shillelagh). First, I know that the stick purest is not going to like the polypropylene that the sticks are made out of -- but they are tuff and rugged! Both sticks will hold up under extreme conditions and not show excessive wear. They do not succumb to the things that wood would fall prey to. The Dragon walking stick is refered to as a "Walking Stick" -- however, I found it not long enough to fit right for a hiking type stick and too long to fit right for a cane. If you want to use it as a cane, you will most likely have to cut it down some (unless you are over 6' tall). Over all, the Dragon stick is very unique and very detailed -- I enjoy it! The Irish blackthorn stick is just about the right size for a cane -- and mimics nicely the Irish Shillelagh fighting stick. For me it fits nicely in the hand, however, some think that the handle is to large to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. My plan is to use the Irish stick as a pattern to make my own. Neither stick comes with a rubber tip. And I have found that you can buy it cheeper on Ebay than going to the Cold Steel company direct.
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