Cold Steel 91PBSZ Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick - 37" Overall Length
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Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick
The Blackthorn bush is found throughout Ireland and the British Isles. It has been prized for centuries as a material
for premium walking sticks. The original Blackthorn sticks were 2 to 4 foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of
rural Ireland). In expert hands the shillelagh was so fearsome that during the final occupation of Ireland, the English
outlawed it. To get around the law, the Irish turned the shillelagh into a 3-foot walking stick. The English didn't want to
appear unreasonable by outlawing walking sticks too, so the Irish kept their modified shillelaghs and the world gained a
beautiful and functional walking stick known simply as the Blackthorn.
Cold Steel made the effort to obtain and sell authentic Blackthorn sticks over fifteen years ago, but the venture
turned out to be disappointing, and not because the sticks didn’t sell well. It was because Blackthorn is difficult to come
by and, since it's grown and not manufactured, it is somewhat inconsistent in quality. Cold Steel's recent forays into
injected molded polypropylene products has yielded some impressive results and now we have produced a new polypropylene
Blackthorn that has all of the advantages of real Blackthorn and none of its pitfalls.
This Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick was inspired by an authentic Blackthorn from Cold Steel President, Lynn C.
Thompson's private collection. It was copied carefully, and then artfully modified to a point where it not only mimics
nature, but actually rivals and supersedes anything the natural world could produce! If nature had fashioned the most
perfect Blackthorn stick, and you were lucky enough to come by it, our Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick is what it would
look like. It's a superb faux Blackthorn stick, and since it's injection molded from polypropylene, it will never warp,
crack, swell up, or splinter and is easy to maintain with a little soap and water.
Ground shipments only. US shipments only.
Length Overall: 37"
Diameter of Head: 2 3/4"
Diameter at Neck: 1 3/8"
Diameter at Base: 1"
Weight: 28.2 oz.
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Good, Solid Walking Stick
(Palm Beach County, FL)
10/18/2011 12:09 PM
Ordered two of these for evening walks. Up close, they do not look like real wood, but from a distance or in dim light, it is very hard to tell they are not real wood. They are solid and could definitely be used for SD. The only downsides are that the bottom is a bit slick, so if you really need the support of the stick for walking, perhaps a rubber can cap would correct this. Also, for a walking stick, if needed as support, it should be a little longer for anyone over 5'5" or so. Overall, a good product, and it is at least half the price of a real Irish Blackthorn and requires much less maintenance and care.