is our method for strength testing. Notice the strength meter.
1" 3 layers: 570#'s
1 1/4" Solid: 585#'s
1 1/8" Solid:
1 1/8" 2 layers:
1 1/16" octagon: 2 layers 591#'s (shown)
Laminated vs. Solid: The advantage of the laminated staves is that I am able to pick better stock of white hickory
with few defects. From there, when the wood is dried, the thinner stock
is easier to dry. It does not damage the wood cells as much. The thicker
solid wood requires greater time and heat to dry it out. So it has
more potential to damage the wood cells. In addition the laminated wood
cross grains the wood and the glue area. The helps reduce the chance of
warping and reduces the chance of a break along the grain.
Finish: The laminated staves are hand oiled with a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. You can do the same, or use tung oil for a more shiny look. Oil and sand with 220 grit or finer sand paper. The solid have a smooth polyurethane finish. That is the only finish available.
Round vs. Octagon. The laminated and octagon are both 2 layers and made from the same
impact grade hickory. The octagon shape feels good in your hand. Its
strong, but I'd not recommend using it for excessive contact training.
The edges are more likely to get damaged. Solo drills to moderate
contact is best. Or real world usage, because the octagon will likely
do more damage to an aggressor.
Custom Lengths: To request a custom
length, place an order for the next size up and in the order entry comment section tell us what length you would like that
staff to be cut down to. Please allow 1/4 tolerance. A
once per order $2.50 cut fee will be manually added to your invoice.
Engraving: We can do it. Usually about $5 each. Email me email@example.com