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Short Staff - Octagon 1-1/4" x 60" (5ft), Hickory
Short Staff - Octagon 1-1/4" x 60" (5ft), Hickory

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This series of staves are made with 2 layers of impact grade hickory laminated together to form a strong, straight and defect free staff. This is the best wood possible for martial arts use. The hickory is strong, yet it is flexible to not be brittle when struck against other equipment. We hand oil at least 2 coats of a boiled linseed/mineral spirits mixture.

This series of staves are made with 2 layers of impact grade hickory laminated together to 1-1/8" (28.5mm) diameter. .

The Short Staff is one of the most studied and popular of all polearms. It is a formidable weapon of approximately six to nine feet in length, and was often described as the basis for all other types of polearms, such as the halberd and pollaxe. This weapon is known by several different names, owing to its use across a large time period throughout many European martial arts traditions. It has been variously called the staff, pole, short staff, quarterstaff, half-staff, and balk-staff. The moderate length of this weapon allows its wielder to safely fight opponents at a long distance, while also allowing versatile and agile movements that would not be possible with a longer weapon.

For use in competition against another fighter using a staff, a Short Staff of 6’-7’ seems to be preferable. Against multiple or varied weapons, such as would be encountered in war, a Short Staff of 8’-9’ would be most effective. In either length, the staff should be made from a straight, smooth, and strong hardwood. The diameter should be no more than you can easily hold in your hand, but also not so thin that the staff would not be able to withstand heavy blows, and not so thick that maneuvering the weapon would be difficult due to its weight. Each dimension can vary slightly from person to person, so a custom piece would be desirable for those who wish to seriously advance their training. Otherwise, for new practitioners or large groups, a standard weapon which matches these general guidelines will do the job.

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5ft Octagonal Hickory June 10, 2018
Reviewer: Michael Harris from Murfreesboro, TN United States  
Excellent quality. Excellent service. Purpleheart reviewed my order and contacted me to ensure I received exactly what I wanted. Processing took about a week. The actual shipping a few days. My new beat-stick is perfect. Thank you PurpleHeart! I will be buying from you again!

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The staves are beautiful! March 20, 2018
Reviewer: Nolan G. from Long Beach, CA United States  
The quality of their work is high and the beauty and strength of the product is quickly evident.  They solve problems quickly and answer questions fully.  I will buy from them again.  I guess I already have.

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