Historical Information HERE.
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
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.