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Laminated Hickory Stave

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

13 Reviews
Product Code: Staff.Octagon.1.25x60.short
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 1-1/4" flat to flat..

The Short Staff is one of the most studied and popular ofall polearms. It is a formidable weapon of approximately six to nine feet inlength, 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 differentnames, owing to its use across a large time period throughout many Europeanmartial arts traditions. It has been variously called the staff, pole, shortstaff, quarterstaff, half-staff, and balk-staff. The moderate length of thisweapon allows its wielder to safely fight opponents at a long distance, whilealso allowing versatile and agile movements that would not be possible with alonger weapon.

For use in competition against another fighter using astaff, a Short Staff of 6’-7’ seems to be preferable. Against multiple orvaried 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 astraight, smooth, and strong hardwood. The diameter should be no more than youcan easily hold in your hand, but also not so thin that the staff would not beable to withstand heavy blows, and not so thick that maneuvering the weaponwould be difficult due to its weight. Each dimension can vary slightly from personto person, so a custom piece would be desirable for those who wish to seriouslyadvance their training. Otherwise, for new practitioners or large groups, astandard weapon which matches these general guidelines will do the job.

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1-1/4" (32mm) flat to flat x 5' (60")(1828mm)
Approximately 2lb weight.
International Shipping Customers - most countries have a 60 inch length limit, rates calculated by the cart may not apply. Please email us with questions.


Average Rating:
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Jon Chin from BRANFORD, CT United States
April 6, 2023
feels indestructible
very heavy and rigid. heavy dense wood, nice finish with lots of linseed soil, smooth on hands
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Thomas Kletzok from West Linn, OR United States
August 16, 2021
Much heavier than thought to be. My mistake
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Steve S. from Los Angeles, CA United States
May 29, 2021
Awesome. Well Worth it
Strong, durable and well worth the cost, if you are planning to train with a staff / stick more than an hour at a seminar every year or so. Being hickory, it is more solid / heavier if you’re use to training with rattan or pine staffs. Custom logo is also a nice option to personalize your training staff and make it easy to keep track of.
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from ,
January 27, 2021
Very Well made!
Great service!
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Edward from East Syracuse, NY United States
November 23, 2020
Great Product
Great product as always. Purple Heart is a top notch company.
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