Cold Steel 91PBS Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick - 37" Overall Length

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Cold Steel 91PBS 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.

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  • Length Overall: 37"
  • Diameter of Head: 2 3/4"
  • Diameter at Neck: 1 3/8"
  • Diameter at Base: 1"
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Weight: 28.2 oz.
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan

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  • 4
    Good, Solid Walking Stick

    Posted by Shawn on Oct 18th 2011

    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.