Traditional martial arts of the Philippines and South East Asia use a 25-28” rattan stick to replicate a steel sword or bolo, due to its durability and resistance to splintering/breaking (rattan is also used for the striking weapons in the Society for Creative Anachronism’s full-contact “heavy combat”). Rattan is an extremely durable reed style wood (made from many fibers) that is lightweight, impact resistant and easy to hold. Due to the nature of the wood, it absorbs some impact and does not split in half (unlike hard wood) making these safer for training than hard wood sticks. These sticks are on average, a thicker diameter and feature a beautiful dotted/spiral burn pattern over the entire length of the stick (an ancient process in which fire is used to burn the stick to dry the outer surface of the stick and increase hardness). 29” Long, approx. 7/8” diameter, and peeled. Sold singly.