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Traditional martial arts of the Philippines and South East Asia use a rattan stick to replicate a steel sword or bolo. Due to its durability and resistance to 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 fibres) 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 hardwood). Making these safer for training than hardwood sticks. As Rattan grows, it creates “Nodes” which denote growth changes. As these nodes are denser and more compact, is traditionally believed to make the sticks more durable. The more nodes on one stick the better.  This stick features multiple nodes along its length and has a natural, lacquered finish. 29” Long, approx. ¾” diameter, unpeeled. Sold singly.

Weight 1 lbs

Ordered a pair of these, but they shipped two with VERY different weights and diameter. By themselves they are fine, but as a pair they are unusable.

Hi Christian, thanks for the feedback on the Close Nodes. We try and match the best as we can when shipping out in pairs, but as they are all handmade, sometimes weight can vary from stick to stick. Appreciate the feedback and we will try harder to match them to the best of our ability.

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