Pros: Durability, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Finish, None
Great heavy duty stick but needs some personalization.
This sick is designed to be more than a weapon, it truly can support a good sized man if he should wish to use it for support. The knob is comfortable in shape but the bottom edge of the knob stands away from the fiberglass shaft and has a sharp edge on it. I could see grasping the shaft below the knob during a hard swing and lacerating yourself on this sharp edge. I'd personally prefer not leaving my DNA all over the place if used as a weapon. The OEM plastic tip is a joke, it is too hard and does not grip many surfaces well. If you are using this for support the provided tip is dangerous, cut it off first thing. All is not lost, these problems can be resolved.One additional issue is the fiberglass shaft itself. If you handle the shaft a lot either playing with it or practicing with it you will get micro cuts from the fiberglass shaft. I've had several Cold Steel Sticks and they all had this problem. I will now share with you what I did to correct all these issues.First put a little BLUE locktite on the threads of the knob so it will stay in place and screw in firmly. Second, Look on the web for Double Strength tubular shrink wrap with a 1" diameter at least three inches longer that the length of your cane.Slip the shrink tubing over the cane and at least 1'' OVER the lower portion of the knob. Shrink it down with a heat gun or torch until tight without burning the heat shrink. Trim off the excess shrink tubing on the lower end and put a 5/8th inch rubber cane tip on the bottom which will grip anything. You have now corrected all the problems listed above and have a five star cane.