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Cold Steel 91PBS 37" Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh Walking Stick - 91PBSZ

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Part Number: CS91PBS
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CS91PBS: Irish Blackthorn PolyPropylene Walking Stick
Cold Steel

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 polypropylene Blackthorn that has all of the advantages of real Blackthorn and none of its pitfalls.

Our Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick is 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.

  • Weight: 28.2 oz.
  • Head: 2 3/4"
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Overall: 37"
  • Thick: 1" (Base) 1 3/8" (Neck)
3.932 (44 reviews)
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Josh R
Galion, OH
Apr 14, 2017
Pros: Durability, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Finish, None
Great shileleigh
Very durable and smooth edging. Little bit more carbon fiber looking than the pictures though.
5 out of 5
Montréal, Canada
Feb 15, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Durability, Finish
Cons: None
Irish weapon
Excellent Walking stick! Strong. Elegant. Heavy. Can destroy concrete.
4 out of 5
Edmonton AB
Jan 20, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Durability, None
Cons: Materials
Almost the Same
This is a good walking stick for hiking. It's a bit heavy and the knob at the top is not as flush with the stick as it should be. Having said this, I do like this product and delivery internationally of it is flawless like usual.
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