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Cold Steel 91PBS 37" Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

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Part Number: CS91PBS
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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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)
3.806 (31 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Jan 06, 2014
Pros: Durability, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Finish, None
I found the stick to be a good length and it has a nice heft to it. However, the smooth head made for a slippery surface and somewhat awkward to use when walking.
5 out of 5
Dec 30, 2013
Pros: Durability, Finish, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: None
The Walking stick was exactly as the Knife Center stated. Love that it is long enough and sturdy. Would recommend this product to anyone.
5 out of 5
Steve S
New Haven, In
Oct 10, 2013
Pros: Durability, Finish, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: None
Like the Blackthorn very much!
I use this cane for a back and hip disability i have. It is not a cane I would use if I were going to be on my feet for a long period or walking very far. With that said, I do love this cane for what it is. It is a very durable replica of a Irish blackthorn. I get sick of using the same old drug store looking cane and it's nice to have something with a little character. It will need to be cut down unless you are very tall and you will need to buy a rubber tip. The 1 1\8th one fits great. (in my opinion the rubber tip should come with the cane , it is not safe to use without on hard surface if you are disabled). It is very strong and would make a great self defense weapon if need be. The one thing I do not like is the handle, it is two different pieces. I wish it was just one part all molded together, but it does look nice in my opinion. I also have the Cold steel Dragon walking stick, which I like a lot, but I do prefer this one for actual use. If you have a small hand you will probably not like this cane. The handle part you rest your hand on is very large. I have normal size hands and have no problem with it. Overall I would purchase this cane all over again. I like it very much. Steve
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