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Cold Steel 91PBS 37" Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh 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)
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Durham, North Carolina
Jun 18, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Durability
Cons: None
Need a walking Stick?
This is a solid, fabricated stick for walking and getting a little support. You will have to buy a rubber tip but it has the weight to give to confidence in its strength and reliability. It is an ugly looking stick but it does the job
4 out of 5
Larry M, Retired Usarmy
Graham, Tx
Apr 08, 2015
Pros: None
Cons: None
That's a BIG stick
Been using canes for years. This one is a monster! Heavier than my other canes which are oak, cedar and walnut. The handle is quite large for my hand and the edges are uncomfortable. I rounded out the edges with a Dremel tool and that helped. I will probably sculpt the handle to fit my hand. This is not an everyday cane but will come in very handy on trips to the city. VERY high "bonk" factor for this cane. I was not disappointed nor was I impressed. This thing is a weapon disguised as a cane, pure and simple. Overall, I was pleased with it as an object of interest among other "codgers" who frequent the Papaw bench at the local Wal-Mart.
4 out of 5
Nov 24, 2014
Pros: Durability, Finish, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: None
Too Heavy for everyday use.
A bad back, icy sidewalks and neighborhood dogs had me "upgrade" to this walking stick, figuring it would help out with all. Nicely made as are most CS products like this, but it's too heavy for everyday usage for me. It also needs a rubber foot, though this can be added. My present bamboo and aluminum ones work better as they are quicker to move and swing, but wouldn't do as much damage as the CS. That could be good or bad depending on your point of view. Will deligate it to the car as a backup.
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