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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)
3.882 (34 reviews)
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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.
5 out of 5
Graham M
Topeka, KS
Jul 28, 2014
Pros: Durability, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Finish, None
Very Very cool
I have arthrites and Fibromyalgia and using this walking stick is very helpful for me to keep my balance. it's very durable and the hand grip is very nice. It does need a rubber tip so when on wet floors, pavement, or rocks won't cause you to slip. The finish could be more wood like looking not such a smooth plastic shine to it.
5 out of 5
Jul 22, 2014
Pros: Overall Quality, Durability, None
Cons: Finish
absolutley amazing
I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and helps me every day. Great support for a big guy as my self. 5'9 270lbs A little to plastic looking is only down fall. wish it had more of a stick look.
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