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The discovery of the amazing strength and durability of White Wax Wood has just recently become well publicized. These Chinese saplings have offered shock absorbent, unbreakable power for thousands of years, and now you can experience it for yourself! Ideal for use as a spear shaft, or it can be cut down to suit your needs. Walking cane, hiking staff or training device - the possibilities are practically endless! Each staff is crafted using the tree's natural dimensions, so each staff will vary slightly in diameter.
This is a nice overall staff. It is very light. The width is not uniform down the entire length, but nor should it be. Very strong and flexible.
I just received this piece today and must say I am impressed. The wood is heavy and strong. I personally craft walking sticks and other such items out of wood and can easily say the wood is very good. Definitely tapered towards one end, which I came to expect from the reviews, but both ends withstand strikes. I have read some of the reviews and as a martial artist I think such a fine piece of wood would be wasted on a walking stick or anything of the sort. The only issue I have is it will have to lose about six inches off the top where the wood split upon drying out, which happens frequently when making walking sticks, wizard/Druid staffs or magic wands, so it’s no big deal at all!
I ordered two of them. I know they say they're almost unbreakable and from what I've noticed they are tough and flexable depending on it's thickness. One is fairly thick compared to the other. But they're both pretty tough. What I'm having a hard time believing is they are natural wood and you have ton of variables with a natural wood product. We have to expect possible weak spots and expect it to possibly chip when it's smacked against other hard objects. I haven't had any issues but I also haven't tried to knock over a tree with it yet. It's tough, flexible and really straight for a natural tree. I recommend them very highly but they are wood and they aren't indestructible. I'm going to carve on mine. Im not an expert at carving but I will have something very cool when I get done and I will enjoy these alot.
All these complaints about this not a proper bo (a Japanese-style staff) are complete hogwash! This is a gun (a Chinese-style staff which is used in Shaolin Kung-Fu). The main difference being that a bo has either no taper, or has a double taper (thick in the center and thinner at the ends). Traditionally, the gun would have a single taper which is presented here (in the southern style of staff, or Nan Gun). I did not order this staff, myself, but rather received it as a birthday gift from my Sifu. It is a beautifully-simple and strong staff, and there is only one knot on mine at the very base, which should not affect performance at all. I was able to cut it down a few inches to match my height (5'10") with little to no effort, and the staff moves wonderfully while performing my taolu (the kung fu equivalent of a kata in karate). Overall, a great value.
Exactly how a waxwood staff should be not supposed to be a bo staff the thinner side is capable of being used with a spear head if you purchase one separately. Great quality durable and great for heavy practice
Great staff. Very light, despite it's 6ft length. Noticeable but not intimating to good people. Thugs tend to give pause & look for easier targets. Extremely reasonable price & very prompt delivery. Recommend highly.
Half inch at one end tapers down to 3/4 inch on the other end on a 6 foot staff is laughable. No quality control ? Some small bends in the wood to be expected, but the taper is huge, not usable as a Bo staff without MAJOR woodworking.
This is a rather nice piece of wood - straight grain, no knots, smooth. At a full six foot it is bit long for hiking in the woods so it will either get trimmed a bit or steamed and bent into a crook. All in all a splendid staff.
Once again trueswords delivered... Find the balancing point and this will serve you well... slides easy in the hands. yransfer of weight ys very easy and one the got here they were shipped promptly.. you cant go wrong with one of these... thanks again trueswords.
Anything can break wax wood is very strong If it is full of knots then you should have sent it back. and if you even a small child swings these sticks and hit a tree it will probably break. If some one knows how to use a staff then you would know you do not have to hit someone with a hard swing. you can control an attacker with one or two pokes and one lock and your attacker will pass out very quick. But you have to know what you are doing. A worn of advice don't hit tree's If you want to break bones take a class or buy a book just remember anything can break if not used properly. If you want a 6' stick to just swing and woop the crap out of somebody find a good piece of Maple strip off the bark shave the thicker end so both ends are close and let it dry in side do not leave in the sun it will split the stick it must dry slow.
Well balanced, smooth finish and uniform taper. I bought two 4-foot, two 6-foot. None of them have any knots in the wood.(That would be most likely cause of breaking, as reported by Jake and zerozombie.) Both lengths feel just right in the hand. If used as walking staff, it is useful to put cane tips or furniture leg tips on the bottom for increased traction and to protect the tip from splintering. I used furniture leg tips in off-white color, it blends-in very well.
I am using this shaft to make a replica of a native American spear. The wood is straight, strong and easy to craft. It is perfect for this application.
I bought 2 of these intending to try to make a fighting staff out of them for my Black Belt daughter and I ended up turning them down to a size a bit more comfortable for a woman's hands. I did this with a table top belt sander and about 2 hours of time. I had to really work on the balance since I was using a tabletop belt sander but in the end it was worth it. Its thicker in the center and tapered at both ends. We tried to stain it but its so hard and dense a wood it barely would take any stain however at full speed contact practice she has wiped out the other peoples staffs. She's bent the metal ones and broken some of the wood ones and tho this will get dented its never been damaged in any other way.This wood is all most indestructible and even the other students who she's loaned it to have said its an amazing staff. I intend to buy a few more as I can see many uses for a staff this strong.
Have many walking and hiking..poles..staffs..........found..this staff to be very strong.....and great when walking dog..and exercising........am sure will increase uses in time,,,,
A good tough piece of wood. If you know what to do with it, it is an outstanding weapon. Stick, staff, cane, handle, weapon, cut, left whole or whatever it is a good buy. Your skill and imagination will make it yours. Highly recommend both sizes!
I bought two of these. Both were solid staffs and just like the ones my Sifu had. Just remember they are not oak so they are lighter more flexible and not as strong. However, if what you want is White Wax wood staffs this is what you will get.
VERY strong and a superb staff for survival spear (or hiking)! Flex is just right also! The heavier one end is great for throwing balance in flight! Remember, it IS a tree and each one will differ in character to some degree! Overall I like it enough to own 3(each used for different thing)! The cost is great and it holds up well, unless you're trying to break it, then nothing will stand up under extensive deliberate abuse! Try one, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Having received a lesser product from another company, I was hesitant, but when I opened my package today I was overwhelmed with " customer satisfaction ",I am ordering another, now I need to go practice my new staff form ...thxzamundo Smitty
this staff is fantastic, its not bulls**t that other guy must have gotten a defective one as I practice martial arts 21 hours a week when I bought this and had broken every staff I purchased straight in half until this one. it is the thickest staff I have been able to find and the only one that was able to handle the speed and power involved in my martial arts training. maybe he was using it on concrete or something but this wont break otherwise. use it on dirt, carpet, hardwood if you are careful but this isn't indestructible just very strong. you shouldn't be slamming it into the ground, martial arts is bodily control you should know when to stop to not break your weapon, going full force into concrete is not necessary and is an amateur mistake. it is supposed to be bigger at one end and smaller at the pother, you hold the bigger side with the smaller side as the striking end. This was so good that after breaking my spear shaft I had to transform this into the handle so I couldn't break it. now im here to buy another. fantastic. this is for sparring more so, so that you can better understand the durability. this isn't a performance staff but I use it like that anyway as the weight and size aren't an issue to me, it goes same speed as anyone else's' in my hands
I bought it for my 13 year old Grandson to use but I use it for walking and hiking and I love it. I'll let you know how it holds out the first time I run into a bear, but for now it works great as a staff.
I plan to leather wrap it. Mount an eagle head on one end or one the large talons. Should look great at the Pow-Wow.
I ordered your Wax Wood staff for use on my sailboat. I stained her red mahogany and sealed with mast varnish, and added an antique bronze boat hook to the top end. Looks great, functional, and will fend off pirate boardings!
Mine came in today and I love it. It has a nice sanded texture to it and I feel I can defend myself against a black van or some clay pots..lol. Anyway its just $20 so quit reading and buy it!
Great staff, just don't expect a perfectly straight one. But that adds to its uniqueness. All in all a great buy and it will do what its intended for reguardless.
i got mine like a month ago. and i noticed that in the product description it says thus each staff will vary slightly in diameter. so i got that. when i took it out of the box it looked like a giant pool cue one side was thicker the other nothing a little whittling cant handle but anyways great staff very easy to modify into a spear and back into a staff i'm thinking of buying 2 more and make 1 into nunchaku by the way that's how its spelled nunchaku
I've only had my staff for a couple of weeks, and I must say I simply love it. Its strong, durable, hard hitting. When my buddy first saw it he fell in love with it. This staff is great and the price is so awesome. Thanks budk for a great price and even greater product. My purchases from budk don't end here.
This was one of the items I purchased on my first order when I became a member. The one I received was a little tapered, and was hoping I could stain and varnish it which from what I read from other owners I can. Overall I love the product, and not sure of it's martial arts use as I have not practiced with it yet.
This is the best staff that I have bought. It can take a beating even from the most stressful martial arts training. Able to block anything from another staff to a sword. Way to go budk! :)
For people who are complaining about the flexibility of this weapon, don't know about weapons at all. Wax wood staffs are used for their shock absorbency which gives them a whipping like advantage, like a hard whip. So the flexibility is doing its JOB that's the point of a wax wood staff. Thanks BUDK for making a historically accurate bo staff.
I took this with me from pisgah national forest to durahm nc up to allegany national forest pa. all along the way I trained with it in fire air and dragon style. I also doubled it as a walking stick. Didn't splinter warp split or break in any way. Held up like a champ. buying another bc I gave mine to a friend I met along the way who helped me out more than words can say. But recommendation is if your looking for a perfect balance exactly straight unrealistic staff not for u. But if your looking for a h*** of a good staff that will prep u for makeshift staffs in real scenarios or a walking stick buy this lacquer it and be glad u did, can't promote this staff enough. I would also suggest for added strength tack on brass tips about 4 2 5 inches in length with 1/4 in over hang folded down into base. Adds style weights the ends more for balance and makes the ends practically impossible to split, no matter how much abuse. I'm proof. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to refl
I took this w me from pisgah national forest to durahm nc up to allegany national forest pa. all along the way I trained with it in fire air and dragon style. I also doubled it as a wlking stick. Didn't splinter warp split or break in any way. Held up like a champ. buying another bc I gave mine to a friend I met along the way who helped me out more than words can say. But recomendation is if ur lookn for a perfect balance exactly straight unrealistic staff not for u. But if ur look for a hellofa good staff that will prep u for real grab up staffs
Just an fyi, and not trying to start anything, wax wood is actually a relative newcomer to the staff world. It has been used widely for centuries as mainly polearm material. Primarily for its ability to take a forward blow and respond by bending not breaking or shattering. Rattan or bamboo were the primary woods used for staff in the early days because of the "whip" potential they have. This provides a much harder snapping strike. As far as use for a walking stick, they all have been used and are still used in the east. In the shogun period all weapons were outlawed so the common man used what was available, such as walking staff, nunchaku (used originally for threshing rice), kama (a hand sickle, and used for spicketting pigs), etc.
This staff is awesome. It is tapered, and very slightly bowed, which seem completely intentional. But the best is its light weight, and this wood is very tough. The staff will bend slightly, but I'm quite sure I couldn't break it if I tried.
I have yet to purchase this item but my friend has the exact one. mine will be here shortly. I would like to remind everyone who has bought and will buy this item. That it IS WAX WOOD, just like ritan and bamboo it IS meant to have a bend to it, it is a BOW STAFF not a regular staff. for a hard non bending staff i suggest the ninja staff BUDK also offers. This is the type of staff you'd see in asian martial arts movies. very good very durable, excellent for martial arts. Personally i think it's disrespectful to use such an object for hiking, that's what walking and hiking sticks are for but that IS my personal opinion. enjoy. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.
The wax wood feels really good to handle and the staff seems sturdy. having not read the other reviews beforehand I was a bit surprised at the difference in size, but I now realize that this was apparently intentional and it doesn't really take away from the staff in any way. You aren't throwing it so balance isn't going to effect you all that much. I say 5/5
mine came sanded to my liking already. it slides through your hands but if you want it to stop, it stops. the control from the texture is unable to be compared with anything else. as stated before, one side is larger than the other. this is a good thing though because it lets you keep track of which end is which better. it does not throw off the balance though enough to affect anybody who knows what their doing.
a very nice staff very sturdy strong and durable. the other reviews are right it is smaller on one end and slightly crooked but still a very good buy. only problem is it took a week to get here. =( but still a good buy
superb balance. perfect taper. just enough flex. incredibly strong and durable. relatively lighter than expected. you can really whip this thing. very smooth. just feels great in the hands. everybody should have one regardless of age gender race religion or economic status. never know when youre gonna need a really good stick
all i can say is "perfect!" it is great for any staff needs, from pole arm sparring to a walking stick.
Excellent for making customized walking stik or cane.<br />Tough, no warping arrived sanded smooth and clean.<br />I look forward to carving a nice cane with it.<br /><br />Great !
First of all lets start with some dimensions they need to put in. The wider end or the staff is one inch diameter, and the smaller is a little over 3/4 of an inch in diameter. its light sturdy.<br /><br />Now what i did with mine is i ordered about 8 feet of carbon fiber sleeve (one inch diameter) and used some screws and washers and now the staff is reenforced to bad ass status. <br /><br />over all good staff, just try to keep them away from your room mate
Ok no it's not white, but off white or light yellow. Big woop! The staff is heavy, almost but packs a punch. It dented a 4x4 I use as a cutting stand, with no damage to it's self! Mine is mostly straight and is realy close to the same diameter at both ends. If your looking for a staff that can take a beating and still look good, this is it.
This is a great staff, good for Tall people who enjoy hiking, can be carved, and doubles as a protection device. Hard to beat for quality or price. Thanx JRM
This staff is awesome. It's exactly what I wanted. After seeing this staff on Deadliest Warrior I had to have one. Now I do and I love it. Mine came so well sanded it was soft to the touch, and both ends were the same diameter. This is much better than I was expecting.
I love these staffs, I got two for my birthday and they are very sturdy, smooth,but they have a slight bend in them. Great for fighting
Problems:<br />~Dried up wooden glue dripping down side.<br />~unbalanced so it takes awhile to get used to it.<br />~Heavy at 1st.<br />~chipped at one end.<br />~I think it had a tiny burn mark where a branch used to be.<br />~was bent<br />~broke my toes<br />~when balanced one end is longer than the other so it sometimes get stuck striking the ground.<br />~gets pretty dirty over time<br />~It won't grow when you plant it.<br /><br /><br />Awesomness:<br />~kidding about the planting lol.<br />~ All the problems I had I either ignored (not big problems, doesn't affect performance.) , or I got used to within an hour.<br />~Even though it is only 4 pounds it is very heavy when u hold only one side with one hand, so that what I did for a couple hours every day, and my forearms got bigger and stronger.(I look like Popeye now =P)<br />~strikes with very heavy force and crushes everything<br />~this long stick replaced my remote control<br />~extreamly durable, flexible,and shock absorbent.<br />~looks awesome on high speed cameras<br />~legal almost everywhere<br />~great as raw material<br />~got a bunch of toys missing for years, off my roof xD<br />~supports alot of weight without bending much( I'm 240 pounds.)<br />~I like how everyone I know can't handle it! The weaklings..(my mom dropped it on my head when she pretended to attack me cuz it was too heavy, i still got the lump wana see?)<br />~Carries momentum fluently<br />~Crushing javelin right out of the box<br />~slightly sratch resistant<br />~My favorite weapon out of all the swords, guns, shurikens, bows and arrows, and wayyyyy better then the ultimate weapon... speech.(not much of a talker kthxbai)<br />~Would Highly recommend this product of nature, wish is could rate it higher...
Its durable, and thats very important when it comes to teaching new students, just as good as one of the more expensive stick weapons.
Very nice buy. I really love how it's six feet long, and it really is one solid piece. I bent it pretty far and it stayed together. Deffinitely worth the money.
awesome. light, durable, and very fun to use. the only thing that i could say against it is that one end was only very slightly wider than the other, but it was hardly noticeable, and definitely not enough to change my mind about how great this product is
well the staff is significantly thicker on one end.; rendering the staff useless for much combat use unless altered.
Truly unbreakable, I've put it through a lot of abuse and the darn thing has never yielded. The material is very soft however, even something as soft as a fingernail will leave marks on the staff. One thing i noticed is that the staff will bend and stay bend until i force it to bend the other way. The diameter is also a little small for my hands. Overall, I liked it enough to buy a second one.
It was a little crooked but I cut off 12" and it is better. I use this item for a walking stick while hiking in the mountains. It is stronger than I pictured and it has really helped.
Yeah had it for 2 months or longer can't remember. This staff doesn't like cold >_> snapped when I swung it and it hit the ground, I believe it was -5 degrees or so might of just be a manufacturing defect or I swung to hard but whatever still need to buy a new one.
Got this a day early then when I was told.<br />It's not really what I expected. But that being said, still good, flexible, strong, yet off balance due to it's "Fat end to Small end" design, single temper I believe?<br />It's a nice practice weapon. If Trueswords sold ones that were even on each end that would make my day.
What can I say, its a stick. sturdy wood and sanded well, the diameters of the top and bottom differ, prolly not a top buy for 20
I came to the Bud K site tonight PURPOSELY to buy two WAX WOOD STAFFS. I haven't yet made my purchase, as out of habit, I've "stopped to read" - read the reviews. Something I always do and is USUALLY NEVER NECESSARY WITH BUD K PRODUCTS! But as I said. It's habit, and I'm glad I did this time. I am SO PLEASED Mr. Jason Armbruster, (Appleton, WI) wrote such a wonderful review! A WAX WOOD STAFF IS NOT a walking stick, although many martial artisits who CHOSE the staff used it as a walking stick of sorts (more a disguise of the staff's true purpose). And his further exact comments. As a martial artist since 1970 (Tang Su Do and Shoto Kahn)the weapons ARE NOT toys nor are they, "poorly made" walkin' sticks. Wax wood staffs are NOT meant to be CHOPPED into eschrema sticks (which can be purchased or built cheaply), nor turned into spear shafts. Spears actually used a different wood(s) altogether.
This staff is great. Inexpensive and top quality with a couple knots. Surface is uniform and makes a great walking/hiking stick. Oiled mine up with Macadamia and JoJoba Oils to bring out the depth of the grain. Ready to be carved or modified by ambitious weaponsmiths. Get one and you will be satisfied 100 percent.
its very strong not perfectly straight but good enough, and also when you get it it very rough like it was freshly cut but 3 strokes with steel wool and your fine. one side is tapered too
really nice staff, i cut mine up for escrima sticks and they work great...had to order another to use as a spear shaft.
rumors about this item is true, one end will infact be much wider than the other one... but its also true that is it very strong and shock absorbent...<br /><br />its true that this item seriously needs sanding, spinters are kinda easy to get when weilding this weapon... but i dont think thats the problem, if you seriously dont like the feel of this wood, you should sand it yourself-(not to be an ass)... everyone's feel for a weapon is different, you should sand it to where you feel good weilding it...<br /><br />even inspite of the small amount of work required to make this stick into a weapon for the hands of its users, it is true i will give this item 5/5 stars =D<br /><br />p.s. the wood is not going to be white like in the picture, its going to be a darker shade of yellow
Did some drilling of parries to test durability. they seem to hold up well. One did come warped- just a little curved. They also seem to have a natural taper to them, which is fine by me but wasn't expected.
I don't mean to be a complainer but i thought it would be straighter and thicker i don't know what happened but it looks like something i could find and carve in the forest with any average wood. I may just be untrained in how they look since this is my first boa staff but i thought it was worth complaining about.
i got 3 knots in my not well blanced not straight it is not a good fighting staff it be a good Dark Sorcerer staff
5 min out of the package my grandson and i went to try these staffs. his first swing against a small tree with a half hearted swing, it broke 2 feet from the end. the last 4 feet is tough so i will buy again but be aware they can break easy.
its good. very cool. but IT WAS NOT PERFECTLY STRAIGHT_ for all those who want to buy it. it may not be perfect with no curve. but it is 6ft. and it is wax wood.
This staff was ok; it was pretty sturdy but i got it sort really curved and it wasn't really straight.
I received a wax wood staff that was excellent as a walking stick but will require a great deal of work to balance it properly as a fighting weapon. One end of the staff is much heavier than the other.
Good solid staff. Its nice because it has a little flexibility to it but can take alot of abuse. I didn't like how its tapered, its definitely lopsided. not good for a competition piece, but a nice walking stick or weapon, but doesn't handle like a good balance staff, but could be made to with relative ease. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.
I read the description, and I understand that your average stick will be thicker at one end that the other, but the staff I received starts out fairly thick at one end, but quickly tapers down, and at the far end is just over 1/2 an inch thick. I bought this to add to a spear tip, but it is not suited for this at all. I gave it 2 stars because I can see that if it had been uniform in thickness, (Like the one in the photo/video I might add!!!?!?!) it would be perfect. I call this a classic bait and switch. I know not all of them will be identical, but you should not pass off sub-standard merchandise on the unlucky few to save a buck. You should have some type of quality control in place.
After three swings it cracked in half, now i'm pretty sure I do not have a super human swing, but I was able to save about 3 1/2 to 4 feet and turn it into a spear, works pretty well when thrown
This staff is ok, but it's like a pool stick. It's really fat on one end and its about as thick a whiffle ball bat. Overall it's not good for REAL Martial arts.
When I ordered it was buy one get one free. After waiting over six months because they were on backorder, I finally got only one staff. I had ordered before and got exactly what I wanted, however this time, not only didn't I get the free staff, I only received one and it was the correct size on one end but tapered down to half the diameter on the other. This shipment was definitely a major disappointment.
We won't be able to ship this item until we receive more stock. But don't worry, we've found a similar item that's ready to ship now.