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Blackthorn Walking Sticks, Genuine Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

$59.00

Blackthorn Walking Sticks, Genuine Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

$59.00
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This is a real Blackthorn Stick, not smooth fiber wood, , not plastic polypropylene ,and not sturdy steel. This is the real think, cut and dried from the Blackthorn Bush that is only found in Ireland. No two are alike, but all are about 36” high. Some are thin, some are fat and they can come with a rounded knobby hand hold or a true curved handle, its how the bush grew. Blackthorn bushes are found throughout Ireland though with modern agricultural methods they are becoming less prevalent making a Blackthorn Stick even more unique . Blackthorn is renowned for its hardness being one of the tougher woods in the wild. It has been prized for centuries as a material primarily for premium walking sticks. The original Blackthorn sticks were 1 to 2 foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of rural Ireland). A good Donnybrook would not have been complete without a handy Blackthorn Stick on your side. These sticks are a natural painted black and have a clear coat over the handle that develops a lovely patina over the years. In expert hands the shillelagh was so fearsome it is said that the English outlawed it. To get around the law, the Irish took cuttings from the Blackthorn Bush that turned the original shillelagh into a 3-foot walking stick. As a result the Irish kept their modified shillelaghs and the world gained a beautiful and functional walking stick known simply as the Irish Blackthorn.

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