This is quite a piece.
This is a thick, hoary, gnarled old shaft, heavy in the hand and beautiful to the eye.
For ⅚ of its length this is a thick, gnarly shillelagh with thick deep runs all throughout her bark. Then right at the bottom we had to grind off four laterals at the same spot and lo, she carries on with a thin rail to the ground like she was a gentleman’s walking stick all along.
This shillelagh definitely looks like it’s spent the last hundred years committing mayhem but we can guarantee that no sassenachs have been harmed with this particular stave (yet).
How it Looks
The bark on this stave looks like she should be from a hundred year old oak, shaggy complex and dark, with rich reds coming through underneath, but when we cut her she was all of five feet tall.
Because this stave thins so dramatically at the end it winds up being a heavy “battle” shillelagh that wears as a conventional (and perfectly civilised) walking stick.
How it Walks
There’s enough weight in the shaft that we didn’t need to put much a of a head on, so we left only enough to give you a cane-like foregrip. She’s heavy but she’ll carry easily enough and still loft and swing like a conventional cane.
How it Fights
Four inches diameter in places this shillelagh will smash other sticks to matchwood if tested, but beautifully proportioned for defense if need be.
We’ve added an ounce or so of lead shot, not that she needed it for balance, but something about this peice seemed to call for it.
Much as we hate encouraging “baton” or “combatives” style exponents if you’ve had a PR-21 in your hands then this shillegh will bring your old training right back (but in a much much classier way)
Dimensions – 39 in x 3-4 inches (down to ¾ in atth end).
Scars – Four laterals buffed off (three in one block at the bottom), three small badger-bites (scuffs, smoothed and polished), and numerous other balzes rails and knots.
Curvature – Ramrod straight,