The Kingfisher hiking stick is available in many custom lengths with features suited to walking, hiking, trekking, backpacking and trail running but it's also the best choice for urban and suburban corridors, dog walker areas and places requiring a measure of security. It's made of Appalachian hickory, arguably the world's strongest wood and while it looks simple, many years of research, development and field testing have contributed to the success of this design. Read on for more details about this top quality hiking staff:
The Straight Stick:
Along with wood choice, which in this case is phenomenally strong and beautiful Appalachian Hickory, the other most important characteristic of the hiking stick is its shape: a straight staff gives the user the most flexibility in choosing hand position for optimal working length. When climbing uphill or downhill, it can be grasped higher or lower for best reach and balance. Adjustments can be made instantly. Since there is no left or right hand bias, the hiker can quickly shift between hands. Although branches and irregularly shaped sticks provide a whimsical appearance, they also restrict the hiker's hand placement and limit the adjustments possible with a straight uniform staff.
Two diameters are available. The original 15/16" diameter is intended to be light and fast - it has a more slender feel. The 1" diameter option is thicker and has a medium girth for those preferring a slightly thicker feel.
This shows the dome end of one of our top quality, grade L7 hiking staffs. While there are differences in wood color, the quality and attention to detail are evident in all levels of our products
The tungsten carbide tip specially designed to be environmentally friendly and features a rounded but robust point that will not damage fragile ecosystems and rock formations.
Hundreds of inscriptions are available.
The Kingfisher Hiking Stick is intended for optimal speed, maneuverability and reach but its origins are related to the Japanese Jo Staff. This historical 17th century wooden staff became embedded in history as the unlikely weapon used in a legendary duel with Japan's most celebrated swordsman. For this fascinating account - see this link: The Wooden Staff of Japan
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