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Cold Steel Escrima Sticks Review
First Thing I would like to do in this post is post a few facts about the stick itself.
From Cold Steels website:
Our brand new Cold Steel Escrima Stick resembles a traditional rattan stick in length, weight, and cross section, it is however, much more durable because it is injection molded from super tough black polypropylene. It measures 32” long and is 1” in diameter and weighs a little over 15 ounces. Unlike rattan, it resists mildew, and won’t dry out, warp, crack splinter or shrink, and with the use of a saw, it can easily be modified to any length. Plus, it is easy to clean and is so resistant to impact stresses and the elements, that it is virtually unbreakable and practically indestructible.
Weight: 15.6 oz.
Width: 1″ Diameter
Here is my initial impressions of the stick (Which I received yesterday from my wonderful wife as an early Holiday present) prior to hitting anything with them.
- Looks Fantastic – When I pulled this out of the box I was impressed. These sticks look awesome. I can see myself using these sticks for demos and seminars.
- Nice Grip and Feel – First off, they have a similar look more like bamboo than rattan. Rattan does not taper between the nodes. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. They have a pretty nice textured feel to them. The material is a plastic-like (polypropylene) material and almost feels a bit rubbery like. Unlike rattan, this material won’t fray, splinter, or break (so they say).
- Its HEAVY! – Just shy of a full pound, this stick is really quite heavy. For a 1″ thick stick, this thing is far heavier than any of my rattan sticks. I even have a metal (28″ long and 1″ thick) stick that is not this heavy. This can be good or bad. I will like the weight of it for training.
- Flexibility – This stick seems to have a bit more bend in it than my rattan sticks. This is one feature I don’t really care for. It might be good for training, but not for combat.
After Training with them:
- Vibration – There is quite a bit of vibration in the hand upon impact. More so than a typical rattan stick.
- Slow – Movement with these sticks will be a bit slower mainly due to the weight. But these can be really good training sticks.
I think that these sticks are a good training addition to anyone’s training. I would mainly use them for solo training though. Things like power training and so forth. I would not recommend using these for partner drills. Stick with the rattan for that.
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