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Old 05-10-2010, 10:41 AM
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I was reading up on various non-lethal weapons and found the quarterstaff. Essentially being a big stick it's simple to make, not to mention highly effective if used correctly. There's a Japanese legend of a warrior defeating a samurai with a quarterstaff. A very formidable, multi-use weapon. You could use it not only to fight with, but use it as a walking stick, and also to help set up shelters if necessary. Now here it says the quarterstaff is about 5 to 7 feet long, but I was thinking of creating one far shorter. Maybe about 3 feet long. It would allow you more 1 hand use, you could wield it more like a club or a mace. Any thoughts?
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That sounds an awful lot like a nightstick.
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Now here it says the quarterstaff is about 5 to 7 feet long, but I was thinking of creating one far shorter. Maybe about 3 feet long. It would allow you more 1 hand use, you could wield it more like a club or a mace. Any thoughts?
Well, a Bo staff is approximately 6' long, the Jo approximately 5 and the Hanbo is a half staff or approximately 3" long and that is a great cane-length walking stick. For a hiking stick, Jo to Bo length for a full size hiking staff.



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That sounds an awful lot like a nightstick.
Yeah, maybe to you.
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"Maybe about 3 feet long. It would allow you more 1 hand use, you could wield it more like a club or a mace."

Hmmm perhaps ye of the sarcastic emoticons can enlighten me?
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"Maybe about 3 feet long. It would allow you more 1 hand use, you could wield it more like a club or a mace."

Hmmm perhaps ye of the sarcastic emoticons can enlighten me?
A three feet long stick would be more like a riot baton on this side of the planet, not like a nightstick which are generally 10 to 26 inches. In most jurisdictions, carrying around a "nightstick" is illegal. A cane is something entirely different. If that cane resembles the riot baton the officer might have in his trunk, then you would also run afoul of him/her but generally speaking, walking sticks, canes and hiking staffs are a lot better tools.
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There is a thread on canes I believe, which since we are nitpicking about measurements now, are usually longer than 3 feet. Are you seriously that butthurt over a 10 inch difference between two sticks that you hit people with?
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There is an alternative to the “bo” or staff. It is called the Bokane. Here is a site that sells them. It has the advantages of a quarterstaff with the addition of a hook. It can be used as a walking stick.
http://www.canemasters.com/standard-...ory-p-120.html

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im sticking with my guns
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The two BIG one's my father made. The biggest is about 6-1/2' tall. The BIG one reminds me of a Wizzards Staff and is like carrying around a tree; it's pretty heavy.

The two smaller ones I made from old hardwood broom handles. The larger one has a billiard ball screwed & glued on top with a cord wrapped handle and a steel carriage bolt tip; this was a commercial mop handle with a metal end. The small one has a rubble bicycle stye grip with a strap and a rubber end.

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a staff should be as thick as your thumb and as high as your eye
.you can use it as a staff sling to throw fist sized rocks a long ways.
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I purchased 2 walking staffs about 5 years ago,,,they were 1inch diameter,,made of corrugated aluminum,,,had a rubber walking stick bumper on one end,,,the top end was left hollow and contained fish hooks..line...2 band-aids...6 aspirin and some matches in a small plastic container and the top end had a rubber plug in it...cost was $10.00 and a Boy Scout group was making and selling them...we have used them a good deal whenever hiking or just camping...never used any of the contents yet,,,maybe I should check on them....SEMPER FI
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Why do people like you feel the need to post this stuff? I just don't get it.

For one thing, no one is against guns in this thread, not that I know of. That would just be stupid.

But if you think having a cane or hiking staff in your hand and being able to immediately deal with problems on the trail or in others areas is "ineffective" or "stupid," then you just don't know what you're talking about.

Just like threads about knives being used for primary, secondary or tertiary weapons. Some people say, "I'm sticking with my guns." Go ahead, get caught with one in a post office. Get caught with one in a bank where it is posted you are not supposed to have one or even a lowly China-Mart.

It's not about either/or, it's about options. I just never understood why people will take the time to put out the real anti-gun feeling in threads, people resent people like you injecting this nonsensical sentiment in good threads.

It would be like someone having a concealed carry thread about handguns and morons come in and say, "You just need pepper spray" or a "knife" or whatever else their stupid opinion is.
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You need to be versatile in a SHTF situation.

Depending on just one thing can get you in trouble. When the bullets run out what then?

If the govenrment has its' way all we will have is sticks & stones.

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caltrop, I like your cat, it looks like one of my cats . Anyway, after reading through comments that Bokane seems like a good option. Not having taken any kind of martial arts (yet) I'd have to figure out how to use it more effectively rather than just whacking someone over the noggin. After I posted this I was looking through the forums at different things, and came across the shillelagh, that seems like a good option as well. Not that the Bokane wasn't too, but I'd feel silly carrying a giant hook cane around town.
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I suppose people use a quarterstaff because a full length staff would be too long to handle.
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klax said:"The Quarterstaff

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I was reading up on various non-lethal weapons and found the quarterstaff."
Please keep in mind that these are not NON-lethal weapons, they are merely LESS-lethal weapons. Any time you strike an opponent with any kind of club, whatever fancy name you may give it, there is a chance that it waill cause a lethal injury. Obviously, much depends on the size, weight and composition of the club, how much force you give it, and where exactly on the person it strikes. Looking at it that way it's not much different from a bullet.
If you are going to carry a club, cane, bo, quarterstaff or whatever, please get training on how to properly use it so as not to be too much of a danger to yourself or other people. A club in the hands of the untrained and inexperienced easily becomes a club in the hands of the opponent.
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Cold Steel makes two nice sticks. The African Walking Stick and the Irish Blackthorn walking stick. Both are made of indestructable polywhatzit and would be a nice thing to whack someone in the head with.... IF you don't have reasonable gun laws where you live, of course.

Just google either and you will find them for $30 or under. You can even find a video on Youtube of someone using them to smash concrete blocks. I am fortunate enough to live in a place where a gun is legal to carry damn near anywhere I need to go.
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from an old boyscout manual
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from an old boyscout manual
Ah, from the days of officially sanctioned stick fighting.

*thinks whistfully of past days*
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