When this came to my attention I was very interested as I do generally carry a staff when hiking these days. It has lessened the tension when encountering stray dogs, allowed me to poke into brush, distract rattlesnakes, etc. but I think it is severely underestimated as a tool and weapon of self defense in the modern era. In America, we have an obsession with guns where anyone in possession, and I mean anyone, can slaughter a large number of people with little to no effort. The fear mentality (from a people who allege to not fear for an afterlife) has grown to epic levels with inundation of “news” and violent entertainment disguised as media.
The staff, sword, and bow come from a little better era before we handed over our self protection to hired gunmen and made our own liberty. The humble walking stick is a force to be reckoned with in the wild if you choose to learn to use it.
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