You know that old saying about speaking quietly and carrying a big stick? Well, this is a big stick. Made of lightweight but very strong Hornbeam (or "ironwood"), it's both a very effective walking stick, appropriate for your go-bag, and a physical deterrent. There's something about a long sturdy stick in your hand that is very instinctual — would-be aggressors react with a primordial piece of the brain and give pause. Made in America by Brazos, too. 

Brazos Hiking Walking Ironwood Stick

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  • THE ESSENTIALS

    Importance: Handy.

     

    Bottom line: Makes a good walking stick — and good personal defense weapon. Lightweight and tough.

     

    Recommended for: Go-bag.

     

    Be aware:  Comes in 41 inch, 48 inch, and 55 inch sticks. Choose the right size for you.

  • FIELD NOTES

    We LOVE the feel and heft of this lightweight walking stick.

     

    That being said, we're not above simply buying long thick wooden dowels. In fact, we have a variety of them in our apartment in New York City. We've got a 16-incher by the fire-escape window, and a four-foot number by the front door. They look innocuous, but they are thick and wieldy, and an effective whacking tool.

     

    You can find something like that here.

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