Hickory is the Strongest Available native North American wood and has the best impact properties of all wood. If you are looking for a material that will outlast all other staffs, then you are looking for Hickory. These staffs are made in Tennessee from hand picked Appalachian hickory hardwood. Each board is hand selected to create the finest contact staffs you can find anywhere. Able to be used for full contact applications in karate martial arts without fear. Staffs made from hickory will serve whatever needs you have.