Ipe wood or Brazilian Walnut, is an exotic wood commonly used for decking. It is twice as hard as hickory wood and is a beautiful dark brown or sometimes reddish brown color. It has amazing ability to resist denting, and has a heavy feel upon use. It is very high on the Janka wood density scale, which means it resists denting. It is very popular for shorter staffs, such as jo staffs, hanbo staffs, or escrima sticks.