Hi guys, First of all thanks to all the great replies in my previous thread here regarding cane recommendations. It was all quite helpful and insightful. I know some of you make hiking staffs or other sticks as a hobby or business, from what you've said, and I am sure some of you also practice with sticks as parts of your training depending on what martial arts you follow. I was wondering if any of you ever did any stress tests on the stuff you made or used in training, or could offer any stories on how the different woods hold up during training. I see many more worthy posts in this thread and I know mine is weird, but as a disabled person who is reliant on a cane to move about, I try to pick up any information that I can on this stuff. I am sure the stuff in my humble collection is adequate, but sometimes you just like to know if it is more than adequate, I guess. If that makes sense. Not that I'm going to be doing any striking against solid walls with this stuff, because I'd fall over, but due to unseen fractures over time, I had an old cane break on me at home--I may have mentioned this in the other thread. It was your standard offset hollow aluminum one, and it broke at precisely the place where you would expect, where the offset happens, as the bend made it a weaker part. It wasn't entirely surprising as I had used that one since I was a young teen, but it did shock me a bit as it happened without putting hardly any weight on it. I now use a non-offset beechwood cane with about a 1-inch shaft, and I am sure it is just fine and will be for some time. My weaknesses from disability can make me a bit paranoid at times, so I hope you'll forgive my silly questions. I used to browse some other forums related to martial arts, as I have a keen interest in it even though I can't do it myself. Some people were of the opinion that if you don't break a couple of sticks a year for arnis training, you're not doing it right. Not sure how true that is. Anyways, I'm interested in your stories about this and any advice you'd be willing to share. Thank you for reading.