The Zulus are perhaps the fiercest most combative tribe in all South Africa. In the early 1800's the Zulu King Shaka subjugated the vast area of land between the Phongolo and Mzimkhulu Rivers and laid the foundations for the Zulu Nation. Then in 1879 the Zulus handed the British one of the most humiliating defeats in history at the Battle of Isandlwana when they annihilated an entire column of 1200 Englishmen (who were supported by artillery and cavalry) and did it with little more than cowhide shields and their Assegais or short stabbing spears. Even to this day a Zulu tribesman is nobody to be trifled with.
The thing that distinguishes the Zulu people most is their fondness for using a Knob Kerrie or walking stick. Cold Steel president Lynn C. Thompson who regularly hunts in South Africa has amassed an impressive collection of these handmade sticks. Most of them are made from indigenous African hardwoods like Wild Olive Pink Ivory and Red Bush Willow and are topped with a distinctive ball or knob.
Adapted for the western marketplace the Cold Steel African Walking Stick features some of the best parts of traditional Zulu Kerries like an undulating shaft and the traditional geodesic ball grip. However instead of using a costly exotic hardwood Cold Steel made them out of black polypropylene. This means that in addition to being unbreakable it's also impervious to the elements. It will never rot warp crack splinter swell shrink mildew or fade and it's ready for all the wear and tear you and the world can dish out.
Although its primary mission is to be a walking stick to aid one's balance when crossing uneven slippery wet or rough terrain it can also serve as a pointer lever or probe. It also makes a formidable tool for self-defense in an emergency.
- Length: 37" - Weight: 25.3 oz - Head: 2 3/4" - Diameter: 1" Base and 1 3/4" Neck - Material: Solid Polyproylene