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History of Blackthorn Walking Sticks

Blackthorn bush is found throughout Ireland and the British Isles. It has been prized for centuries as a material for premium Irish walking sticks or cane. The original Blackthorn sticks were two- to four-foot long Irish shillelaghs (the national weapon of rural Ireland). The shillelagh was so fearsome that the English outlawed it during the final occupation of Ireland. To get around the law, the Irish turned the shillelagh into a walking stick. The English did not want to appear unreasonable by outlawing walking sticks and canes, so the Irish kept their modified shillelaghs and the world gained a beautiful and functional walking stick known simply as the Blackthorn.