Speak Softly and Carry the BEST Stick

Speak Softly and Carry the BEST Stick

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly but carry a BIG stick” as a way of expressing his foreign policy. For President Roosevelt, his big stick was the American Navy; for you, the “big stick” needs to be exactly that: a big stick. Not just any big stick, but what I consider to be the BEST big stick.

If you are a concealed carry permit holder or cop, you MUST have less lethal options available. George Zimmerman might not have had to spend the rest of his life with a media induced “Mark of Cain” on his forehead had he had a less lethal option available, even though he was deemed justified in using deadly force in self-defense by a jury of his peers. We can all learn from his tragic experience. Many cops also carry only an off-duty gun, and no less lethal options other than bare hands. A carpenter can’t build a house with just a hammer; he needs additional tools to complete his mission. The same rule applies to cops and permit holders—we need additional tools to complete our mission as well.

In the law enforcement community, there is a resurgence of interest in wooden nightsticks or batons—new designs using very dense woods. This is due to the lack of effectiveness of the expandable metal baton.

Expandable batons place the largest percentage of weight in the handle end. The tip end—the part of the baton that actually strikes the target—is the narrowest and lightest portion of expandable batons. Wooden batons are uniform in weight throughout, thus delivering much more impact weight on target.

Realizing this, Nate Humes, a California Deputy Sheriff and woodcrafter, has elevated the wood baton to a new level of effectiveness and art. His company, Ninja Nate Woodworking, produces what I believe to be the finest batons in existence.

Based on the style of the Samurai sword, Nate uses a number of the densest woods available to handcraft his batons and finishes them to a mirror finish, wrapping the handles with paracord in various styles and colors. Argentine Lignum Vitae, Bolivian Rosewood, Cocobolo, Maple, and African Blackwood are the wood choices.  Paracord wrappings can be smooth, spiral, straight or zig-zag, with black or camo as color choices. My sample was crafted in African Blackwood, and was black spiral wrapped. The wrapping knots eliminate the need for rubber grommets for police users. Length is 26 inches—ideal in terms of power, speed, and reach.

The Ninja Nate design and wood density aid in power generation. Practice on a heavy bag—open air strikes are like target shooting without a paper target. Hold the baton with your index finger and thumb just above the point where the wrap ends. Wind up like you would with a ball bat, tip end touching your shoulder. Rotate your hips toward the bag with the baton as the strike begins. Strike your target with the last third of the baton. Make sure you keep your weak hand up to protect yourself. “Reload” the baton fully before doing another practice strike; don’t shortchange yourself.

Your baton is a less lethal tool—head strikes are out unless life is in danger. A Ninja Nate baton being drawn from your vehicle or bag may turn the tables, and it definitely shows you mean business. Nate’s batons are $100, but they will last a lifetime and are nearly unbreakable. They are highly crafted tools that can save the day for a cop or civilian when deadly force is not the best option.

Learn more at www.ninjanatewoodworking.com.