The important factors to consider when selecting a dragon staff are spoke construction, grip style, and minimized exposed metal.
The staff body (5'6" long, 26oz) is made from 7/8" 7075-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, which is twice the strength of standard 6061-T6 aluminum (and only 15% weaker than titanium). This staff diameter fits comfortably on the body and rolls at a very controllable rate. Towards the end of each staff, square aluminum ensures the spoke wicks stick out at 90° angles from each other. 2" wicks top each end of the dragon staff.
The distinctive features of a dragon staff are the spoke wicks (2.8oz each), which cause the staff to roll and reverse rolling direction much slower than standard staves. Good spoke construction ensures impact durability and smooth movement.
The 6.5” spokes are primarily made of 1/4” steel cable. This extremely stiff cable provides a small amount of shock absorption that prevents hard drops from damaging the spines or their connection points to the dragon staff body. Each cable has a threaded rod on one end, enabling easy screwing and unscrewing from the dragon staff body. 2" wicks are firmly attached to the other side of each cable, providing a 3:30 minute burn.*
* Burn times are estimated based on recorded burns using pure "white gas" / Coleman's Liquid Camp Fuel. Actual burn times may vary based on individual spinning style, length of fuel soak, and other factors.
Most severe equipment burns come from searing-hot exposed metal, not from the wicks. The wicks on the staff and the spokes are attached with recessed rivets (less exposed metal than screws and no need for retightening), and the staff ends are covered with two wick layers, creating a long-lasting cover for a potentially sharp and hot metal edge.
The gripped area on this staff is 4' long, more than most other Dragon Staves, allowing for a wider controllable area and more comfortable arm positioning while spinning. We provide two grip options:
Classic Grip is a traditional adhesive-backed rubber grip. It is tear-resistant, and has a very slight ridge. To maintain its grippy surface, you should periodically clean this grip with soap, water, and the rough side of a sponge.
EPDM Grip is an adhesive-backed alternative to standard grip. It is slightly softer and produces a perfectly smooth grip surface, but is more susceptible to surface damage. However, minor surface damage actually makes it textured, resulting in this surface becoming progressively grippier over time. It also lasts longer than Standard Grip in high-humid environments. It can also leave a light black residue on hands and clothes, though it washes off easily.