The War Club
If we look at war clubs, the type of striking weapons people take into combat when it’s do-or-die, we see a tendency to mass weight at one end. Of course, this is why they’re called “clubs.” I’d be interested to have somebody find me an example of a “war stick.”
If we look at Amo Guro Blackgrave’s video again, we see that he has a knob end on his walking stick, just as there is a knob on the end of a shillelagh, and just as weight is concentrated toward the end of a baseball bat. At long range, the knob end concentrates added weight at the tip of the weapon, so that rather than do larga mano with a stick, the club adds extra impact.
But maybe you’re thinking, “Ah, but in close the club is useless.” Actually, the knob end can be used to great effect in close. Imagine someone has you in a bear hug. You have only twelve inches in which to move your weapon from a dead standstill into the opponent’s head. Which will do more damage, a 28 inch stick or a brick? We know instinctively that the heavier brick will cause greater damage with less wind up. By the same token, the heavy end of a club can wreak more havoc in close.
Let’s try a thought experiment. What if we had Amo Guro Blackgrave’s “brain duster,” or a shillelagh, and we added a pommel at the end. A pommel makes for stronger butt end strikes, and aids in weapon retention. What if the weapon is now wielded as much as possible with two hands in a bat grip, and the point of impact is the weighted end?