White Ash Lacrosse Shafts
HIKSTIK builds custom, hardwood lacrosse shafts in a variety of wood types. Hickory is used to create our most popular lax handles, but we also use White Ash, Red Oak, Purpleheart, Bamboo and Ipê hardwoods. HIKSTIK uses these wood types for their excellent strength-to-weight ratios and their performance as high-end, yet affordable wood lacrosse shafts.
Ash lacrosse handles are extremely solid and very sturdy with a strength-to-weight ratio of 25000* and a hardness of 1320. A 30" attack shaft weighs approximately 255 grams or 9.0 ounces**.
Norse mythology refers to ash as "the mighty tree that supports the heavens" and "below earth its roots went down to hell." Legend has it that Leonidas and his 300 Spartan Hoplites used long spears made out of Ash. Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions and early windmills were made from this species. White Ash grows throughout the Eastern U.S. Ash trees range in height from 80 to 120 feet with diameter from 2 to 5 feet. Before man-made materials took over the market, ash was the preferred wood for making tennis racquets. The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish or light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform texture. Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight and has excellent shock resistance.
*HIKSTIK.COM, LLC defines strength-to-weight ratio as the modulus of rupture (lbf/in2) divided by average specific gravity of the wood sample. Hardness (lbf) is the resistance to indentation. ** The weights of our shafts can vary up to ±28 grams or ±1.0 ounce due to the moisture content of the wood at the time of manufacture. For flexibility values and impact strength take a look at our comparative test results.
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