Red Oak 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.
Our red oak shafts are for those that appreciate a lighter weight woodie with a beautiful wood grain. Strength-to-weight ratio for red oak is 18475* and a hardness of 1060. A 30" attack shaft weighs approximately 280 grams or 8.8 ounces**.
The Latin name for oak, Quercus, means "a fine tree." The oaks have been key in America's industrial transformation: railroad ties, wheels, plows, looms, barrels, and of course, furniture and floors. The oak is the state tree of New Jersey. It is widespread throughout Eastern U.S. The oaks are by far the most abundant species group growing in the Eastern hardwood forests. Average tree height is 60 to 80 feet. The bark from oak trees is rich in tannin. The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture. The wood is hard with medium bending strength, stiffness, high crushing strength and great wear-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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