Purpleheart 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.
This is our top-of-the-line wood lax shaft. We laminate a purpleheart amaranth core between two ash sidewalls. This shaft is very strong with outstanding shock resistance, excellent balance, and a strength-to-weight ratio of 28657* and a hardness of 1860. A 30" attack shaft weighs approximately 300 grams or 10.7 ounces**.
Purpleheart is a very tall, handsome canopy tree, averaging 120 to 150 feet in height in the natural rainforest, with diameters of 2 to 4 feet. Purpleheart has been used for years because of its high strength and durability as well as its unusual color and beauty. One of the most distinctive woods in the world, purpleheart is prized for its very unusual deep purple color. When freshly cut, this dense hardwood is light brown. Within minutes the surface turns an astonishing bright purple. Upon prolonged exposure to sunlight, the color gradually changes to a chocolate-purple color. This beautiful wood is straight to wavy grained, fine and uniform textured and fairly smooth with a medium to high luster. Purpleheart reaches the world market only in small quantities. It is highly prized for inlay work, fine furniture and cabinetry, parquet flooring, and many specialty items such as handles and billiard cues. Photo: left - purpleheart core laminate with ash sidewalls, no finish; right - with polyurethane finish.
*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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