I got ten new sets of tumalin sticks from Simon at eskrimakaliarnis.com this week and they dented the other rattan sticks that I was up against without any visual damage to mine. I'm still trying to destroy one of his pairs of sticks I got in January and have been unable to do so. I hit hard and evey day and I can't explain how they have lasted this long (I think they're laced with steroids). They sure aren't the prettiest sticks I've ever seen. There just the best. I have no ties to Simon as I live in Michigan and have destroyed all of the sticks that I got before in less than a month, seven pairs in all (not from Simon). I also destroyed a couple of pairs of hickory, and bahi in the same time (although these were not from Simon either). I can't say enough about how much money you will save on sticks by buying from him. They're cheap, well balanced, weight matched and tough. Hey Simon, your going to put yourself out of business. At this rate I won't need new ones again for a long time although everyone else in my tribe ate up what you sent. I'll let everyone know when they start to ulcerate and decay, but I said that in January so don't hold your breath.