What are your experiences with Kombat Instruments, Ltd. sticks? I bought a pair from Kali Gear a few weeks ago that I was very happy with out of the box. The people at Kali Gear were very responsive and quick. Unfortunately, after only a few weeks of training, the sticks are completely shredded. I could hardly believe how fast they split and broke. I have the entire things covered with tape already and have already switched ends and had to tape those as well. My previous sets of sticks lasted about 6 months of hard banging before they gave up the ghost so this seems pretty extreme.