A fellow FMA instructor was speaking to me the other night about sticks with metal caps or inserts. Someone posted a link recently that, coincidentally, shows such a stick; see here, under the heading Carrenza Series ("The Carrenza series sticks with weighted tip palasan rattan sticks."). I've swung baseball bats, billy clubs, and axe handles, but I don't think I've ever handled an intentionally weighted Filipino-style baston. I'd be curious to hear from those who have used them--what do you think about them? Sounds good in largo to me, unless it's weighted enough that you can't control the swing-through well. Weighted tips are one thing, but this instructor was speaking to me about a type of stick that had a more sword-like shape--not round, but a wooden "stick" with a clear flat side and a dull edge--that was metal-capped so as to get a harder striking surface as well as the extra weight. It was not sharpened. He gave this weapon a specific name but I didn't catch it clearly.