Traditional Thursdays: Leather-Less Traditional


Welcome back to #TraditionalThursdays! Every week we bring you a new traditional stick, and every week there will be something unique about the work. Our first stick was a rare Green Maverik Spider, then we went neon with String It Up, then we hooked Billy Bitter up with a Bad Boy, and last week we went USA with a dye and traditional on a Nike CEO.

To top all that we had to go extreme, and Kick Ash Lax helped us get there with a leather-less miniature traditional:

leather less traditional kick ash lax

We got a little more info from Dan Bray, of Kick Ash Lax:

We handcraft hardwood handles, pocket pounders, and custom mini sticks. All of our mini’s are strung traditionally with a slight twist and come complete with a wooden shaft. We are the first, and at this time, the only ones that do this. We are a 2nd year small business out of Upstate NY and being that we are in the off season, are currently just trying to spread the word and get our name out there.

Above, you can see the recent mini for our local NLL team, the Knighthawks. I also do many other string variations for both mini and full size heads including old school pre 90’s heads. I’m currently working on an STX SAM and an STX Highwall, and I have custom cut the doweled shafts for the both of them.

Unreal stuff!

kick ash lax mini stick

To see more from Kick Ash Lax, check out their website. There’s no mesh, but there aren’t any leathers either! Is this Traditional, or not?


  1. I would love to have this pocket. I miss my traditional pocket but playing field lax in a very wet environment makes the maintenance a pain. This might be a nice wet weather alternative. Wonder how the stretch is?

  2. First and only to do what – all synthetic traditional?

    If that’s what they mean then no, not the first by about 30 years.Does anyone remember Ulman? They had a stringing style they called “Ul-Traditional” where they replaced the leathers with stiffened nylon shooting strings.

    You can see serveral examples here, in a catalog from 1989 -

    Now they didn’t twist two of them together like Kick Ash has, and that actually might solve some problems that these pockets have with lateral stability.

    Why do I know so much? This is how I’ve been stringing my sticks since I read Ulman catalogs back in the late 80’s/early 90’s (get off my lawn).
    I still have an old Sam strung this way with a graphite shaft.

    To answer J. Bass’s question they are fantastic in the rain, and there is zero stretch.
    You just have to string the pocket exactly how you want it as there is no break-in.
    Very little maintenance as well.

  3. Do you think it would be possible to do other traditional pockets such as the pita pocket using  twisted strands of nylons instead of leathers?  Or would it just be better to use synthetic leathers?