There are a lot of really nice old wooden sticks out there, and there are a number of stick makers who do fantastic work. Alf Jacques and Mitchell Brothers are two men who still make wonderful sticks today, but back in the day an Etienne Martin was another gem, and if you can find one of these oldies, scoop it up!
Randy Fraser sent me these photos of his Etienne, and I’m as jealous as any man can be. This is a thing of PURE BEAUTY:
For more Old School magic, check out the 1990 US Vs. Canada world championships video.