Appalachian Red Oak: H:2 F:3 W:2
There are hundreds of different Oaks. This is a light, soft variety. At this time, we don’t have access to the harder red oaks like the Asian produced weapons. Poor quality for weapons.
White Oak: H:3 F:3 W:2-3
Makes a durable inexpensive weapon, will take a beating, good for all weapons.
Ash: H:2 F:5 W:1
Popular for eiku, Children's tonfas, and for a light bo. Light weight and durable, baseball bats are made of ash.
Hickory: H:3 F:5 W: 2-3
Hard durable wood which will take a beating, inexpensive.
Jatoba: H:4 F:3 W:3
Commonly used as flooring wood. Found to make excellent staffs. Very hard and takes a real beating. Ages well. When it does break, it produces sharp edges.
Purpleheart: H:4 F:3 W:3
Purple is its natural color! And it gets richer with age. Makes excellent weapons which can take a real beating as well as being attractive. Has similar problems like Jabota.