This gorgeous, sleek Jo staff looks the business for starters - the dragons are really clearly visible as they are black on the red wood and even from a far distance away the carvings look awesome even if you cant make out what they are exactly from that distance. Also has a very practical use and that is GRIP! having the three dragons and all those grooves gives fantastic grip in the perfect places for striking and smooth sections in the perfect places for spinning and where you need to slip through your hand, but still the dragon areas aren't trippy to the point of being unable to smoothly glide through your hand, they are actually perfect for both depending on your needs you just adjust hor hard you grip the staff. It looks the part, its heavy and ready to be used for self defense at any time and would be extremely effective compared to other less substantial Job staffs, this feels unbreakable, solid, heavy and durable but the perfect weight for all your Jo staff needs! Highly recommend!