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Ultimate Single "Qwan Din" (Quan Dim)  Wood Long Pole

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Availability: No ETA on new poles - no valid wood sources.
Product Code: POLE-BY01-QD

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The Ultimate Qwan Din Long Pole (Luk Dim Boon Quan)

There is no ETA on these poles coming back into stock. We have been unable to find true qwan din on the market for some time now - so they could be out of stock for a long time.

For real Wing Chun practitioners this is a dream pole! You should order this pole immediately if you want one, they are very rare and never last long once in stock! On average, less than 40 a year are available.

Qwan Dim (Quan Dim) is a heavy dense wood that is commonly used in making oars, like the long oars in the sampan, and it can be put into water permanently and will not rot. They are also heavy and flexible (imagine the long oars rowing against water constantly).

According to Wing Chun legends, the martial art was partially updated during the time its practitioners were part of the Red Boat Operas. This is the period of time in which the long pole was added as a weapon into the Wing Chun system. Considering these boats used long poles made from Qwan Dim to help with their movement and navigation, we believe this is the wood of the original Wing Chun Lum Dim Boon Kwan (Six and a Half Point Pole, Dragon Pole, or Long pole).

This pole is approximately 9 feet and is slightly tapered. You can't find such a tapered pole anywhere else in the world. Technically, the poles should be longer than this - up to 15 feet according to Yip Man - but due to the scarcity of the wood and current UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS shipping regulations, we can only make and ship foot poles that are under 108 inches.

When we first starting carrying these poles, we smashed them repeatedly on concrete floors to verify that they do not break. (We'd never recommend abusing your pole needlessly like we did, especially if you want it to last a long time). Many poles on the market today snap upon impact (especially at these lengths) and can be very dangerous to training partners and yourself. You should never have this problem with your pole.

The 9 foot poles normally weigh-in at 5-6 lbs. Tip is 1" Base varies from 1 1/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch. As the poles are hand made from limited wood sources the length does vary from about 106-108 inches.

Poles should be stored vertically (do not lean your pole against a wall or let it lie flat or it could warp).

Qwan Din turns from a medium brown color to a dark color fairly quickly. This is normal and you can see the change happening in the pictures. This effect is quickened by the oils in your hands when you use the pole.

A Tip from Buick: "For Qwan Din long poles, the protection layer of lacquer is to protect the surface, upon receiving of the pole, the user if he cares about the pole, he can use sand paper to sand off the existing layer of lacquer, and use RAW pork fat - NOT LARD, but raw fat cut up from pork chop, and rub it on the naked wood surface, this will give ultimate protection to the long pole, and a very smooth grip feeling. We can't possibly do it from here because we have to ship them from country to country."

Note on Availability: Qwan Din is a very hard wood to obtain for long poles and currently there are no good sources of wood available. As soon as the trees grow and mature we'll be able to offer these poles again, but that may take a while! So if the poles are available and you want one order it right away!

Wood is not indestructible. Poles will always break if hit hard enough.

Smash Training:
"Smash Training" is (basically speaking) where you are slamming the tip of the pole into the ground as hard as you can - usually in an attempt to hit something (walnuts, coins, chalk, etc) It is a form of training accuracy and power that some lineages perform. Of course, such training quite often breaks poles. We test all of our poles for smash training to see how easily they break. In order for us to recommend a pole for smash training we have determined that it needs to be very strong (have a high Janka rating usually), but still with some flexibility so it does not snap, and it needs to be a little thicker than the typical pole. That extra thickness makes a huge difference. For the test we simply smash the pole 20 times into the ground with as much force as possible - rotating it slightly with each hit so any structural weakness are tested...

This pole is a normal thickness, so it is not thick enough (we recommend 1/2 inch thicker poles all the way around) for this training. It is okay for form work, partner pole work, work with swords, exercises, etc. We tested these poles for smash training and they did not break. Still, due to the normal thickness we do not recommend them for that purpose. Overall these our our favorite poles. They are great for precision hitting, are heavy, flexible, and hold up well in hard application.

Warping / Warranty / Replacement:
- Short version: When you get the pole check it out right then and there to make sure it is okay (not warped and is strong). If you don't notify us of an issue immediately the pole is non-replaceable and non-refundable. The makers guarantee the poles, not us, but we will help get you a new one ASAP if there is an issue upon arrival.
- Long Version: All poles are checked for straightness before shipping and shipped in a narrow tube (warped poles will not fit!). They are also stored properly in the warehouse and most are photographed for evidence of straightness. We are very conscious of the need to keep the poles straight. We consider a pole "warped" if an edge of the tip is not in line with the center of the base - so your pole would not arrive warped where the tip is totally out of alignment of the base. What causes poles to warp is typically changes in humidity. For example, we ship from about a 50-60% humidity environment. If you are in 80% humidity then the wood will absorb the moisture in the surrounding air and expand. It if does not expand uniformly then it warps. The same applies if your humidity is 20% and it sheds moisture in your environment. Being the nature of wood, there is absolutely nothing we can do about that... It is just the way things work. We will work with people to replace a warped or damaged pole, but we have to be notified the day you get the pole and with clear photographic evidence. If you wait, then we can't tell if neglect or another factor (like humidity changes) caused the warp. We also ask that you check the pole for strength the day you receive it. Wood can and does break, but in order to determine if a pole is flawed upon arrival or damaged over time in training (including shocking it in the air) or by environmental changes (gets too brittle) you must test it immediately based on the suggested use for that wood type. We cannot replace a pole after 1 week. Lastly, please note that poles are technically guaranteed by the maker, not by us, but we will get you new ones if there is an issue upon arrival.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 13 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Worth the Price October 17, 2013
Reviewer: Flip Man from Laguna Beach CA  
Everything about this long pole is excellent.  Definitely worth the price.  This pole is an excellent value and should last your entire life. If you're sitting on the fence...just buy it. You won't be disappointed!

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Good pole, but not perfect April 1, 2013
Reviewer: Kevin from Georgia  
I was expecting a lot out of this pole and it almost measures up.  I'm comparing this pole to my Sifu's which he brought from Hong Kong and is made of Qwan Din wood.  I've also used oak and teak poles.  The pole I received isn't perfectly straight.  There is a slight bend to one side near the last 2 feet of the pole.  The wood isn't sanded as smooth as my Sifu's pole, and the ends aren't rounded.  Instead, they're cut square.  Overall it's a good pole, but for the price I would have liked the pole to be perfectly straight and the fit and finish to be higher quality.  - 1 star.

[Admin Response: Kevin - please send us a picture of the pole so we can see the bend in it.  We do our best to store the poles perfectly straight, but wood is wood and it sometimes warps, especially if it is not removed from the shipping tube and stored correctly upon arrival.]

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Qwan Din long pole August 28, 2012
Reviewer: David from Tallahassee, Florida USA  
Recieved two poles, packaged in a reinforced shipping tube. The poles themselves were individualy covered with foam wrap. Examination of the poles were as follows. Both were inch and a quarter tip diameter, inch and five eights handle diameter, exactly 107 inches long, and perfectly straight. Some surface irregularities but very consistant dimentionaly and in finish work. Has a very good soild feel with a nice weight. One pole broke during initial checking due to a bad spot in the wood. Second pole was checked very throughly with no problems. A little disgruntled about my new toy breaking first time out, but what makes the difference is how this was handled. Aaron in customer service had a new pole in the mail next day. Conclusions, I would not hesitate to purchase this product again. It is a quality product that the manufacture believes in.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
pole order November 11, 2011
Reviewer: Nathan H. Walls III from Memphis, TN United States  
Recieved item without any problems. Well packaged, fast shipping, thank you...

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Quan dim long pole September 12, 2011
Reviewer: Tim Barreto from Valencia, CA United States  
Perfect weight, beautifully tapered, feels indestructable, incredibly fast shipping!

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