Rattan, which comes from a type of vine in the Philippines, is the most common material for sticks. Hard and durable, yet light weight, it can be fire hardened. It shreds under only the worst abuse and will not splinter like other woods do - thus making it a safer training tool. Kamagong (Ironwood) is also sometimes used, but generally not for sparring, as it is dense enough to cause serious injury. Eskrima sticks are made in many sizes depending on the system and the respective ranges being trained. Common lengths range from 6" (15 cm) to 96" (2.44m), with the most common ranging from 24" (61 cm) to 36" (91 cm). Eskrima sticks are a reflection of the artist, their system and methodology.