The Tombo is our newest edition to our steering blade lineup. After weeks of collaborating and testing out different templates and blade angles, we settled on a design that was both sleek and nimble in the water. This Tahitian style steering blade has the length to hold a line or make a subtle correction with little effort, but not fatigue the steersman with a massive surface area. It's the ultimate paddling steersman's blade. The narrow body of the blade holds to the hull without hurting the glide of the canoe with unnecessary water disruption. The double-bend shaft and blade angle allow the steersman to better match the rest of the crew.
The blade is constructed of a combination of lightweight woods such as Balsa, Cedar, Basswood, and White Pine. We use a vertical shaft for unparalleled strength. Carbon fiber and fiberglass mesh add strength and protection to the blade. Our special edging adds protection and longevity to the paddle's edge without chipping or cracking. Our "D" grip handle adds comfort as well as an ergonomic advantage throughout the stroke. Our dihedral adds strength and stability throughout the entire power phase. The Tombo comes in with a double-bend shaft, straight shaft also available. You can color coordinate both the edging and Kai Ko'o sticker to your liking.
Blade Specs. 22"L x 9.25"W, 9.5"W
Paddle Weight: 24 -26 oz
5 degree bend
Current turn around time on all custom wood paddles is 6+ weeks.