The Special is a well-balanced all-purpose paddle designed for lake paddling and ideal for canoe tripping as a whole. The Special is more than just a beautiful paddle. It combines a well-proportioned blade with an appealing ratio between the blade and shaft lengths. The long narrow blade which is 5″ at its maximum width is designed to reach deep into the water providing greater leverage and force. This design results in the paddler taking fewer strokes to equal the distance covered by a shorter blade paddle.