Back in the old days, before we had access to a lot of these exotic woods, burning the tip was a way to make the striker harder. Burning the wood will seal the pores up tighter and make the wood harder. It's used today more on softer wood strikers, a lot of the short strikers had the tips burnt so the striker slips more, most short strikers are a low pitch and burning it helps them play better.
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