I just got a church gig, and I though to myself: "I need some RUTE sticks".
Then I went to my local music store, checked them out - they were very expensive and were NOT comfortable (for I guy like me who can't stand larger sticks than 7A, haha).
So I went to a local supermarket, and suddenly I saw some 10-packs with flowersticks. They cost me around 10 kroners each (Approx. 1 dollar each), and I got some gaffa tape from home and started working.
They work BETTER than the original Vic Firth IMHO! They are more comfy for me, since I'm used to 7A sticks, and they sound just as good!
Check out the pictures (Well, they may look cheap, but hey - can't be picky for 2 dollars! And you can make them look good if you take your time! )
Pic 1: Original Vic Firth RUTE
Pic 2: Gaffa tape + flowerstick package
Pic 3. Zorlee's homemade RUTE sticks!