Lookit What I Found at the Antique Store!


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Joshua M. Smith
November 22, 2012, 03:58 AM
Hello,

A nice cane:

http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o560/Smith-Sights/knives/blackthorn.jpg

Far as I can tell, it's a blackthorn cane. The handle is antler or bone, and hooks very nicely. It's even articulated on a hinge joint to help this out!

The entire cane handles very well; it's on par with any sword I've run across, and better than many.

Whacked myself with this and with my jo staff to compare; this thing hurts a LOT more. Also, it bends but I cannot break it.

The tip is missing from the bottom and I hope to find a copper or brass one that works, and the handle was beginning to come off. I put it back on, but the only antiqued wood screws I could find have the wrong heads. I have an idea of something that make work even better and look great to boot.

Regards,

Josh

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JShirley
November 22, 2012, 10:00 AM
Interesting, Josh. I'd be concerned the crook is a weak spot for striking, but definitely a conversation piece.

John

JimStC
November 22, 2012, 11:53 AM
Very nice find! They are great to have around.

Jim

Owen Sparks
November 22, 2012, 07:59 PM
(quote)...Also, it bends but I cannot break it.(/quote)

Yep, it's blackthorn.

Owen Sparks
November 22, 2012, 08:05 PM
I would exchange the loose handle with a simple ball so that you can effectively thrust with either end. I would also replace the missing metal tip with a modern rubber one for two reasons. It is a lot easier on hardwood floors and is less likely to slip out from under you. If you must use metal a short piece or copper pipe of the right diamiter can be adapted to fit but again, it is really hard on floors.

bainter1212
November 22, 2012, 08:08 PM
That is a nice cane. That being said, you whacked yourself with multiple canes? Did you videotape this very scientific procedure?? Lol

Piraticalbob
November 23, 2012, 03:02 PM
Just use a piece of brass or copper tubing on the end for a ferrule, and put a rubber cane tip (available at any pharmacy) over it. Replace the cane tip as necessary.

Deltaboy
November 24, 2012, 11:36 AM
Great find.

ThorinNNY
November 25, 2012, 12:27 AM
Sweet!

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