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How Many are Now Carrying a Cane?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by the iron horse, Nov 27, 2010.


Do you carry a walking cane?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2010.
  1. Always

  2. Sometimes

  3. Never

  4. Concealed Carry is enough

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Carl Levitian

    Carl Levitian member

    Man, I gotta go with Owen on that. Putting metal on your stick is defeating the whole object of a inconspicuous weapon. It going to draw way too much attention to it as you go through security someplace.

    Do that stuff too often, and canes may start to get too noticed by the 'officials.'

    Besides, use a stick right, and you don't need that mall ninja stuff.
  2. Ghost Tracker

    Ghost Tracker Well-Known Member

    IMHO, when it comes to canes - the less it looks like a weapon, the more effective of a weapon it then becomes.
  3. CollinLeon

    CollinLeon member

    A cane without a weighted head is useful for jabs and inflicting pain... A cane with a metal head makes it easier to crush bones... Without the weighted head, you are relying on the speed of the cane to generate the energy necessary to cause pain. If the head is weighted, you are likely not to be swinging it as fast if the head is near your hand and as such, it would not cause as much pain. I all boils down to whether you want to hopefully cause enough pain to discourage an attacker or whether you want to seriously injure or kill your attacker with your bludgeoning instrument.

    Remember when the police used this type of baton?


    Those were very useful for punching in that they could be used to direct all the force of a punch into about a 1" diameter area. They were also useful for jabbing or swinging as a club.

    These days, they use the expandable metal batons which are more of a striking weapon and they mainly just cause pain.

  4. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    And me, on a low budget, still carries either my 20" long 1" hickory dowel on my daypack (no vehicle, walk everywhere in my small town, never questioned by anyone in 1.5 years) or a 16" version of same in my large fanny pack.

    It's all about ... dare I say it? ... Shot placement.

    Will the stick go high to the head/neck, mid range to the arm/hand (which holds the weapon coming at me),
    or low to the knee? Or maybe the ribs on his left side.

    Chaotic left hand distracts, stick in the right hand could go anywhere.
  5. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I love my Canes and the Brass head Plow Harness Head and my Hammer head had caused me NO problems.
  6. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Dr says my ankle is going south fast! So I am almost a daily cane user now just to keep my balance.
  7. ThorinNNY

    ThorinNNY Well-Known Member

    Hi, new to the high road.Nerve damage forces me to wear a steel & letaher leg brace thats permanently attatched to a "Frankenstein" boot. I use a 11/8 cane i bought at Tractor Supply and put rubber tip on. I can walk very short distances just using the cane. Even wearing the brace, my cane makes walking less tiring and helps my balance.
    It`s difficult to obtain a pistol permit in New York State, and even harder to get a concealed carry permit.
    Not sure how much help a cane would be against a criminal with a gun, but I konw that any kind of stick can be used as a good defense against a knife user.
  8. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    How would the skull head pictured above look in court?

    That could make ALL the diference in getting you convicted in a
    questionable self-defense case.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  9. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Hey starbuck6264,
    I don't have a cold steel stick but understand very heavy with huge knob, so possibly uncomortable. I carry an Irish Blackthorn, lighter and with more easily handled knob. Mine was bought at a local Irish Fetival for $45. Have many canes, most made by me, and a $700 sword cane custom made for me. The blackthorn is my favorite. Here is a link to buy similar.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  10. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Hey Collin Leon,
    I have a tap & die for cutting threads inside and outside for 3/4 in hardwood. Made for making wooden screw clamps for shop. The set is not cheap at about $79.00, but lasts forever. Do no attempt to cut threads on softwood dowels as they will merely crumble to pieces. I think Garrett Wade sells a set in 3/4 in
  11. CollinLeon

    CollinLeon member

    In my case, I would need to cut male thread on the hickory shaft and then female threads inside the steel T-fitting... I've never seen a tap that could cut that thick of threads in steel that would match with some wood threads...
  12. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Guess I didn't get it. Sorry. Best advice is probably what another suggested. Drill for a steel or wood cross pin. Then glue with a good epoxy on threads and pin. The tap and die are really useful only for all wood Construction. Again, sorry for misunderstanding on my part.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  13. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Bad image
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  14. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Last edited: Feb 1, 2012
  15. Tom609

    Tom609 Well-Known Member

    Hey, to each his own, but i have to agree with Owen and Carl. I see no advantage attracting that kind of attention. My Lolly Smith Blackthorn is my favorite too, and more than enough.
  16. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    It is a terrible mistake to craft a cane with a head from an impact tool.
  17. Elm Creek Smith

    Elm Creek Smith Well-Known Member

    My wife bought me a blackthorn walking stick for Christmas a number of years ago. I still carry it on occasion and when I want to go to the head of lines. For a number of years, my doctor tried just about every kind of NSAID to control my osteoarthritis, but I needed one and sometimes two canes just to get around. After finding Mobicâ„¢ (generic is Meloxicam), I rarely need a cane! Right now, my brother has my German hickory cane because his knees are acting up.

    I also have a yellow pine walking stick that would make a good substitute for a quarter staff if just a little short. I use it in the woods.

  18. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    You never said anything about my hammer head before.... So what brought about the change of Opinion?
  19. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon Well-Known Member

    I'm not speaking for HSO, but my thinking maybe smiliar

    Your cane needs to suit you. A hammer head of that style would look cool as HELL! on a cane.

    However most prosecuters are fully aware of the "Harley Tool" that is popular with a certain group of fellas.

    "In my opinion" If you were to crack someone with it, and that action be construed as a non self defence issue, it could go wrong for me (Hypothetically) Due to intent to cause damage. For the same reason I wouldn't have a "Human skull" figure as my my grip either.

    Its like a guy who carries a bat in his car and uses it in a non baseball way. In of itself it can be questioned as intenet.However, with the presence of a ball and glove also in the car it gives support it was tnere for daseball practice etc.
  20. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Well so far I taken it into the courthouse and the local jail and all I have had said to me by LEO's and Judges is cool cane. I made it as a tribute to my Dads 50 years as GC and my 20 years in the business.

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