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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. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    I had to take the bark off mine to get rid of the taper. It was properly seasoned and so far shows no signs of cracking even after some vigorous impact drills. I like a stick that is roughly the same diameter throughout with the balance point near the middle. The reason is so that it will handle the same no matter which end I grab it my.
  2. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Cold Steel Irish Blackthorn Walking Stick

    Not happy with this one. Too thick. Too long (37"). Bad grip. Slips on hardwood floors. I put Gorilla tape on the tip.
    Don't buy this one. It isn't worth the $37 I spent.
    Nine inch circumference handle grip. Umm a sledge hammer head??
    Tapers from 5" to 4" (circumference). Way too big.
    Very bad decision. Live and learn.

  3. glistam

    glistam Well-Known Member

    Exotic woods

    Hey, glad to see this thread still going.

    I'm feeling the itch to make a new cane, and I recently found a source for some great exotics in pre-cut 1" dowel:

    Now, I only have ever heard of a few of these woods. Besides Cocobolo, does anyone recommend one or more these woods for a "fighter"?
  4. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Great web site, glistam.

  5. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    Glistam, I've interacted with the guys at that company via email, and found them to be helpful and informative. I asked some questions about the best wood for a project (my 18" sticks), and they responded with what seemed a reasonable response.

  6. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Good Infomation at the wood place.
  7. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Better off to buy a real Blackthorn, available on many sites at $45 to $55. They are the real deal from Ireland and much better feel, also stronger!
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012
  8. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%. I tried to buy an authentic Blackthorn on Ebay numerous times and was always outbid. Guess I need to bid higher or find a direct source.

  9. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    I got a real blackthorn for Christmas and was disappointed. It is very thin and light, about half the weight I like. This thing was made to sell to tourists. Blackthorn has the same general properties as rattan, light and flexable. Neither carries enough mass for a defensive cane though both are very durable and perfect for sport fighting.
  10. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    While you're waiting to find a blackthorn, look at some of the other fine knobsticks available.

    I bought an ash (as in used to make baseball bats) knobstick a couple of years ago. It's 39" (by choice), a bit more than an inch in diam right under the knob, tapering to about 3/4 at the tip. I think it's beautiful; I love the grain. The shop owner sent me pics of the four he had then and let me chose. I plan to install a brass ferrule on the tip that has a removable (screw out) ice point.

    I don't use it much right now for various reasons, but will someday. These days, in the snow and ice - which was exceptionally rare here last year :scrutiny: - or on the trail, I use an adjustable length trekking pole with a titanium ice tip that can collapse down to about 18" long and strap to my day pack when I don't need it.

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  11. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    On snow and ice I have a similar pole: Leki Prestige, Titanium. Won't walk to the barn without it when the ground is white.

  12. Nom de Forum

    Nom de Forum Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    I want to thank everyone who has kept this thread going. Because of you I found it a couple of months ago. It never occurred to me that carrying a cane was such a great idea for a self-defense weapon. The ability to moderate the use of the cane from intimidating display, to compliance through pain, to painful incapacitation, to lethal incapacitation is the next best thing to having a Star Trek Phaser. Finding this thread came at the most opportune of times for me. Twice in the previous year during walks with my wife our Shi Tzu was attacked by large dogs in our neighborhood. Not necessarily attacks intent to kill, but the size of the dogs could have caused unintended fatal injury. Each time we were able to pickup our dog before contact was made, but I knew we were just lucky. Because of this thread I purchased a “Stock Cane” from Nasco. I followed the instructions in this thread for using boiling water to bend the curve out to a hook, to cut to appropriate overall length, for sanding, for staining with tung oil, and attaching a tip from the Drug Store. Last week my neighbor’s Lab attacked from behind and was on our dog before we could react. Two quick thrusts from my cane to the Lab’s ribs got him off our dog and an aggressive threat display of swinging the cane and yelling chased him off. This situation was a perfect example of when the PF-9 I carry was not the most effective tool for the situation. I could have never drawn, and accurately and safely fired the 9mm as quickly as I ended the threat with the cane. On behalf of my wife and I, thanks guys, you saved our little buddy.
  13. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Now that sir is a great story with a wonderful ending......

  14. Tom609

    Tom609 Well-Known Member

    My Pomeranian and I know exactly what you mean. The Nasco was my first too. I started a little collection after that, but my favorite is my Lollysmith Blackthorn.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Great story, Good Stock Canes and do tons of damage if your determined to do so.
  16. Unkei

    Unkei Active Member

    Not sure where you purchased but try Amazon (just one of many). Real blackthorne is not heavy but certainly not flexile like rattan, and is TOUGH! These were used by the Irish after weapons were outlawed for them. A real blackthorne is fully capable of killing a man. And the real blackthorne has enough sharp (Very Sharp) thorn remnants that nobody will take it from you without injury to themselves(think grabbing a Samurai sword from an attacker's hand by the blade) Not recommended! If you get the real McCoy, I'm positive you will not be dissapointed!
  17. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    The problem with mine is the diamiter, about the size of my pinkey finger at the tip. The material itself is very tough.
  18. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    A nice cane story. My wife's father, who passed away in 1984, used to walk to my wife's house to play with her daughter (his granddaughter) after he retired. Along the way was a dog that was to become his nemesis. So, in 1982 she bought a cane for him to fend off the dog. Yesterday, after visiting her mother, she brought home the cane.
    It is 35" long with a brass handle shaped like a horse. It is in three pieces, each connected by heavy brass threads. At first I wondered if the brass fittings would compromise the integrity of the cane. Upon examination I conclude that they appear to provide strength. The threaded part is .345" wide and .50" long.
    The brass fitting which is in the interior of the cane shaft extends slightly longer.
    The handle provides heft to the feel of the cane. I'd post pictures, but she left her camera at her mother's house. I will after she gets it back.
    I guess I can call this "cane recycling".......

  19. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Cool Cane story !
  20. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I got a Brass Duck head cane of Ebay and just got another Hame Brass head from the bay for another cane Build. Now I got to get hickory shovel handle.

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