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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. glistam

    glistam Well-Known Member

  2. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Thanks but I got enough goodie accounts. Plus the local hardware store sells shovel and tool handles for the same price without the shipping.
  3. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member


    How do you reduce the diameter of the tool handles and what sort of head or crook do you add and how? Do you do anything with the tips? Can we see one?

  4. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I use a wood rasp and draw knife to get the shape down then I hand fit either wooden balls that I bore out with a forester bit then I use Carpenters wood glue to attach the wooden balls. I also use Brass Hames that I find at flea markets or ebay. If I am in a hurry I use the belt sander or my rotor tool with a sanding or wood removal bit.


    http://www.smnv.net/Products/Hardwood Balls/Balls.htm
    I like the 2 1/2 to 3 inch balls
  5. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I having to use my canes more all the time. So Got to keep making them.
  6. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    me too

    Same here. I just keep on limping. Made one the other week with an 8-ball on top...gonna make a cue ball one next. Also have made some with hame balls...gave them away except for one.
  7. gunner69

    gunner69 Well-Known Member

    I have a cane that has been in the family since 1876. But I still have a carry firearm most always. ;>)) I have practiced with the cane and am able to do a quick "poke" strike while pulling my firearm I am packing.
  8. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    1 have given away 3 or 4 dozen of various styles. Fun to make, gratifying to give!
  9. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    My wife starting to wish I would give some away.
  10. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Got to get some pictures of my new canes.
  11. Xiphoticness

    Xiphoticness Active Member

    A nice introdution to thinking about canes

    Well, I just read this whole thread from beginning to end, over the course of a few days that is (actually I think I started reading before Delta made his last post), and I have to say there is a lot of food for thought on here. I recently got the idea of carrying a cane for defensive purposes, mainly thanks to my love of Sherlock Holmes and an article in the new Combatant magazine on The Fighting Cane. My natural inclination whenever I think of something I hadn't thought of before is to research the ever living daylights out of it. For this purpose The High Road is indispensable and I want to thank you all for the massive amount of information and ideas available here.
    As far as my personal cane, I have started out with a Cold Steel Slim Stick and am very happy with it so far. That is, once I replaced that ugly golf ball. I decided to customize with my own wooden ball knobs and I had almost as much fun with that as I have practicing/playing with my new cane. I am very happy with the length, being 6'3" the 39" shaft is just about perfect with a nice large wooden head on top. And with the stain and polyurethane I put on them they look nice and ornamental rather than dangerous. I used my wood burner to burn a spiral pattern around one of them that gives a little extra grip and I also put my initials in it to make it nice and personalized. I like being able to change out the knob as I feel the need to dress it up or down and they have already gotten used to it at work, which is a main reason I wanted one. I work for a well known coffee company that allows customers to carry but we don't allow partners to carry to work. As I frequently close I always feel somewhat naked without my EDC .45 while walking to my car. With my cane I feel much better about my chances if someone tries something with anything less than a gun. And yes, in my case pretty much everyone I work with knows it can be used as a weapon. But they also know about how bad my knees can be, even at 25, because of damage done to my cartilage when I played football in High School. It's not an every day thing, but an issue often enough that the cane is justified as a walking aid in addition to its other potential uses.
    On another note, I was in Tractor Supply today and noticed they had some stock canes in as several of you had mentioned. I got an idea which I think I'm going to try. I hate the crook, it just doesn't work for me, but I am going to buy one and cut it off with just a nice elbow left where the crook used to be to use as a nice hand hold. Then I'll take my rasps and files and shape it to a be more rounded on the end and I'm going to sand and stain the whole thing a different color as the finish it has now is very light and I prefer a darker finish. This thread lead me to the conclusion that it may be nice to have a somewhat heavier weight cane and I like the idea of having an all wooden cane for places with metal detectors so here we go with experimentation. If it goes well and anyone cares to see, I may very well post some pictures of the finished product.
  12. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Have fun with those stock canes. They are fun to work with.
  13. Kybill

    Kybill Member

    I use one about 30% of the time due to really bad arthritus in my knees, depends on how far I have to walk and how long I have to be on my feet. Would be a good weapon in some circumstances.
  14. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    While I have some wood drying in the garage, I've made a couple canes from polyethylene plastic.

    I'll get some pics up once my computer comes back from the doctor, but one is 100% High Density polyethylene, and the other is an 80/20 blend of High density and low density green colored polyethylene.

    I think I prefer the High D, its extremely sturdy. The blended cane has some flex and give to it, which is great for using it as an impact self defense tool, but not so great when you actually need to support your 235 pound frame.

    The beauty of it is, I make them from die purges at the plastic extrusion company I work for, so for only a few minutes of my time during the course of my job, I actually get paid to make them.

    Another bonus is that failed projects can be cut down and used for dog chews.
  15. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    as mentioned, here are some pics of the polyethylene canes i've made
  16. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Nice canes.
  17. DeTerminator

    DeTerminator Well-Known Member

    They look great, USAF Vet! I really like the white one...
  18. grumps

    grumps Active Member

    I like the irregularity of the threads/twists of the white, and the color of the green.
  19. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I will be sending one out to a THR member for an unbiased trial some time next week. Keep your eyes open for his review. I'm planning some more torture tests of my own and will be posting that as well to give folks an idea of just how tough these things are.
    Just for S&G, part of the torture test will involve my .22, 9mm, AR-15 & .30-06 :)

    To give you some idea of what they have already been through, I've hacked them up with a machete, and have covered them in peanut butter and let my American Bulldogs chew on them. I'll drag one down the road behind the truck, and have a bunch of other tests to try and wreck one.
  20. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    I've got an out-of-state flight scheduled for the end of this month. I'm definitely going to bring it with me on the plane. I'm curious if anyone will question why I have it.

    Can't wait - I'm really excited about this.

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