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Sword Canes

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Lord Soth, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. Lord Soth

    Lord Soth New Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Does anyone know anything about the sword canes from http://www.swordcane.com ? Are they any good? Are they functional (even though some of them are made out of stainless steel)? Does anyone have any opinions about them? Also just out of curiosity has anyone here ever thought about CCW of a sword cane (in addition to the usual firearm)?

  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    They tend to be illegal in most jurisdictions with no provision for legal carry. Kentucky is the only state that I know of that you could carry one legally if you had a CCW
  3. Soap

    Soap Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Generally, 440c isn't good for longer blades. The chomium makes the steel stain less, but it also makes it somewhat brittle. I only buy carbon blades for anything of sword length.
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    hso, you can carry one in Indiana without any sort of permit. Our license only pertains to handguns. Of course, I cannot think of a reason why one would, but it's a quasi-free state.
  5. brownie0486

    brownie0486 Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Superstition Mountain, Az
    Why not just learn the cane alone and carry it when you are heading somewhere you may need a defensive tool?

    With what is going on here in this country right now I don't think I want to give the LE's any cause for concern if they check the cane.

    BTW--Airport security will check the cane to see if it has a hidden blade. The cane is one of four authorized carry ons that you can take into the plane with you which could be used to defend with if you have the training to use such item.

  6. Kalindras

    Kalindras New Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Lately of Wichita Falls, TX
    Hey, Bro...

    In answer to your question, I've met and talked with the Burgers, and find their products to be finely made and of high quality.

    In the world of swordcanes, there are practically NO makers turning out any product worth its salt with any regularity--the Burgers are one of the few that do. Others will make the odd one-off, but I'm not aware of anyone else with a real product line.

    The fit and finish on their work is top-notch, and their push-button system is pretty slick. I used to work with a fellow who made friction-fit swordcanes, so I'm a little partial to that type of craftsmanship, but still, theirs is a good system, too. The only downside to the push-button secure on the shaft is that it tends to be very noticeable, which could lead to problems with Johnny Law.

    As has been noted, these things are VERY illegal, most everywhere in America, so it's up to you to make the decision. I've carried various types and styles of swordcanes for years, on and off, in situations varying from Renaissance Faires (one of the few places that you might be able to get away with it), to my wedding. It's my feeling, much as with a CCW, that if no one sees it, then no foul. However, if it came to a need situation, I'll take judgement by twelve, any day, over transit by six.

    Oddly enough, the model that I favour most is the cheapest of the models, which comes equipped with a stiletto-like blade, meant solely for thrusting. I find that very few swordcanes offer enough grip to use for slashing, anyway. I've yet to play with their carbon-fibre models, but I'd guess that it would work very well for various cane techniques, as well as giving you the same ability as the standard shafts for parrying, once the blade is drawn.

    My two coppers.

  7. CWL

    CWL Mentor

    Jan 6, 2003
    I've played with a pair of these before, never knew who made them, now I know. They are very high quality in material/craftsmanship.

    I would not recommend the edged ones because they are too thin (only 9/16th inch wide double-edged) to be of any use as a real sword and too long & thin for use as a knife. The blade would be too weak to slash or parry and would most likely bend upon initial use.

    I too like the cheapest model, which is a 4-sided dirk. This is a strong design for thrusting/stabbing and can take some punishment when used to deflect blows.

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