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View Poll Results: Do you carry a walking cane?
Always 47 9.96%
Sometimes 191 40.47%
Never 185 39.19%
Concealed Carry is enough 66 13.98%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 472. You may not vote on this poll

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Old June 19, 2012, 09:19 AM   #626
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I get doors opened for me from time to time. It still feels funny to me but I am getting over it.
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Old June 20, 2012, 05:37 AM   #627
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It seems especially odd when it's women older than I am. They're in a slight majority. The next highest group is men (both younger and older).

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Old June 20, 2012, 09:33 AM   #628
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Many older ladies got in the habit after WW2 when we had wounded warriors come home according to what my Grandma tells me.
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Old June 20, 2012, 10:08 AM   #629
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This is just part of carrying a cane, especially in the South.
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Old June 20, 2012, 12:13 PM   #630
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Many older ladies got in the habit after WW2 when we had wounded warriors come home according to what my Grandma tells me.
My grandmother told me similar, especially with the Gray Lady Service, which she was part of.
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Old June 20, 2012, 10:34 PM   #631
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Owen is right a crippled man or any one with a disablity is treated with a great deal of respect and differance in the South. Yankees are rude and ask what is wrong with you like you might expect from a very young child in the South but never from an adult.
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Old June 24, 2012, 08:49 PM   #632
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Wife is hording the camera so I have not got pics of my last 3 canes. She did request I don't make or buy anymore until July.

I have customize 2 stock canes and got a Brass horse headed cane off ebay.

Pictures will come soon as I get her out of the house and I can get ahold of the camera.
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Old June 24, 2012, 09:55 PM   #633
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I am making one out of hornbeam today. This wood is very tough but a little light for my taste so I am making it a full 1 1/4" diamiter to keep the weight up over the minimum of one pound. It is for one of our students who has to fly to New Joysey as part of his job and they do not honor our states concealed carry permits up there.
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Old June 25, 2012, 07:02 AM   #634
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GPMG Sounds like a Brit statement Bob?
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Old July 6, 2012, 02:57 PM   #635
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That Hornbeam will be tough when it gets done.
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Old July 6, 2012, 03:19 PM   #636
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That Hornbeam will be tough when it gets done.
It is. I gave it a workout on a big pine tree. This seems to be a good testing medium. The larger Southern pines (2' wide or so) have thick enough bark that it provides just a little bit of padding. After all, human bodies are just not that tough. I see no point in testing a stick on oak trees or rocks. Also, the bark on some trees like sweetgum can be damaged by impact. The pines in my back yard have stood up well to my occasional testing and training and show no signs of damage.
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Old July 7, 2012, 10:41 AM   #637
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Good I have been happy with all my canes except my hammer head it gets heavy on all day trips. I save it for short in and out days when I am in the suv 1/2 of the time.
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Old July 7, 2012, 10:58 AM   #638
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59 years old (very soon to be 60, nice round number) Just ordered my first cane. Next project is a mulberry cane, but as I have learned on other threads, now is not the time to cut a limb. Winter time project. After that I plan to work on some black locust. Tree is already down.
I do a fair amount of rough carving of sticks but nothing fine. What does the collective wisdom of THR recommend for tools/lathe?

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Old July 7, 2012, 11:06 AM   #639
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I use Rasps and belt sanders for shaping and scroll saw to cut out handles and such.
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Old July 7, 2012, 11:17 AM   #640
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"59 years old (very soon to be 60, nice round number) Just ordered my first cane. Next project is a mulberry cane, but as I have learned on other threads, now is not the time to cut a limb. Winter time project. After that I plan to work on some black locust. Tree is already down.
I do a fair amount of rough carving of sticks but nothing fine. What does the collective wisdom of THR recommend for tools/lathe?

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I never do any carving on my sticks. I don't think it's a good idea on a stick that may be used for defense. I have the worry that any lines or groves may induce a stress point for it to break under an impact. Since most of my own made canes are made from local hornbeam, the surface is not really good for carving anyways due to the marked natural ridges in the wood that gives it its other name "musslewood." Hornbeam is crooked and full of charter on it's own, and I don't even take the bark off. The hornbeam bark is thick, and has a very thick under layer that is tough to get off. So I tree it like blackthorn and just polish up the bark with 0000 steel wool, and just satin it and seal it when I finish the stick. The only thing that gets a real polish and fine finish is the root knob handle that looks like fine pipe brier when highly polished.

I think peeling the bark off hornbeam is a mistake, and due to the thickness of the bark may even weaken it. I noticed that when Bill Moran made hornbeam sticks, he experimented with bark on and bark off, and decided it was a mistake to remove the bark. Bill was way smarter than me, so that was good enough for me to go by.

I notice that when looking at websites with sticks, like Lollysmoith and others, they all have the sticks with bark on, and no carving in the wood.

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Old July 7, 2012, 12:33 PM   #641
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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.
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Old July 13, 2012, 03:41 PM   #642
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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.

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Old July 13, 2012, 03:53 PM   #643
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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:
http://www.bellforestproducts.com/wood-dowels-1/

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"?
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Old July 13, 2012, 04:23 PM   #644
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Great web site, glistam.
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Old July 13, 2012, 07:06 PM   #645
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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.

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Old July 13, 2012, 07:17 PM   #646
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Good Infomation at the wood place.
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Old July 14, 2012, 10:16 PM   #647
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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.

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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!
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Old July 15, 2012, 05:47 AM   #648
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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.

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Old July 15, 2012, 11:20 AM   #649
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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.
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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 - 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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