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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 November 27, 2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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How Many are Now Carrying a Cane?

I'm far from a rocking chair, but I'm starting to
carry a cane out in public.

It's legal everywhere

You know, years ago, it
was one item a young man would always have at his side.

self defense was one of the reasons
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Old November 27, 2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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Why not just carry a collapsible baton if you're into that whole skull crushing thing?
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Old November 27, 2010, 08:37 PM   #3
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Do you mean a shootin' cane? ...a stickin' cane, ...or a whompin' cane?

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Old November 27, 2010, 09:12 PM   #4
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Why not just carry a collapsible baton if you're into that whole skull crushing thing?
Not Legal in a lot of states, including my own. I fall into the "sometimes" category, but "rarely" would probably be more appropriate.
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Old November 27, 2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Yep, it is a nice Oak Stock style cane, works very well.
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Old November 27, 2010, 11:18 PM   #6
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You can explain a cane any time anywhere "Naw, it don't hold me up, just keeps me from falling down sometime.". Not so much a baton.
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Old November 27, 2010, 11:21 PM   #7
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Another seasoned citizen who carries an oaken stock cane=sometimes .
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Old November 27, 2010, 11:30 PM   #8
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If your beard is turning gray, nobody questions why you're carrying a stick on your walks.
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Old November 28, 2010, 01:34 AM   #9
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Cold Steel City Stick.

Give me hell on airlines (I also use it some when I need to be on my feet alot)

I offer to show my perscription narcodics, scars on my feet, and Retired ID.
(Medical)

...Shuts em up.
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Old November 28, 2010, 05:21 AM   #10
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Ya, It comes with age and infirmity. I advise you get some training.
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Old November 28, 2010, 11:12 AM   #11
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If your beard is turning gray, nobody questions why you're carrying a stick on your walks.
And people frequently open doors for you.

This blackthorn is both a means of support and a self defense weapon.

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Old November 28, 2010, 12:52 PM   #12
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My blackthorn has traveled with me to England, Germany, France, Italy, as well as all over the U.S. on airlines. I can't think of another defense tool I can do that with.

Plus it gives me something to lean on in museums.

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Old November 28, 2010, 01:07 PM   #13
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I've never had a peep said about my cane flying nationally/internationally other than to ask if I needed help through the arch while they scan my cane. I just reply (with a grin and a wink), "I don't need it to hold me up all the time, just to keep me from falling down some of the time. 3 knee surgeries, the cost of an overactive youth. ".
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Old November 28, 2010, 03:49 PM   #14
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The 6-ounce heads on my sticks can be pretty powerful defensive tools...Like maces.
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Old November 28, 2010, 04:29 PM   #15
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I have a testy right ankle and when it doesn't feel right I carry a cane and I also carry it at night. I have 4 of them.
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Old November 28, 2010, 04:37 PM   #16
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Due to prior injuries, I generally carry a cane with me. The fact it can be used quite effectively as a defensive weapon is incidental.
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Old November 28, 2010, 05:50 PM   #17
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I do, always -- bad hip. I've never had to use it for anything but support, thankfully. That's bad enough.

When I started using canes, I found out why they fell out of favor as a fashion accessory -- they're a big bother.
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Old November 28, 2010, 05:58 PM   #18
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I sometimes carry a hickory stock cane modified with a striking edge or a custom Barry Dawson sword cane. I also have a Cold Steel Slim stick and Livesay Gray Ghost that I sometime use when hiking. Carried mostly when taking my dogs for a walk.
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Old November 29, 2010, 09:35 AM   #19
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I have a couple and am about to get another from the family. With a titanium hip, a bad knee and 64 high mileage years on the clock, no one questions my having a heavy,sturdy stick.

And, no formal training, but 20 years of working in Medium and Max security prisons left me with some practical, hands on experience.
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Old November 29, 2010, 10:06 AM   #20
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A back injury and the resuting loss of reflexes in one leg justify the cane. American Cane CO. make a fine one that incidentally make a fine defensive tool. I've actually been "interviewed" by a trooper who thought my blackthorn looked too much like a sword cane/weapon, so now it's a nice maple and cherrywood cane.
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Old November 29, 2010, 10:47 AM   #21
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I don't carry one for self defense and have no desire to.

I have used one in the past when recovering from several injuries related to a rather rough motorcycle accident. It was just a plain ol' hickory stick. I wasn't happy to be using it and I was glad to stop using it...but I was young and anxious to be recuperated.

If I needed one, I'd use one and not care too much what a THR poll or anyone else said about it. That being said, if I needed and used one...I'd work it into my SD plan since it is there, anyway and it is a viable tool.

Having been injured and forced into using a cane...I don't plan on using one until I need it (hopefully years from now), for self defense or otherwise.
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Old November 29, 2010, 08:40 PM   #22
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I'm far from a rocking chair, but I'm starting to
carry a cane out in public.

It's legal everywhere

You know, years ago, it
was one item a young man would always have at his side.

self defense was one of the reasons
Well, I suffer from two collapsed discs in my lower back, as well as traveling gout. So a cane is sometimes a necessity.

I have been practicing obscure martial arts forms since I was 15 years old. So, I have a few cane styles under my belt. My favorite cane, when I am out and about in New Orleans, is one I had crafted by a local iron worker. It is solid steel and weighs about 12 pounds.

To look at it, it appears to be a run of the mill, black, old fart's, walking cane. Imagine how disinterested a mugger would become when this cane's tip is brought down on their instep.

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Old November 29, 2010, 10:02 PM   #23
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Im not even 30 years old yet but Ive developed a problem with my sciatic nerve, that got my interested in getting a cane to use discreetly. THR showed me that in a pinch it could be used for self defense.

Nice example of an authentic blackthorn Dave.
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Old November 30, 2010, 04:20 PM   #24
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I occasionally carry a cane or walking stick when out hiking or in the forest, but thats about it really. It is more for balance than anything protective so far.
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Old November 30, 2010, 04:44 PM   #25
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I can't pull it off. Everything works too well on me still, and I'm in pretty obvious good condition from working out and Yoga.

Every once in a while, I get a twinge in my right ankle after backpacking too much pack weight for a day or so. Other than the days following that, I'm stuck on two legs with no cane.
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