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How Many are Now Carrying a Cane?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by the iron horse, Nov 27, 2010.

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Do you carry a walking cane?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2010.
  1. Always

    10.0%
  2. Sometimes

    40.5%
  3. Never

    39.2%
  4. Concealed Carry is enough

    14.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. the iron horse

    the iron horse Member

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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
     
  2. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Member

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    Why not just carry a collapsible baton if you're into that whole skull crushing thing?
     
  3. wrs840

    wrs840 Member

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    Do you mean a shootin' cane? ...a stickin' cane, ...or a whompin' cane?

    Les
     
  4. hmphargh

    hmphargh Member

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    Not Legal in a lot of states, including my own. I fall into the "sometimes" category, but "rarely" would probably be more appropriate.
     
  5. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Yep, it is a nice Oak Stock style cane, works very well.
     
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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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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  7. Gordon

    Gordon Member

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    Another seasoned citizen who carries an oaken stock cane=sometimes .
     
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  8. GCBurner

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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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  9. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Member

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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.
     
  10. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    Ya, It comes with age and infirmity. I advise you get some training.
     
  11. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Member

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    And people frequently open doors for you. :)

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

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Carl Levitian

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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.

    Carl.
     
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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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. :rolleyes:".
     
  14. Clipper

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    The 6-ounce heads on my sticks can be pretty powerful defensive tools...Like maces.
     
  15. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

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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.
     
  16. PTK

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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. ;)
     
  17. heron

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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.
     
  18. narco99

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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.
     
  19. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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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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  20. JohnD13

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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.
     
  21. ForumSurfer

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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. :D 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.
     
  22. claypipe

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    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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  23. Erik M

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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.
     
  24. Limeyfellow

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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.
     
  25. wheelgunslinger

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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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