Quantcast

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

    10.0%
  2. Sometimes

    40.5%
  3. Never

    39.2%
  4. Concealed Carry is enough

    14.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. NMPOPS

    NMPOPS Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    384
    Location:
    Arizona & New Mexico
    I keep a cane in my car, another by the front door ( both home made from hickory). You never know when it might be needed either to defend myself or to support my bad hip. It's the one weapon I can take anywhere without question.
     
  2. Hasaf

    Hasaf Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2017
    Messages:
    683
    Location:
    Kansas
    I hate to say it, but I use one most of the time. It has more to do with being old and fat. I also spend a lot of my day on my feet. I don't fall down when I am using my walking stick, I also feel a lot less pain when I am using it.
     
    mdauben likes this.
  3. mdauben

    mdauben Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    2,386
    Location:
    Huntville, AL
    When I was younger I studied Aikido for several years. One of the weapons we trained with was a Jo (a short staff around 3.5-4.0 feet long). My teacher told me a lot of the techniques for the Jo came from the Japanese Army bayonet training.
     
  4. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Same here!
     
    mdauben likes this.
  5. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Canemasters seems like a good program!
     
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    51,436
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    Canemaster makes good stuff (I have their instructor cane). I've used them for inspiration in making my own versions from hickory stock canes for folks.
     
  7. PeteCress

    PeteCress Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2019
    Messages:
    5
    I only wear glasses when I need to see.

    I only carry a cane when I don't want to wind up on the ground...

    My two current favs: 20180505_160653.jpg
    The top one is a Tractor Supply handle grafted on to a section of broken windsurfer mast and weighs 500 grams.

    The bottom is a cut-down Tractor Supply sheep crook and weighs 560 grams.

    You wouldn't think 60 grams was that much of a diff, but the swing weight of the top one is much less and can be easily felt when slashing at my boat bumper setup. Poking, not so much, but still apparent:
    20181017_193731.jpg
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 1, 2019
    Cocked & Locked likes this.
  8. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Good idea for a strike dummy!
     
  9. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Messages:
    20,153
    Location:
    Southern Virginia
    I use a modified version of the bayonet drill to train and some moves a Korean sensei taught me
     
  10. Armorer 101

    Armorer 101 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2019
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Florida
    This is an interesting thread, at first I thought, I do not have a cane. Then realized that I actually have 3. I keep a collapsible, adjustable height, aircraft grade aluminum tube cane in my PU truck, it works great to drag stuff out of the bed that I could not reach otherwise. Plus I have a sword cane I keep in the house, a gift from a police chief that confiscated it. But sword canes are not legal in many if not most jurisdictions. And an odd wood cane I made from a 1 1/4 inch, hardwood, tight twisted grain, vine looking tree trunk I found growing on a water front lot when clearing the lot. That wood is some tough stuff, looks almost like blue berry by leaf size and bark coloring. The blue berry plants grow big here, about 15 ft high.

    I will probably “like” a cane when I get old. Now, some of my fun is starting to catch up, Old man Time never slacks off or takes a break, he has without a doubt, a few of my invoices that are coming due and payable. Running for miles, forced marches, jumps with full combat load out, landings in trees, being in the timber business, all day operating tractors and Bob Cats, everything adds up, drip, drip on the scale.
    Ed
     
  11. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Messages:
    20,153
    Location:
    Southern Virginia
    Armored 101,
    I agree. I'm 70
    High school football, 4 year on jump status, a year sleeping on the ground in the Nam, and 20 years as a cop has me crippled at times
    I wish I felt as good as I look:p
     
  12. Armorer 101

    Armorer 101 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2019
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Florida
    BD, I understand completely. I will be 73 in three months or so. I never actually expected the “minor” injuries to come back to visit. Kinda figured that if, after an incident, I could get up and walk off, I was good to go. So far I have had two disks removed from my lower back, my left shoulder rebuilt with cadaver parts, both knees sorta work, when they want to. Distended both knees on my last jump. Have a bit of paralysis on my left side, toe lift does not work to well and a couple of muscles are gone, just a hole where they were, the result of a calcified disk that splintered, splinters stuck into my spinal cord. Had carpal tunnel surgery on my shooting hand after years of shooting 1911s daily, pistol team member, coach and armorer. Recondo school in 66 at Campbell. Of course being shot three times and stabbed twice did not help much. :) Throw in a motorcycle wreck or two plus a couple of totaled car type wrecks for spice and it is quite a bowl of life chili.
    I was a Special Agent / investigator for a large international bonding company for 10 years. My territory was 3 states along the border w Canada during the French separatist wars. Vicious folks, a few Legion vets leading military battle dressed teams robbing US banks and armored cars w station wagon mounted 30 Brownings MGs, submachine guns, 20mm Lati ATGs and grenades.
    Ed
     
  13. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Interesting life!
     
  14. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Still working on my bayonet drills with My cane.
     
    bikerdoc likes this.
  15. Drail

    Drail Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    5,985
    Update: I have now progressed to the point where now I must use two canes to walk. More is better right??? Poodles tremble at the sight of me with TWO sticks! The other day an obnoxious little Schnauzer fainted dead away when he saw me....... When they finally have to put me in a wheelchair full time I plan on mounting a cut down shotgun on it (under my blankie)
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
  16. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Messages:
    20,153
    Location:
    Southern Virginia
    Drail,
    I feel your pain , of late I had to use a walker thing with a seat. There is a pouch under the seat for a 1911 and a large bowie.
     
  17. John Joseph

    John Joseph Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2016
    Messages:
    704
    With four herniated discs I ought to get myself a cane.
    Can't hurt. Might help.
     
  18. Drail

    Drail Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    5,985
    Please talk to your doctor about that before you buy one. Leaning on a cane with one arm could make your herniated discs much worse if you lean to one side. In the end if you do go with a cane be sure it is cut for the correct length for you. Too long or too short can really misalign your spine. You must carefully control your posture walking with a cane especially if you have spinal issues. My feelings are a cane is probably better suited to someone with leg issues than spinal issues. No, I am not a doctor but I have spent a lot of years dealing with them.
     
  19. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    51,436
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    As Drail points out, it might hurt. Do talk to your specialist and do get a PT adjust it for you and show you how to use it properly to help with your mobility. Once you've done those things you can branch out into wooden "multipurpose" canes.
     
    Jesse Heywood and bikerdoc like this.
  20. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Messages:
    2,242
    Yeah, I guess cane usage should probably be governed by a health professional if it going to be used for functional stability.

    I just put a hurting on myself with the squat rack at the gym. It's resulted in my bottom two vertebrae being locked down on my pelvis and not moving when I bend pinching a nerve in my leg enough to cause general numbness. My chiropractor is awesome, and he has no doubts I can get it worked out. However, I asked him about using one of my canes while I deal with the numbness.

    He basically said that if I'm not falling down and can pick up my foot, a little tingling is not work screwing up his hard work.

    Leaning on a cane can push you out of alignment. He's of the mind that if you are going to fall over without a cane, then being out of alignment is worth it. If not, there is no reason to spend money on aligning myself so that the symptoms causing me question using a cane cause me push my back out of whack again:D
     
  21. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2009
    Messages:
    2,546
    Location:
    Kansas
    Canes are designed for balance issues. If you need relief from spinal pain, you should be using crutches. They allow a better transfer of weight to the ground.

    Anyone who thinks they need assistance with walking should see a physical therapist. They know far more than physicians or chiropractors about the use of mobility aids. I recently spent two months learning how to walk again under the guidance of a PT. And my ex and one son are PTs.
     
    bikerdoc likes this.
  22. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    7,021
    Location:
    Johnson County Texas
    Jo is a great tech support of a Canes.
     
  23. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Messages:
    20,153
    Location:
    Southern Virginia
    My P T has me up to 500 yds a day with the cane for balance.
     
  24. Drail

    Drail Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    5,985
    Man those Physical Therapists are more fun than a Drill. Sgt. aren't they? I love mine - but he sure knows how to put a hurt on your butt. But I can still walk thanks to him.
     
  25. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Messages:
    20,153
    Location:
    Southern Virginia
    My guy was actually a D I :D I airborne him every chance I get ( he was a leg)
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice