Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by chiltech500, May 23, 2014.
Adding Lead will get him in Trouble.
The story is told of the guy in Illinois that tried to relieve my Gramps of his wallet. In less than a minute he was on the ground with a stock cane on his chest wondering how on earth an elderly man managed to disarm (knife) so quickly and effectively.
In the 60s, actually 1960 to 1965, I was a part time Bouncer in Liverpool UK, 4 years at The Cavern Club, of Beatle fame, and a year at The Blue Angel, a night club on Seal St, on the edge of a not so good area.
Some times the fights were wee riots, multiple upset would be patrons, that we would not let in. For those times, we would have some items hanging around, in my case, an Ebony ruler, I think from a Bank. This was a round smooth 1" rod, 18" long.
The reason it was used as a ruler, using a pen nib, if you wanted to draw a line, under line etc. A flat ruler would blot! The round one, not.
Anyhow, it was in my family for years, I drilled a hole in it, around 5" from the end, and used a leather boot lace as a thumb hold.
Only used it a few times (Riots were not a nightly experience!) but strikes to hands and arms, were incredibly effective. A young guy, pushing his left hand forward in a boxing stance? Whack! Down or up, either way, cast on the next day, and no one wanted to punch with that left fist any more!
It fitted up the right jacket sleeve.
People always vastly over estimate how little impact it takes to break some of the phalanges and metacarpal bones in the hand. A light fast stick can disable an attacker in a ridiculous way. Hands cannot take impacts well at all.
Please do NOT suggest these sorts of things.
I am genuinely handicapped with a total inability to run or even put full weight on only my right leg, I am also short and weigh 160lbs . Thus certain self-defense scenarios would grant more latitude for me with a cane for example.
Also, fortunately I live in PA where the "Castle Doctrine" is law so I don't need to face only deadly force as a caveat to use deadly force. I just attended an NRA seminar with our County's District Attorney as a speaker.
The cane is actually more of a thought for visiting New York City or other states where CCW is not possible.
A note on the handle, I think you might want to look at a "Derby" style handle, or even better a "Fritz" style one. Both are good at taking my whole weight, the fritz one was the best. I could put almost all my weight on the cane and have very good balance with a Fritz handle.
Ash is very tough, slightly flexible, and tends to be relatively dry (low water content) while green, so it can be cut and worked into a cane and finished without a prolonged seasoning (drying out) process. Also very bland wood, not irritating like oak, and does not splinter readily. Hickory is also quite similar, and as we all know, is favored for tool handles for these same properties. Oak splits too easily especially if the piece is not made following the natural grain pattern, this is why thin spindles in chairs are hand split and lightly shaved, otherwise will split in use. I have seen quite a few older gentlemen w/ canes lately and most are not limping. I think we have a real expert woodworker/chair maker on this forum if he wants to weigh in on this.
Certain parts of the body, give maximum pain transfer! The front of the shin!
Slide up between the legs! All these strikes need speed, not power!
Bayonet strikes to the sternum, the reason you do not want to strike for the head and neck, too my mind, you are now in grab area!
When you slash/strike, maximum speed! That is why you do not need weight, slows down hit speed, hard to re cock.
Wild Scottish scream as you hit.
ETA: Only problem with the City Stick (& similar designs) for me is that I found when I NEEDED a cane to help get around for a bit, I really needed something with a handle.
You're closer to me than SamCade is. Hope you'll consider going down to the 2015 AKTA throw next May. Would love to introduce you to the sport - maybe get you to try out knife and tomahawk throwing, shooting blowguns and using slingshots!
Walking cane shafts: http://www.walkingcaneco.com/walking-canes/Walking-Cane-Shafts/Walking-Cane-Shafts.asp
Fancy Tips: http://www.walkingcaneco.com/walking-canes/Brass-and-Silver-Walking-Cane-Tips/Brass-and-Silver-Walking-Cane-Tips.asp
Collars (hiding the handle / shaft joint): http://www.walkingcaneco.com/walking-canes/Walking-Cane-Collars/Walking-Cane-Collars.asp
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