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The "Walker Stick"

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by PRM, Nov 26, 2012.

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  1. PRM

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    One of my hobbies is making walking sticks. I got a little bored over Thanksgiving. Between watching a little TV - well a lot of TV, I ventured into the man cave to work on a walking stick project. Recently, we have gotten into watching AMC(s) "The Walking Dead." Never thought I would get into a Zombie series, but the story line is great.

    A few weeks ago, I purchased an ice axe walking stick handle from Treeline Woodcraft for $15.95. The shaft is a piece of oak that I cut about 35 years ago and had been sitting in the back of a closet. Guess you say its cured. The stain is Minwax Dark Walnut and the rubber tips I got off of ebay.

    I spent a couple of hours rasping and sanding until everything fit. Then came the stain, followed by 5 coats of polyurethane. The axe head was a tight fit, but, I secured it with Gorilla Glue Epoxy.

    A lot of folks have started carrying a cane for self defense as well as a medical device. My "Walker Stick" fits the bill for aggressive dogs,...as well as the occasional "Walker Zombie" LOL.

    http://www.treelineusa.com/walking-sticks-and-canes/cane-handles/ice-axe-cane-handle.html
     

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  2. hso

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    Nifty website and nice work.
     
  3. Owen Sparks

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    Nice work.

    Any idea what it weighs?
     
  4. rcmodel

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    That is nice!

    Is the ice ax head actual polished brass, or is it plated something else??

    Did you use the 3/8" all-thread, as well as the Gorilla Glue to attach it??

    rc
     
  5. USAF_Vet

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    Very nice.
     
  6. solvability

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    Well done.
     
  7. PRM

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    Not sure on weight - its solid brass. Not too heavy for a walking stick handle, but has some heft.

    rcmodel - It has good depth in the collar portion. About an 1.5 inches. I sanded the shaft down to where it was a tight fit. The Gorilla Glue Epoxy is some of the best, liberally applied to the inside, I really doubt it would ever come loose. I didn't see the need of using the threaded rod.
     
  8. rcmodel

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    It sure would have added a lot of strength if you ever needed to whack a zombie though!!

    rc
     
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    What a novel idea for the head. I've always appreciated the functionality of the classic ice axe and in miniature on a walking stick would be a great nod to a mountaineering past for someone.
     
  10. Deltaboy1984

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    Very nice walking stick.
     
  11. glistam

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    Really nice idea. I might make one myself, either to keep or send to my relative in Italy who was climber. Hmm, maybe I'll make two.
     
  12. bikerdoc

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    I like the way you worked it into a work of eye candy as well as being functional.
     
  13. Piraticalbob

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    It's a variation on the Shepherd's Axe, which used to be a common tool in eastern Europe. Called variously fokos, ciupaga, or valaska, the Shepherd's axe was carried by - - you guessed it - - shepherds and others who traveled outdoors often.

    Bram Stoker mentioned the Shepherd's Axe in Dracula:

    Now and again we passed a leiter-wagon--the ordinary peasants's cart--with its long, snakelike vertebra, calculated to suit the inequalities of the road. On this were sure to be seated quite a group of homecoming peasants, the Cszeks with their white, and the Slovaks with their coloured sheepskins, the latter carrying lance-fashion their long staves, with axe at end.


    United Cutlery has a "Kommando Survival Axe" that is obviously a Shepherd's Axe. I've been hoping that Cold Steel would make one, but so far no such luck. A good woodworker could probably make you one by using one of Cold Steel's tomahawk heads.

    Among custom makers, Joseph Szilaski will make a Shepherd's Axe (and charge ABS Master Smith prices), as will Walk By Faith 777.

    You can also find them on eBay, both antique Shepherd's Axes and modern, hand-forged axe heads.

    They're a great tool.
     
  14. Owen Sparks

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    A similar weapon on a long shaft was used to pull mounted knights off their horses in battle.
     
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    Double posted
     
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    Looks great! I'm with RC though, the all thread would make it stronger...
     
  17. grumps

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    How does it feel in the hand after using it for a day? Is it comfortable? Does the angle of the handle feel correct when walking? Some of the hames I have tried don't fit my hand or the angle isn't comfortable to use all day. I ask cause I assume you attatched it square on the shaft, it is possible to make an angle when putting it on but if it would be more comfortable if it was a couple degrees off straight it might work better. Just asking in a round about way if straight works well or if it would be better angled a few degrees?
     
  18. PRM

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    grumps - It really doesn't feel that bad. I've had a few friends look at it and like it also. I think Treeline is going to get some business from this one.

    Just personal - but, I like the flat side to the rear better when carrying it. I wanted something unique, functional, different, and a nice conversation piece. It definitely fits the bill in all areas. Does it have the feel of some of the modern ergo style cane handles - NO. But, its in a class all of its own.
     
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    I just got one of these tops. Wondering what type of wood it should go, cocobolo, purpleheart, jatoba, or hickory.

    WoodSamples.jpg
     
  20. PRM

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    I'd say you need 3 more handles :)
     
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    Ultimately I went with the Jatoba. They make martial arts sticks out of it so it's plenty strong. Like the color with the brass too.

    Mounting, I opted for a 3/8" bolt that I sunk into the wood (pilot hole then turned with a pipe wrench), then hack-sawed off the head and screwed on the handle. Will have picks once the finish is done.
     
  22. oldbear

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    PRM, you did a hell of a job on that walking stick, you should be very proud of the outcome of you labor:).
     
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    looks nice
     
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