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05-30-2018 02:13 AM
Hagalaz I have an old hickory shovel handle with three bands of steel around the bottom that I used as a walking stick years back. It was basically a banded mace, but no one batted an eye because it was used as walking stick.
05-29-2018 01:56 AM
kl0an My brother works for a Defense Contractor in Korea and regularly finds himself waiting in lines of over 500 people all trying to get on the plane heading back to South Korea. The last time he stopped in and met me along the away. I took him out to Bonneville Powerplant along the Columbia River in Oregon and they had a nice gift shop and he found a straight cane with a Hame Ball on the end for your hand. Take a look at a plow horse collar. Basically it's a brass know that's about 1-1/2" diameter. You can push that down over the top of your walking stick and put a screw in to hold it in place.

I also wrapped some paracord from the hame ball down about 6" just so I have some cord I can use if the need comes up.

If you hold that cane by the other end and hit someone with the end where the ball is, damage WILL be done.

Anyway, back to the initial part of the story.. Use your walking stick (whether you need it or not) and walk up to the line getting on the plane. They'll load you right after first class when they call for anyone needing help or having small kids.

He was standing in the line about 200 people back and a stewardess saw him and walked all the way back to him and said "Come with me, Sir" and she walked him right up to the front of the line.

He says he'll never fly without one again.
02-04-2018 08:04 AM
Popeye Doyle
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Originally Posted by GrizzlyetteAdams View Post
I don't know if this idea has been mentioned in this thread...

I am toying with the idea of filling a regular hollow aluminum walking cane with concrete. Then, practice throwing it in the manner of a throwing stick. I am guessing that a sideways technique would work better than an overhand throw...

That'll teach them whippersnappers.
Just buy a spear.
02-04-2018 01:09 AM
Goblin X
nice sized piece of cured

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Originally Posted by SheepDog68 View Post
You could easily go with a smaller diameter stick to keep the weight down of course, but for a hand filling stick thatís well weighed, flexible enough to not easily break and hard enough to shrug off damage there are only a few viable choices!

SD
and lacquered Bamboo. in my younger and stupid days, couple of us would do a impromptu pugli bout with green bamboo lengths.
usually end up, after adding alcohol in copious amounts, with stitches, concussions, lot of bruising and the occasional broken bones.

CO finally re-instituted smokers on the fantail so we could burn off some steam and not quite beat each other so badly. kept us sober, burnt of agitation, but the only rule was no grudge matches between officer and enlisted.
02-03-2018 12:56 PM
SheepDog68
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Originally Posted by sixtus View Post
We got a lot of folk using them over here. But certainly its a personal preference what folk want to carry.
You could easily go with a smaller diameter stick to keep the weight down of course, but for a hand filling stick thatís well weighed, flexible enough to not easily break and hard enough to shrug off damage there are only a few viable choices!

SD
02-03-2018 09:10 AM
Goblin X then they are the beaver bill forge 36" walking canes. he does em custom on the head and shaft. i wouldnt want to get hit with one.... www.beaverbill.com
02-03-2018 12:47 AM
kl0an The brass pomel you're discussing is part of a horse collar for draft horses. Has a long tongue, about 4-5" that has holes that you can put a bolt through to attach to your cane. The round brass knob fits in the palm of your hand when walking and Will put a devestating knot on your victims head when smacked with it holding the pointed end of the cane.

Take a look at this instructable for another option using parts of a maglite for your handle and has survival kit and compass in handle. Very interesting. I've got a couple of old maglites I'm pondered making into one of these.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Survival-Walking-Stick/
01-30-2018 01:34 AM
sixtus
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Originally Posted by SheepDog68 View Post
They fall into the too heavy side of the equation! I have lots of choices, but for me hickory is the sweet spot!

SD
We got a lot of folk using them over here. But certainly its a personal preference what folk want to carry.
01-29-2018 11:10 PM
Adventure Wolf This is a good idea. Never thought of it. Thank you.
01-29-2018 06:43 PM
john1969
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Originally Posted by GrizzlyetteAdams View Post
Yes, eleven pages! Twelve! So my embarrassingly stupid post gets buried. Sheesh. (I still can't believe I said that.)
We're here to learn.
01-29-2018 06:35 PM
john1969
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Anyone who thinks a cane isn't a deadly weapon never met my Grandfather.
Any good stories to share?
01-29-2018 02:17 PM
Optimist Am drying a couple of billets of black locust for use in this kind of build. Cut half a dozen for making bow-staves and came up with two thick ones that aren't long enough to use for arrow launching....
01-28-2018 04:58 PM
SheepDog68
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Originally Posted by sixtus View Post
Most tropical hardwoods beat hickory by a good margin for density, hardness and durability. Some ironwoods and ironbarks around the world are even harder. The good news is you guys have an ironwood over there which is right up there with African ebony. Its probably expensive and a pain to work but these woods are so dense they don't float in water, and they break what they hit.
They fall into the too heavy side of the equation! I have lots of choices, but for me hickory is the sweet spot!

SD
01-28-2018 10:50 AM
sixtus
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Originally Posted by SheepDog68 View Post
Sorry I somehow missed this until reading back over this thread today!

I use nose high staffs and cane length crooks and knobbed end sticks!

I like hickory harvested as a sapling and dried for several years! If there is a better wood I’ve not found it!

Yes there are many other useful wood types, but hickory hits high marks in weight, strength, flexibility, low vibration transmission to you when in use etc!

Most tropical hardwoods beat hickory by a good margin for density, hardness and durability. Some ironwoods and ironbarks around the world are even harder. The good news is you guys have an ironwood over there which is right up there with African ebony. Its probably expensive and a pain to work but these woods are so dense they don't float in water, and they break what they hit.
01-28-2018 07:15 AM
SheepDog68 I even have a stockmanís crook cane hooked over the jogging stroller to use as a dog stick! I use to use it regularly to keep aggressive dogs off the baby, but once my buddies went after one of the dogs the owner set on them while walking down the street with smiles on their faces and drawn steel and I promised the same to the ďniceĒ but stupid owner of the other main culprit itís been much less exciting walking around town!

SD
01-27-2018 08:51 PM
GrizzlyetteAdams
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Because it's fun.
Let's go eleven.
Yes, eleven pages! Twelve! So my embarrassingly stupid post gets buried. Sheesh. (I still can't believe I said that.)
01-27-2018 08:26 PM
xstuntman Because it's fun.
Let's go eleven.

My cane (actually a gentlemans walking stick) is thick walled aluminum with wooden dowel inside which gives it some weight. Think fashionable bat. Cold Steels got nothing on this.
01-27-2018 02:28 PM
Grizz12 Plenty of videos on youtube related to self-defense with canes/sticks, why did this thread go 10 pages?????
01-27-2018 02:11 PM
SheepDog68
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Originally Posted by Popeye Doyle View Post
+1

SheepDog, do you prefer a traditional wooden model, or one of the new fangled lightweight aluminum ones?
Sorry I somehow missed this until reading back over this thread today!

I use nose high staffs and cane length crooks and knobbed end sticks!

I like hickory harvested as a sapling and dried for several years! If there is a better wood Iíve not found it!

Yes there are many other useful wood types, but hickory hits high marks in weight, strength, flexibility, low vibration transmission to you when in use etc!

Cold Steel poly isnít too bad!

Metal is cold (winter can be brutal), noisy, vibrates the heck out of you when you wack something and doesnít contain enough mass unless custom made or designed as a weapon (which could be problematic)!

Stockmanís canes specially the heavier ones can be modified into a very useful stick! Steamed to open the crook, pencil or chisel point crook end, flame stick to darken and bring out grain, sand and oil the stick makes it much better!

Finished off with a quality rubber cane tip gives you a very useful tool!

Iíve not played with winter tips yet, but there is a lot to be gained from that on ice!

SD
01-27-2018 01:45 PM
GrizzlyetteAdams Correction is noted. Thanks.
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