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Decorative And Fashionable Walking Canes

Updated on February 1, 2015

Elegant Canes and Walking Sticks

I know many collectors of walking canes and sticks, in fact I live with one. I understand the interest in canes as they can be both stylish and practical. They vary from plain woods, chestnut, ash, bamboo... through an enormous variety of patterns and carvings, to exquisite walking sticks decorated with precious metals, ivory and gemstones.

You may not have the choice about using a walking stick, but you can at least chose one that is right for you, and with a style that you like.

The photo, which is in the public domain, was taken at the City Museum in Hakasalmi Villa, Helsinki. It is labelled Walking Stick, Daniel Kullberg, 1773

Canes and Walking Sticks to suit your style and needs

The first question to ask yourself is 'why do I want a cane?' Perhaps you are looking for a new cane for your collection? Or, perhaps, you need one for mobility? Some canes will fulfil both purposes, but some will not.

It is particularly important, if you need a cane for mobility purposes, that you find one with sufficient strength and rigidity to do the job. A beautiful cane that collapses the first time you use it could be disastrous.

If like me, you are not particularly big or strong, you will also have to consider the weight of the cane. I do like the look of blackthorn canes, for example, but they are mostly too heavy for me to use.

So, what's best for me? Well, that's easy: a cane that is both stylish and practical, a plain and strong wood shaft, given a touch of elegance by a decorative handle.

Knob Handle Canes

Knob handle canes can be both elegant and reassuring. For a heavier or less able person, choose a cane with a hardwood shaft, capable of supporting their weight. You will easily find brass or wood knob handles. If you have a bigger budget, you may also find silver or jewelled knob handles.

Mad Hatter Multi Wood Knob Handle Walking Stick With Wenge Wood Shaft and Two Tone Collar
Mad Hatter Multi Wood Knob Handle Walking Stick With Wenge Wood Shaft and Two Tone Collar

Wood has a natural attraction as you can see with this sophisticated multi wood knob handle cane

 

Walking around in the park

Should feel better than work:

The lake, the sunshine,

The grass to lie on...

— Philip Larkin

Adjustable Patterned Canes

These chic designer canes are convenient and comfortable to use. They are constructed of light-weight aluminum, and are adjustable to suit your height, with a mechanism that is sturdy and easy-to-use. Some can be folded, to keep safely in a hand-bag - anyone who has been to a restaurant with an elderly or infirm cane user will know how important this is. It's no fun to have the server trip over your cane...

This type of stick also lends itself to printing detailed and high-definition pattern. You can chose from different colors and eye-catching patterns, all produced with high-definition and fine detail.

Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar
Blue Skies Butterfly Designer Adjustable Derby Walking Cane with Engraved Collar

Beautiful butterflies, in several bright colors, in flight over a deep blue sky. An engraved collar adds elegance touch to a lovely walking cane.

 

How to use a walking stick correctly

If you are new to using a walking stick, it's helpful to learn the correct technique from the start.

Wooden Shaft Derby Canes

These functional designer walking canes have maple, bamboo or beechwood shafts and derby handles. Shafts are 36 inches long, with a durable rubber tip. You can choose a print wrap to suit the personality of the cane user... leopard spots pattern, snakeskin pattern or a simple black.

Marbled Orange Acrylic Walking Cane Derby Handle Black Wooden Shaft
Marbled Orange Acrylic Walking Cane Derby Handle Black Wooden Shaft

This derby style cane, with marbled golden orange handle and beechwood shaft is both decorative and functional

 

Cane Collecting

Whether you are a seasoned collector or just beginning your interest, I can recommend Canes and Walking Sticks: A Stroll Through Time and Place. It is a fascinating read for walking stick collectors and anyone who has been intrigued by walking sticks.

Canes & Walking Sticks: A Stroll Through Time and Place (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Canes & Walking Sticks: A Stroll Through Time and Place (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

This fascinating book includes more than 760 color photographs of canes & walking sticks, from different eras, and in many designs. You can discover formal canes, with ivory, silver and gold handles, folk art sticks, with original carved and painted designs, and relic canes from shipwrecks and historical sites.

 

Are you a collector or maker of canes? - Which is your favorite cane?

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      Sorry to hear that you sometimes HAVE to use a cane, Lorelei. But, at least, you do know how to use a cane correctly. And, indeed, have one that is sturdy and comfortable. Best wishes for the new year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      My chronic illness flares in varying degrees and every so often it involves my having to use a cane to walk. When I was first doing training to walk with the cane I was surprised that you used the opposite hand to the leg needing the cane. I have three canes as I inherited my fathers but my favorite is a one specifically designed to be used with a left leg injury. It is so sturdy and comfortable on the hand that I actually don't mind at all when I have to use it. I would love to own a good quality carved stick cane though.

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      Sorry to hear about your health issues, but you do seem to have found some solutions. Cane collecting is a great hobby - there are so many unique canes out there, just waiting to be found...

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      I have a dozen canes. I use many all day. I am legally blind and have back, hip and leg issues so I need a support cane. Before I had too much pain I just used my white blind cane. So I have 3 of those I don't use anymore. I have one folding cane that is pretty with sun moon and stars. I have to have the curved handle. Dad collected canes that his Dad made so we have quite a few canes. My favorite of my Dad's looks like a pool or billiards stick with a white ball on top. In side it reveals a sword! I am not sure how old it is but I am sure it is at least 60 or more because he got it when I was a kid. Great hub!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Great collection here...my favorite are the Faberge cane handles.

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      chas65 4 years ago

      We have sold antique walking canes for years, and they really make some neat ones. Some of these are so decorative.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I don't make or collect canes but I think they're interesting.

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