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Decorative And Fashionable Walking Canes
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.
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.
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.
This derby style cane, with marbled golden orange handle and beechwood shaft is both decorative and functional
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.
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.