When looking to purchase a cane there are several factors to consider. The styles and materials used in cane making differ a great deal. Consumers need to understand about basic cane varieties before looking to make a purchase. Vintage canes can be found for sale in several locations such as online outlets, antique shops and second hand resale shops. Canes that are found online or at resale shops are often more reasonably priced then those found at other outlets.
For the most part all canes are composed similarly. Walking canes are created of an elongated, durable post that has a handle or knob to rest a hand on. Not only have canes been used as supportive walking devices but have also been used as fashion accessories. The main element to look for in a cane is comfort especially when looking to purchase a cane as a stability device.
Canes classically used for walking are mainly made from wood, glass, bone or strong plastic; most often they are referred to as walking sticks. When you are interested inpurchasing a cane and adorn it with a topper or badge they should shop around as removable toppers come in a variety of animals or birds.
Round shaped knobs adorn walking canes; these are known as knob-handled walking sticks. Knobs on this style of cane are usually created from a variety of wood, metals, glass or plastic. Sometimes wooden knobbed walking canes are created from the same piece of wood from the post to the cane. Other material selections like metal, glass or plastic are either glued or screwed into the cane.
Cane users that are looking for fashionable canes to wear as an accessory piece are known as dress canes. The more decorative the cane the better when it comes to canes that are used as accessories. Dress canes most often come from antler materials or bone. Dress canes are most often used in evening outings.
The oldest style of cane available on the market are known as crook canes. The handles on these canes are shaped similarly to a shepherd’s cane. Crook canes of the modern era offer a less exaggerated, shorter version of the shepherd hook. If an individual is looking to use the cane as extra support this is the style of cane that is most often chose.
Another popular option in canes is the sword cane. A sword cane comes with a hidden blade sunk inside a cane post. The topper of the cane is attached to the sword not the cane post. This allows the cane to easily be pulled from the base. In a dangerous situation a cane can be pulled from the post. A sword cane can be considered a concealed weapon and therefore are illegal in quite a few states.
There are numerous aspects to look into when purchasing a cane. The type of cane you purchase will depend on if you are looking to display the piece as part of a collection or for use the piece for the purpose of stability.