Pros: Durability, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Finish, None
From A Long Time Cane User
I have a degenerative disease that's slowly taking away my balance and ability to walk, so I've been relying on a cane for a minimum of a decade, and slowly transitioning to a walker and a wheelchair. Still, I keep a cane with me so I can get up in tight places and maneuver around, like in corner seatings in restaurants. Over time, I've managed to collect 40+ canes, and this is my 4th sword cane.My review here is less about the sword than about some of the comments about the grip and the "stealth," and it's use as an actual cane.The grip is pretty horrible. There's two primary cane grips: a t-grip and a crook grip. A t-grip is preferred by most people who need a cane for ortho purposes. This is very close to a t-grip, but a little short. A normal t-grip extents in front of the cane slightly to alleviate the stress on the hand from extended use, especially in long-term standing. Also the back of the grip is usually a little longer. So in terms of "stealth," the cane already looks much different than a normal cane, and is a little more painful to use over an extended amount of time.There is a mod for this, and a way to hide it, once I get to the slipperiness of the handle. The grip is nice and fat at both ends, and you can make two round "extensions" out of simple spools carved to shape, and attached to both ends of the cane. Obviously this is going to stick out like a sore thumb, and mostly it's just a cosmetic effect. It will never be as strong as long as it's not part of the integral design. You can skip doing this. I did.But that brings us back to the "plastic" handle. Maybe you don't live in a wet climate, where it doesn't snow, and you don't have to use gloves. I hate your guts. Slippery, wet canes just slide out of my vinyl gloves. So I took Plasti Dip and dabbed it on thick onto the grip with those foam brushes. Dabbed it, not painted it. This gave the handle a textured, aggressive grip, and can cover up the cosmetic "extensions" to both ends seamlessly. It also really makes the grip comfortable, and looks more like a custom orthopedic design.Of course, the "slippery when wet" thing means I have to figure out a way to make the tube part discretely "grippy" enough to pull without looking weirdly out of place, unlike the grip.Making the cane tube look as plain as possible works against the idea of "stealth," oddly enough. If you look at most canes, you'll see that most of them have a faux gold or silver connection between the top of the tube and the bottom of the grip. You can mimic this with carefully cut to size layers of silver foil tape, or if you have a rotary cutter, a rounded plumbing joint. I actually just cannibalized one of my other sword canes.Finally, the tip. Yes, the tip is awful. This was designed as a sword cane, not an ortho device. Cut the cane to size and find an appropriate tip. A crutch tip fits better than the standard cane tip, but I really recommend the Thomas Fetterman Crutch Tips. For the guy that wanted to add lead to the tip, well, that's extreme, but these tips are heavier than normal tips, but they're unbeatable for slippery surfaces, and, well, you just have to see them at http://www.fetterman-crutches.com/tips/cane/. Remember, if you cut the cane to size (which I recommend), and use a cheap replacement tip, stick a washer the width of the cane tube into the tip so it doesn't eventually push through the tip as the tip wears down with use.Great sword cane, okay ortho cane, but a lot of mods to get it there, and still look normal as well. Obviously made by sword cane makers who don't use canes.