Date Published: 2015-04-10

Sword Canes: You Need to Own One


By Adelia Ladson

The sword cane or swordstick , as it has been called in the past, really became a popular fashion accessory for gentlemen during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. This was because it was becoming politically incorrect to carry a sword out in the open. But when you spend all of that time learning how to use sword, it's kind of difficult to give it up. So, the cleverly hidden blade became the "thing".
Over the years, as swordsmanship became a dying art and some European countries started restricting them, the sword cane saw a decline in popularity. But with the ever increasing emphasis on personal self-defense, today, these wonderfully handy little items have seen a comeback.
Axios Sword Cane Kit Rae's Axios Sword Canes are the most popular buys and they come in a choice of crimson or black.
Axios Sword Cane Kit Rae's Axios Sword Canes are the most popular buys and they come in a choice of crimson or black.
In today's society, discreet self-defense items are a must-have and there are many choices available from the neck knife to the stun gun flashlight. Yet, none are so elegant and stylish as the sword cane. While most of the items in the discreet self-defense category are meant to be carefully hidden away on your person, the sword cane can be proudly displayed and admired by your friends without them ever knowing its secret. Unless, of course, you're confronted by a less than savory individual, which then, gives you the opportunity to amaze them with your proficiency in self-defense.

Learning to use the sword cane for self-defense is much like using the traditional defense techniques you would use with a cane or fencing. The French really explored and developed this form of martial arts in Europe with their Canne de Combat discipline. Eventually, it was also codified during the late 1970s as a sport which is still practiced in France. If you can't quite get to France this year, don't worry. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet on cane fighting and fencing, which have many of the same moves and techniques, or you might just drop into a class.

Self Defense Sword Cane Gil Hibben's Self Defense Sword Cane has a sleek looking mirror polished blade.
Self Defense Sword Cane Gil Hibben's Self Defense Sword Cane has a sleek looking mirror polished blade.
As the ultimate in functionality goes, the Cold Steel Battle Ready Sword Cane is really the best option in a cane sword. Its construction of heat-treated aluminum with a carbon steel blade is strong enough to take down an assailant. The heavy-duty nylon crook handle and thick rubber end cap makes it truly a great addition to your personal defense arsenal because it is designed to actually be used as a walking cane. This is an excellent choice for someone who needs a little extra support in walking but wants the security of knowing they won't be defenseless. Another excellent choice is one of Kit Rae's Axios Sword Canes. These lovely pieces come in either your choice of a Damascus steel blade or a carbon steel blade. However, the cast metal hilt not only provides a comfortable grip but also is an elegant showpiece. The shaft is made of a sturdy hardwood and also has the rubber end cap for traction on uneven surfaces. Kit Rae has built-in both function and style into his sword canes.

Grim Reaper Pocket Folder Sword Canes come with a variety of different decorative handles. Take your pick based on your taste.
Grim Reaper Pocket Folder Sword Canes come with a variety of different decorative handles. Take your pick based on your taste.
Style, though, is what really made the cane an item to have a couple of centuries go and it still applies, now. People love to complete their outfits or costumes (for the cosplay folks) with these wonderful accessories. But isn't it even more impressive when you show that yours has a little something extra to it? The Eagle Tribute Sword Cane is definitely something that would complete your Steampunk costume with its intricately detailed eagle head. You could also give it as a gift to your favorite veteran. Another fabulous one, especially if you are looking something with a Goth design, is the Preserved Skull Sword Cane. It has a lethally beautiful design that features a transparent handle that skulls leer out of and a sleek stainless steel blade.

If, however, the sword cane "is not your thing", there is another wonderful option you should consider – the Samurai Katana Umbrella. You will reap the same benefits of having a discreet personal defense item in your hand but with the added benefit of protecting you from the elements, as well. Yet, another awesome example of dual purpose design. And, hey, if you can't decide, just get one of each!


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