Fashion is a huge part of our lives that represents our sense of beauty and inner condition. Therefore, it is important to surround yourself with beautiful things. In this blog we want to share with you about fashionable canes and walking sticks.
Fashionable canes and walking sticks
A cane is a rod fabricated from wood, metal, plastic, or glass, used by individuals as walking aids, ceremonial or professional batons, or fashionable accessories. Some historians and collectors distinguish canes from walking sticks by materials, with the former constructed from bamboo and reed plants, and the latter from wood, ivory, or bone. Others distinguish on the basis of geographic linguistics-a cane in America is a walking stick in Europe.
Components and materials
Most walking sticks and canes consist of a handle, shaft, and ferrules, one between the handle and the shaft to support the cane and conceal the juncture where the two meet, and one, at the bottom of the stick, to prevent wear of the shaft and to prevent splitting.
Wood is the most popular material for the shaft, and almost any kind of wood can be used-for example, chestnut, ebony, or beech. Naturally, the more expensive the wood, the more valuable the cane, and choice of material has historically helped to convey the status of the owner. For example, malacca wood, found only in the Malacca district of Malaysia, must be specially cultivated, and Irish blackthorn is a slow-growing wood that must be cut in parts and set aside for years to harden before it can be fashioned into a walking stick. Both types of canes are considered to be highly desirable for collectors. Other materials include ivory, bone, horn, and even glass. Metal and synthetic materials are also frequently used as orthopedic aids.
A cane's handle is traditionally decorative. Tops can be constructed from silver, gold, ivory, horn, or wood. They may also be fitted with precious gems.
In addition to symbolic ceremonial usage, canes and walking sticks were also indispensable fashion accessories for men and women between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, used to display a sense of gentility and social propriety. During this period, canes could be distinguished by day and evening use, and it was assumed that an individual of good social standing would have a cane for every occasion, much in the way that women had an array of daily toilettes. Day canes were wide-ranging in their styles, and rare and expensive materials, ornamentation, and intricate decoration helped to express wealth and taste to others. While men's sticks were stately, women's sticks were often delicately accentuated with ribbons or gilding. Evening sticks were more homogeneous in style. Traditional evening canes were usually made from ebony and were narrower and sometimes shorter than day sticks. Silver knobs or gold bands decorated ferrules and handles. These types of canes are those of popular imagination, featuring heavily into early twentieth-century Hollywood films.
The idea of a fancy cane as a fashion accessory long ago came with a top hat and tails and was popularized in many song-and-dance acts. Today, canes make a fashion statement just like regular day accessories.
Aristocratic characters with canes in hand can be seen in beloved stories like Willy Wonka and The Great Gatsby. We believe every person in the world in need of better mobility also deserves an affordable yet fashionable cane. Most canes on the market are plain and uncomfortable, failing to help users be pain-free as they walk in style. A true walking cane should be aesthetically-pleasing so one feels light on their feet and full of confidence.
Canes are meant to assist the people we love walk better, but they should also provide a level of comfort and functionality. That’s why we create walking canes and sticks, because we believe people deserve walking canes that are both useful and beautiful.