For the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL KNIVES, reviewer Phil Elmore examined the various products and tactics associated with the “fighting cane.” Speaking with a number of instructors and designers, Elmore explores the surprisingly abundant methods for turning a walking cane into a potent self-defense weapon.

“Very little is as simple as using the “fighting cane.” Swinging the cane and striking with the back of the crook produces heavy blows. Smashing the cane forward with a hand at either end allows the user to fend off an approaching attacker. Thrusting with the tip can also prove effective, while the crook gives the user a means of retaining the weapon should the opponent try to grab the tip,” notes Elmore in his article.

The everyday quality of the cane was another benefit Elmore identified, as older persons could carry the item without drawing undue attention. “The cane makes sense as a self-defense tool for multiple reasons, particularly if one is already relying on the cane for mobility. Even a young person (if he or she can find a way to justify carrying a crook-top cane) can use that cane both on adverse terrain and in self-defense. The cane offers extended reach and a means of blocking knives and other sharp weapons.”

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