Every month our search results from our website Walking Sticks Online always feature sword sticks or sword canes. A friend of mine had a grandad who had a sword stick with a scary face on the shaft and a great big shiny sword concealed inside to scare the boys when they got a bit unruly. He remembers the cane as a part of his grandad and just a collectible object.
Sword canes consist of a hollow shaft with a blade (or foil) attached to the handle concealed inside the shaft. If you do a quick Google search you will find bamboo was frequently used for the shaft as it is naturally hollow. Others are made of different wood which is later carved to look like bamboo and Malacca wood was used mostly. Sword canes were very fashionable in the 18th and 19th Centuries but today they are bought by collectors or as props for theatrical or film productions.
But according to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988, ISBN 0-11-088019-6 it is illegal to trade in sword canes in England and Wales. However, antique sword sticks which are 100 years old or older are exempt. Depending on where you live in the world, the law regarding carrying or keeping a concealed weapon may vary.
There are many websites specialising in sword sticks. I found an excellent South African site and quite a few American sites. The UK sites selling sword canes seem to all be antique dealers.
A sword cane seems an irresistible temptation to the walking stick collector and you can certainly buy some truly great works of art out there.
We don’t sell any at Walking Sticks Online but we do have some great handmade, handcarved and collectible canes in stock for you.