Sword and Brandy Canes
Below you will find many different types of sword canes to choose from. These canes are often used as novelty items, to be given as a gift or solely for decoration around the home. Whether you are seeking a cane for this purpose or to walk with, these sword canes make an excellent choice. Unlike any other cane in the way that the actual cane is a case that covers the sword, sword collectors often like these as much as cane collectors. See the selection below to find one that fits your needs. Featured article found on sword canes.
Nobody knows for sure when the sword cane was first introduced to the market,
but it does have a long and rich history. In fact, its roots go
at least as far back as the 17th or 18th century when canes were
a fashionable accessory for high class men.
It was around this time that the cane took the place of the sword
as a necessary piece of a European gentleman's attire. It
was a fashionable and decorative accessory. It also could be used
as a weapon, fulfilling some of the function that had been carried
by the sword. The standard cane was made of Malacca wood with a
rounded metal grip. Some canes had specially weighted metalwork.
Eventually the fashion evolved and manufacturers began offering
swordsticks as well. Swordsticks were a special type of cane that
concealed a blade within the stem.
These swordsticks were the original gadget cane. The novelty of
them spread to other concealed gadgets within canes. Tradesman and
others that wished to appear as gentleman began carrying some of
these gadget canes. Instead of swords, the canes carried the tools
of the carrier's trade.
The rich beginnings of these high quality swords make them a novelty
for collectors today. The sword canes that are produced today are
made of the most lavish materials with some of the most intricately
designed handles and shafts. Many of the handles are made of sterling
silver and carved into animal heads or other ornate designs. Some
of the handles are carved out of Malacca wood as are the shafts.
Other fine woods are also used to make the shafts of these designer
pieces. Materials such as bamboo or Bubinga are common for these
Sword canes are often made to be replicas of collector or museum
pieces. This allows people in all income brackets to enjoy the splendor
of these canes. They usually hold stainless steel, fencing style
swords. They are illegal in some states and require a special permit
in others. Most of them come with dual locking systems for added
The sword cane is still used by some today, but is mostly a collector
item. They come in many lavish and intricate designs and are available
in every price range. These fancy canes are made for fashion or
display but do not generally support weight well. However you decide
to use yours, it is sure to be a great conversation piece.