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Would you Wear a Cane?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mmh, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Oleg

    Oleg Well-Known Member

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    Only if I walked with a limp as a result of a bullet to the thigh in either the Crimean or Boer War. I gather they're also useful for dealing with the criminal classes: can be used to thrash the blaggards if they confront you after a late night at your club. And of course if some bounder's been cheating at cards.
     
  2. razl

    razl Well-Known Member

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    I stole a couple of my gradfathers canes. I often walk around the city with my cane and cigar and lift up girls skirts.

    But, do you lift them up with the cigar or the cane?
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I had major surgery and had to walk with a cane for a while. I had to get an awesome cane so I got this super expensive black and silver one. People made fun of me, who knew me because it was typical of me, and people who didn't know me looked at me like I was a jerk because it looked like it was just there to support the look.
     
  4. Requiem

    Requiem Well-Known Member

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    How cool would a golf club be, instead of a cane?
     
  5. jblazing

    jblazing Active Member

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    IMO, it's almost insulting to those who have problems walking to use a cane. Additionally, you will look like a complete a** when people ask you about it, and you say "oh, I don't really need it, but it matches my ___."
     
  6. FStyles

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    I broke my foot (3 toes rather) the day before I had to fly to asia for a mofo backpacking trip. ER until 2AM, flight was at 6AM but i said fuck it and went anyway.

    It was a good thing that the rugged stuff was a week later but I carried a pimp ass cane the whole time. was hiking up huangshan in mid Dec with 5 pairs of socks, no shoes and a cane.

    It was pretty wicked.
     
  7. Michael Ay329

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    Unfortunately in my jurisdiction, sword canes are illegal to possess, thus I am limited to concealable handguns as a poor substitute.

    Sadly, I've read such is the same as to cane swords in England as I read a story of a man in London who defended himself from an assault from a group of young ruffians...only to have the Crown Prosecutors charge him with assaulting the ruffians (who had violent criminal records), and then Parliament lowered itself to the whims of the Pacifist crowd (which banned handguns too)...and banned the possession of cane swords throughout England. [​IMG]
     
  8. Taken Aback

    Taken Aback Well-Known Member

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    I'm actually using a cane at times, so wearing one would be a moot issue. I just hobble about with an average stained wood one, but I'd upgrade if the need were more permanent. Even in that situation, I wouldn't be caught dead with some aluminum adjustable.

    I'm an umbrella guy, but I'm thinking about trading up to a cane. What can I say, this guy does inspire me:

    [​IMG]


    I wish they actually licensed some company to produce those. I doubt I'd get away with one today, but I'd like to try. [​IMG]

    I see some did try to recreate it, though:

    http://pics.livejournal.com/honorary...89z00/s320x240
    http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ionmark002.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...tionnew023.jpg

    Others have gone....rather far.

    http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/143161.html [​IMG]
     
  9. ajv

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    I said no, because I already have a walking stick that I use quite often when in the mountains or in the woods. It was made to my measure by some artisans in the French Basque Region. There is a metal rod at the bottom and the top portion consisting of the knob and hand-grip can be pulled off the top of the stick, revealing a hidden spike or blade, which effectively turns the stick into a short spear. this is what one can find as explanations here :http://www.buber.net/Basque/Folklore/makila.html The makila is the Basque people's traditional stick, The makila has a very deep meaning in the Basque culture. The makila is synonym of command, justice, respect, power and authority. It is an entirely hand-made and elegant stick whose manufacturing process has been maintained over various centuries. The reliefs of the piece of wood originate from incising the wild medlar in the forest. This operation causes the sap that rises through the tree branch to swerve around the cuts and to form the designs that characterize the makila. This way mother nature assists the artisan's hand. The branch is cut in winter, peeled in a furnace, stained with quicklime and heat straightened. The so prepared rod is adorned at the bottom with a brass, alpaca (German silver) or silver sleeve carefully hand-engraved with Basque motifs. The other end of the rod is topped with a horn grip fixed by means of a threaded sleeve covered with plaited leather. For the so called makila of honor, the grip is entirely of silver or alpaca. It is a custom to offer a makila to anybody one wishes to honor and who visits the Basque country. Often politicians, Mayors, Governors, etc. are presented with an elegant makila for their services rendered to society. A picture found here :http://euskalkazeta.com/ek/wp-conten...px-makhila.jpg Adrian
     
  10. barims

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    Others have gone....rather far.

    http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/143161.html [​IMG]


    It's life-enriching being Whofen, no?

    I've seen that fellow's journal before; he does have detailed and edifying knowledge of precisely what went into the costume. I've never had Doc Holliday inform me that the jacket was woven from raw silk, for example

    And were I to change my vote, I'd select the first option. It would not be based on Hartnell's, however - I'm thinking Doctor Gregory House, with a section for concealed Vicodin, perhaps
     
  11. yachtie

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    The way my knees are going, it's probably in my future. I'm thinking "swordcane". [​IMG]
     
  12. imageWIS

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    The way my knees are going, it's probably in my future. I'm thinking "swordcane".

    [​IMG]


    This.
     
  13. lasbar

    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    I said no, because I already have a walking stick that I use quite often when in the mountains or in the woods.
    It was made to my measure by some artisans in the French Basque Region.
    There is a metal rod at the bottom and the top portion consisting of the knob and hand-grip can be pulled off the top of the stick, revealing a hidden spike or blade, which effectively turns the stick into a short spear.

    this is what one can find as explanations here :http://www.buber.net/Basque/Folklore/makila.html


    The makila is the Basque people's traditional stick,

    The makila has a very deep meaning in the Basque culture.

    The makila is synonym of command, justice, respect, power and authority.

    It is an entirely hand-made and elegant stick whose manufacturing process has been maintained over various centuries.

    The reliefs of the piece of wood originate from incising the wild medlar in the forest. This operation causes the sap that rises through the tree branch to swerve around the cuts and to form the designs that characterize the makila. This way mother nature assists the artisan's hand.

    The branch is cut in winter, peeled in a furnace, stained with quicklime and heat straightened.

    The so prepared rod is adorned at the bottom with a brass, alpaca (German silver) or silver sleeve carefully hand-engraved with Basque motifs.

    The other end of the rod is topped with a horn grip fixed by means of a threaded sleeve covered with plaited leather. For the so called makila of honor, the grip is entirely of silver or alpaca.

    It is a custom to offer a makila to anybody one wishes to honor and who visits the Basque country. Often politicians, Mayors, Governors, etc. are presented with an elegant makila for their services rendered to society.

    A picture found here :http://euskalkazeta.com/ek/wp-conten...px-makhila.jpg
    [​IMG]


    Adrian



    Thank you Adrian

    My family ancestor are coming from that neck of the wood.

    Canes or sticks have a special place in mainly pastoral civilizations ,tribes or ethnic groups.

    My grand-parents used to have beautiful sticks/canes made by local sheperds..

    I'm sure we can also find great examples in African tribes.

    It is still a departure from the Dandy cane...
     
  14. rockofeller

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    I would definitely wait until I'm 50+ for this. Sean Connery is about the only guy I can think of who might have been able to get away with this under the age of 50.
     
  15. bowtielover

    bowtielover Well-Known Member

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    No I have no need for them, my legs still work pretty good.
     
  16. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    So how does one wear a cane? Like this?

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  17. cgardel

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    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    That's a great piece of journalism...

    I love the drawings and the technical explanations attched to them.
     
  19. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Well-Known Member

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    at the age of 29, i'd probably look ridiculous with one. however, I have been plagued w/back issues in recent months. If it became a necessity, it would make sense to rock something that looked like those linked.
     
  20. lasbar

    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    at the age of 29, i'd probably look ridiculous with one. however, I have been plagued w/back issues in recent months. If it became a necessity, it would make sense to rock something that looked like those linked.

    You're quite young to get back problems..Is it sport related?
     

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