The Anatomy of a Walking Cane

When choosing a cane there are a few things that you may want to consider. Walking canes have several separate parts. Each of those also serves a different function and can come in a variety of forms. Knowing these parts and what they do is very useful for anyone who’s looking for a walking cane. So, here’s the anatomy of a walking cane!

Handle

When you move from the top of the walking cane down, the handle is the first part you normally see. It sits at the top of the cane and is the place you put your hand when using the walking cane properly. They come in simple designs to ornate masterpieces that express the feel of the cane as a whole.

Different handles types include Derby, Fritz, Knob, Animal, Ergonomic, Palm Grip, Offset and Tourist 

Derby Style Handle Derby     Fritz Style Handle Fritz       Knob  Animal Style HandleAnimal

Ergonomic Style Handle Ergonomic  Palm Grip Style Handle  Palm  Offset Style Handle Offset Tourist Style Handle Tourist

 

Collar

The collar is a small band that sits on the joint between the handle and shaft, strengthening the connection between the two and hiding the joint. Many different materials make collars, and you can plenty of designs as well.

 

Two tone gold collar                    Rhinestone Collar                Star and Stripes Flag Collar Stars and Stripes Collar

Two tone Gold Collar     Rhinestone Collar         Stars and Stripes Flag Collar 

 

Shaft

The shaft of a walking cane is the whole length of the cane between the handle and the ferrule. It’s what gives the cane its height and supports your weight as you use it. Basically, any material that’s hard and strong can make up a shaft. Some different shaft options include: Ebony, Wenge, Beechwood, Ovangkol, Ash, Beechwood

 

Different Shafts available in walking canes

 

Ferrule / Rubber Tips 

The ferrule is the cane tip that sits at the bottom of the shaft. It rubs against the ground in place of the shaft and helps protect the cane from wear and tear when it’s in use. Ferrules are typically made of hard materials, such as metals or plastics, as they help provide a buffer for walking canes.  There are many different options such as color and size for ferrules and rubber cane tips

All these parts are what constitute the anatomy of a walking cane you can find in modern times. There are older canes that lack a ferrule. Furthermore, additions or modifications that people include in their canes outside of these standard parts also exist. 

Rubber Cane Tip