Choosing a Cane Handle

Your Cane Handle, a Perfect Fit

When choosing what kind of walking cane you are going to use, it is very important to pay special attention to the type of cane handle you will be using.

Over the years many different styles have come and gone, and a few have remained as staples in the manufacture and use of walking canes. People choose different styles to fit their grip, provide comfortable support, and fit with their personal style.

For instance, the classic tourist walking cane, also known as a crook handle or a j-shaped cane, is a very popular choice. It is one of the original models, first employed by shepherds and farmers centuries ago as a walking aid, tool for guiding their livestock, as well as a cudgel for fending off the wolves. This cane handle offers a comfortable curving grip as well as a classic look, and the convenience of being able to hang it on a doorknob when not in use, or over your arm when you need to reach for your wallet or checkbook.

The derby handle walking cane became popular later, as a more form-fitting cane handle was needed for even more comfort and stability. The shape of this walking cane allows your hand to grasp it while distributing your weight along the shaft of the cane, creating a piece that is as functional as it is fashionable.

From the derby style came the fritz cane, which is designed in much the same way, but with an open end to keep your fingers from having to feel cramped as you grasp it properly. This cane is great for users who suffer from arthritis, or who want a more contemporary take on and old design.

Another fresh great look is the knob-handled cane, which comes in a variety of styles and designs. From the ancient, antique look of a root-knob cane to a modern ball-clock handle, this style offers the cosmopolitan appeal that few others can bring to any outfit.

Of course, there are more styles to choose from, including ergonomically designed palm-grip handles, fashionable tuxedo canes and more. Before you make your purchase, make sure you consider the style of handle you would like, and how it will feel to grasp, as well as what it will bring to your outfit.