I've receive compliments about how attractive this cane is and have been asked where I purchased it. The ergonomic handle fits my large hand perfectly (better than a more expensive model that I also have) and helps in exact positioning of the tip. It is surprisingly light weight yet strong and provides confidence when ascending and especially descending steps. The warm color and prominent wood grain give it personality and individual uniqueness, unlike purely utilitarian metal canes. When the inevitable scuffs/chips occur, exposing the lighter ash wood beneath, they can be concealed by the application of "Golden Oak" stain to the damaged areas. With the passage of time I have come to regard this cane as an old friend.