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!


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 HandleDerby Fritz Style HandleFritz Knob Animal Style HandleAnimal

Ergonomic Style HandleErgonomic Palm Grip Style Handle Palm Offset Style HandleOffset Tourist Style HandleTourist



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 CollarStars and Stripes Collar

Two tone Gold Collar Rhinestone Collar Stars and Stripes Flag Collar



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