I just received this cane and I am delighted! Very sturdy, easily adjusted to the needed height, easily folded in two. The hinge appears to be metal too - and as another reviewer noted, a snap of the wrist and the cane is ready to go! A folding cane is great for when you don't always need one - I find I need a cane more after working all day - and then I don't have it with me. Problem solved.