Pros: Durability, Finish, Overall Quality, Materials
Very Nice Cane - Very Nice Tool
I am very happy with my purchase. It is well made and quite sturdy. It makes for a great walking / balance aid and an excellent defensive weapon for striking, slashing and piercing. I did shorten it by about 1" to fit properly as a cane and I replaced the plastic tip which was slippery on tile/smooth surfaces with a black rubber cane tip for a sure grip. I cut the shaft with a fine toothed hack saw blade after wrapping it with masking tape where the cut was made to prevent any splintering (probably wouldn't have been a problem but it doesn't hurt to be careful). I then dressed the cut with a flat single cut mill file to smooth it out and very slightly bevel the end of the shaft. I inserted a metal washer inside the rubber tip to prevent damage to the end of the shaft when the rubber tip wears out, and I applied clear silicon caulking to the inside of the rubber tip to "glue" it on. As I said above, I an quite happy with my cane and even more so now, with its modifications. I do think some kind of a quarter twist spring-loaded (to prevent accidental deployment) latch/locking mechanism would be a good factory modification so that the large end could be used as a striker without sending the "sword" flying.