20040321_metal_walk_stick.htm 

I am starting to keep the files on this section as I used to keep my old journal, or Daybook.  The date means 2004, the third month, or March, 03, the twenty-first day, 21, and the tenth hour, expressed as .10

Article about the metal walking stick.

A while ago I mentioned using a length of conduit as a walking stick.  By conduit, I mean a metal pipe of about three-quarter-inch-diameter, relatively thin-walled, and about six feet long.  It is six feet so that I can leave it on the bed of my truck, (a short bed,) and let it weather.  That way the pipe is grip-easy, an will not slip in my hand while in use.  Very comfortable

The end of the stick, or pipe, is cut off at about sixty degrees. Let me go get it off of the truck, and scan that angle in.  I shall have to remove the dirt from the stick, which leads to  another point. 

No walking stick has stuck in the ground better than the conduit I have been talking about. 

On sandy soil, it went in  "quite a way,"  while sitting on the edge of a stream bank.  Even while walking up a steep, North Carolina, clay-bank, the pipe gave me good stability, because it "stabbed" into the soil, deeply.  Let's look at that scan. 

The Swiss Army Knife and coins give you a rough scale, about life-sized.  Thought it better to leave the dirt on, for illustration.

My pipe-walking-staff was going into the ground, by as far as you can see it on this page. It gave me great stability while "cresting" the last steep clay bank on my walk.  You can see about how much point it has.  The "hollow" profile makes it work.

 

WHAT  ABOUT  THE  LAW?  Just don't stick people with it!

We have stressed this tool as just that, a tool.  However, walking with this thing seems to be like walking with a spear.  Probably not good for public parks. 

One of the reasons I keep it on the bed of my truck is because carrying a possible weapon in arms-reach might make a policeman uneasy.  I don't really carry it as a weapon. The electrical conduit is light, and easy to "tote", and not heavy like a plumbing pipe. 

From what you can see, the pipe would work on a "threatening snake," or some other dangerous small animal, as a spear.  If in a survival situation, one could make the point of the walking stick- pipe longer, and sharper.  The angle on the pipe I have now, is ideal for walking-stick use.

I got mine from destruction of an office.  ( I am a commercial carpenter) Such conduit should be purchasable at a hardware store, or builder's supply.  Mine was cut with the metal blade on a reciprocating saw, but a hack saw would have worked.  The pipe, walking stick, is light and easy to carry, and kind of fun.

 

Paul