Review: Cold Steel’s Aluminum Head Sword Cane
Pat Cascio 07.11.16
I’ve been intrigued by sword canes for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve seen quite a few sword canes in novelty shops, and that’s all they were: a novelty. But I always thought they had some potential as a self-defense weapon of last resort and even as a survival tool.
I decided to try out the Cold Steel Aluminum Head Sword Cane to see how it works in that role. Truth be told, on some days I can be caught with a pretty good limp myself (osteoarthritis in my right hip and lower back) but I can get around without a cane. Still, the idea of using a cane as a walking aid as well as for self-defense isn’t a bad one. When I was actively teaching martial arts for 35 years, I taught stick fighting to my students, and the sword cane can be used for many stick fighting techniques.
A quick look at the Aluminum Head Sword Cane is in order:
- Blade: 25.75 inches, 1055 carbon steel
- Shaft: fiberglass carbon fiber composite
- Overall length: 37.625 inches (about right for use for most folks)
- Highly polished 6160 aluminum removable head
- Total weight: 25.3 ounces
Please keep in mind that this sword cane is meant for stabbing, not slashing.The actual sword is hidden inside a sturdy fiberglass carbon fiber shaft that’s virtually unbreakable. Believe me. I gave it my best shot, and it is still intact.