It has come to my attention that there is a distinct lack of men using canes, not that at any point there was a surplus of cane users, but I feel its a situation that should be swiftly changed. By the time men stopped carrying swords on their person at all times (probably for the best), the cane became an essential member of a gentlemen’s wardrobe. Im not saying that all men should carry a cane on their person at all times (appart from those with a bad leg of course), but all should own at least one. Ill admit, mine stays resting upon my desk for the most part, but if I feel particularly inclined I occasionally take it out for a stroll, and I can happily report that it does give one a certain strange sense of authority, and who doesn’t like that once in a while. When it comes to Walking Canes you can go one of two ways, town or country, and honestly it depends on your style afflictions, personally I like a silver topped country cane. However because of the distinct, and very sad, lack of demand walking canes are not always easy to come by, but for those of you living in London, or even Britain, there is only one choice for canes, James Smith & Sons Umbrellas, New Oxford Street. One final point remains, for those who dont feel the need to keep a walking cane on their person, there are other solutions, most importantly the umbrella, the perfect half way house between form and function (even when its not raining, you never know in Britain). Finally for the slightly more eccentric of us there is the speciality cane, the Drinking, Dagger or Corkscrew cane. Whatever you inclination, the joy of holding a walking cane or sleek umbrella in your hand as you wander round town is a feeling not to be missed.
James Smith & Sons (Estd 1819)
James Smith & Sons Drinking Cane – £455