A swordstick or cane-sword is a cane incorporating a concealed blade. The term is typically used to describe European weapons from around the 18th century, but similar devices have been used throughout history, notably the Japanese shikomizue and the Ancient Roman dolon.
The sword cane was a popular fashion accessory for the wealthy during the 18th century. While the weapon's origins are unknown, it is apparent that the cane-sword's popularity peaked when decorative swords were steadily being replaced by canes. Soon after their introduction, other "gadget canes" became popular, holding the tools of one’s trade rather than a blade.
Malacca wood was the most commonly used material in making the cane shafts, and the standard grip was rounded and metallic. Today, designer and collector canes have sterling silver handles, and are made with various wooden shafts, from Malacca to bamboo. Ornate designs, such as animal heads, skulls, and various emblems are also carved into the wooden handles, making them harder to wield, but more attractive. Sword canes are most often made with stainless steel, rapier-pointed blades, some with dual-locking mechanisms to prevent accidents.
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