In earlier times,
back in the edwardian world of Dickens, Verne, and Gentleman Jack,
a hat, cloak and cane were considered essential daily wear of the
refined Gentleman. Unlike today, it was expected of a gentleman
to be able to thwart the use of violence against his person, to
be a protector of those in under his auspices, and to be skilled
in the "manly arts" of weaponry and self defense. Training
started early in boyhood.
This was an
era of brutality and elegance, where human life mattered little
and constant vigilance was required to survive. Duels by gun and
sword were legal. Poverty, workhouses, servitude and hopelessness
fed hatred from the have-nots. Having a weapon on hand in a split
second meant the difference between life and death in a very real
sense... it was in this world that the cane sword was forged.
It was simply
considered prudent to carry one.
Today a sword
cane is a decorative piece ONLY and should
not be considered part of one's self defense kit. Great care
must be taken to know the laws of the state you live in before
you order as these may be considered a form of hidden weapon, and
the carrying and owning of such weapons is highly regulated, banned,
or restricted. You have been warned!