Almost 15 years ago I had a profound realization. One that LITERALLY changed the way I would view martial arts in general, and weapons in particular.
You see, it occurred to me that all my weapons training was, in a sense, WITHOUT VALUE in the REAL WORLD! Not without personal value - after all, my training made me what I am. But all my training lacked real world application.
When would I actually HAVE a staff, a broadsword, a katana, or rapier WITH me, on my person??
I thought to myself "CRAP! What can I actually carry? What is effective, legal, common, readily adapted to my skill set, and above all will go UN-NOTICED? I added this last criteria because I wanted a weapon I could carry at all times without visually screaming "HEY! I'm ARMED!"
Then it hit me, I was quite literally looking right at it, MY CANE. Just sitting over there in the corner waiting to be rediscovered by me.
I walked up to it, KNOWING I'd found my answer. I picked it up, and almost lost the moment. You see it was COMPLETELY wrong: too thin, too light, wrong handle, but I looked past its shortcomings and saw the WEAPON it COULD BE. Thus began my training with the cane.
That was a long time ago. Since that moment I have made canes for Eastern Masters, Western Maestros; and men and women on FOUR CONTINENTS carry my work.
That moment was important for more than just me.
To all my customers over the years... Thank you!
Canes made by and for the martial artist