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Measuring a Stick

Measuring a Stick


A walking stick is used by people to help them balance when walking. They may need help walking for a whole variety of reasons, such as a leg injury.

There are various different styles available to you. Originally they were made from wood but in more recent years they have been made from various materials. Whatever style you go for, it is really important that you get one in the right size for you. It will really make it more comfortable for you but also make it far more efficient when using it if it is the correct size for you.

How to measure a walking stick:

This is not an exact science but there is a good rule of thumb to follow.

When holding the handle the wrist and hand should feel relaxed and comfortably supported, not strained or tense.

If the stick is too long , it can easily be shortened by sawing off the end and refitting the ferrule. Adding bits is not so easy !

Some aluminium sticks are folding or telescopic and can be adjusted in length; they are ideal if you are buying the stick as a gift and you are not sure of the size they need.

The stick should, generally, be held on the side opposite to the leg, foot or hip that has reduced function.
Wooden Walking Sticks - A Guide

Wooden Walking Sticks - A Guide


A Guide to Handles

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Crook handle and a Derby handle? With such a wide range of handles and sticks to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what type is best for you.
Take a look at our quick guide to handles to help you decide.

Crook Handles

The crook handle is one of the oldest and most traditional handle types. Due to their shape they are easy to hang over your arm, or on the edges of surfaces or backs of chairs.
The shepherd's crooks, as seen in our selection were traditionally used by shepherds and farmers to manage and catch sheep using the curve in the handle, and are still preferred by some farmers even today.
Crook Handles
Crutch Handles

Crutch Handles


Despite the name these handles are nothing like crutches, they have a simple design and provide good support. Flatter than the Derby handle, they have a right angle, which is easy to grip. The users weight is supported directly above the stick shaft making it very stable.

Derby Handles

The Derby handle is our best selling type of handle. This comes as a result of its elegant shape and right-angled design. Slightly more curved than the crutch handle, this type of handle is supportive, due to its curve, that prevents the hand sliding back and forth.
Similarly to the crook handle, the curved style of the Derby also allows your stick to be hooked over the arm or other objects.
It's functionality and stylish look make this the perfect handle for every occasion, supportive enough for day to day use, but having a beautiful style can easily be used at formal events.
Derby Handles
Dress Cane Knob Handle

Dress Cane Knob Handle


Similar to novelty topped sticks these items are, as suggested, more suited for formal and occasional events, as opposed to every day use. The smooth rounded tops feel pleasing to the touch, and are normally more elegant looking, perfect when teamed with a suit or formal outfit.

Ergonomic Handles

Ergonomic handles, or fischer as they are sometimes known, are an orthopaedic handle ideal for users who suffer from hand conditions such as arthritis or rheumatism.
The design of the handle spreads the weight across the palm of the hand, this helps to prevent any shock from the ground focusing onto one area.
These are available for either the left or right hand and users often purchase one of each to provide comfortable support on both sides of the body.
Ergonomic Handles
Knob Handles

Knob Handles


A completely natural product of the knob root of a tree, each of these sticks is completely unique.
They are comfortable to hold, with a smooth round top, and fit perfectly into any countryside environment, normally finished with a spiked metal ferrule. The stick should be measured to your height the same as any other.
While these sticks are good if you need some extra support with style while out walking, they are not designed for everyday use.

Novelty Handles

These types of handles are definitely for the more outgoing user who likes to add flair to their outfit on special occasions.
While these types of handles are classy, interesting and different, they are not designed to be used on a daily basis as they do not offer enough support. These are perfect sticks to use on special occasions.
Novelty Handles
Stave Handle

Stave Handle


Stave, or staff, topped sticks are debatable as handles. These items are a stick which is typically a lot taller than a standard walking stick to provide support to hikers. Most of our staves are already fitted with a wrist strap to avoid dropping it, and made from natural woods in rustic finishes to appeal to even the most avid hiker.

Thumbstick Handle

Thumbstick handles are normally found on stave type sticks, being quite tall and often having a rustic finish. The 'V' shape of the top is designed to rest your thumb while the stick is being held. The shape is naturally occuring but is smoothed and sometimes widened slightly for ease of use.
Thumbstick Handle
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