Cane Swords

Cane Swords

Windlass Sword CaneCane Swords / Sword Canes / Stick Swords allow their users to conceal a self-defense sword blade within a normal looking walking stick. These weapons have become famous in Hollywood movies and now many sword collectors also collect sword canes.

A license was required to carry a cane in London during the 18th century, possibly because of the use as a weapon, in essence a fighting stick. Sword Canes and stick swords evolved out of this as a hidden weapon for carry.

A particular type of walking stick was created, called a Stick Sword. This concealed a blade within the stem, which can be made to appear from a cane so as to convert it into a (normally hidden) weapon. Today, sword sticks are called Sword Canes. Sword canes are great for those who are impaired or just want to “dress up” while still having the protection of a hidden sword.

Also known as a zatoichi or shikomizue in Japanese, stick Swords were common in Japan when the government outlawed the carry of Swords. Interestingly enough (beside the traditional Japanese Shirasaya) you will find a limited variety of sword canes available on eBay because of conflicting California (where eBay HQ is located) laws regarding them that influence their internet policies. 

Cane Swords

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40" Musashi Natural Wood Shirasaya Japanese Samurai Katana Sword Ninja Bushido

$29.95
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate Cane Sword

$33.67
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Ronin Elite Katana 29" shirasaya unused blade soshu kitae GENUINE HAMON NICE!

$99.00 (1 Bid)
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Japanese Shirasaya Deadly Contaminate Z- Killer Zombie Apocalypse Katana Sword

$16.09 (1 Bid)
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Hidari Kaneyasu Katana - Important Samurai Sword - Museum Quality - Rare

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Kojima Kanemichi Gendaito In Good Polish

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Samurai Sword Katana Stainless Stee Blade Ninja Ancient Asian 40.5 Inch

$37.99
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hand painted shirasaya katana

$230.00
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3 Musashi Natural Wood Shirasaya Japanese Samurai Katana Swords Bushido bundle

$68.00
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Custom Przemek Katana with Patrick Hastings Fittings in Fresh Mount

$2,750.00
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Samurai sword Natural Woood Shirasaya-Cutout on Scabbard SW-344N

$38.99
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Ronin Warrior Japanese Handmade Black Shirasaya 1090 Carbon Steel Katana

$135.99
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Modern Handmade Japanese Oban Burgundy Shirasaya 1090 Carbon Steel Katana

$135.99
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Black Zatoichi Shirasaya Ninja Samurai Sword SW-870

$35.99
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Japanese Sword Bag Cotton Lined shirasaya solid Blue Tanto Size

$25.00
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Black Laser Etched Code Shirasaya Samurai Oriental Sword # JS-703B

$29.99
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Shirasaya Samurai Oriental Sword Katana Wood Scabbard-Practice Decorative-SW-395

$33.99
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Bamboo Samurai Sword with Sheath Scabbord Shinai Katana Sword-#Jl-012

$33.29
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Antique Japanese Samurai Sword -14th Century Katana -OLD Collection 4 HOLE TANG

$1,600.00
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Japanese Samurai Sword Nihonto Antique Katana W Koshirae NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

$10,750.00
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40" Black and White Katana Steel Samurai Katana Stick Sword Shirasaya-ps9450

$34.19
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40" Handforge Japanese Samurai Spirit Katana 1045 Carbon Steel Sword Xmas Gift

$33.96
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Musha Brand Handmade Zetsurin Samurai Katana Sword Sharp Blade with Mini Tanto

$64.95
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Japanese Shirasaya Deadly Contaminate Z- Killer Zombie Apocalypse Katana Sword

$25.49
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40" Handmade Japanese Samurai Spirit Katana Sword 1045 Carbon Steel Xmas Gift

$39.91
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40" HandForge Japanese Samurai Spirit Blade Katana 1045 Carbon Steel Sword

$39.91
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Sugoi Steel Ronin Sword Tengu Battle Ready 1060 High Carbon Katana 47 Functional

$199.99
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39" Kill Bill O-Ren Ishii Handforge Japanese Samurai Spirit Katana Ninja Sword

$42.46
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3 Musashi Natural Wood Shirasaya Japanese Samurai Katana Swords Bushido bundle

$120.00
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Musha Red Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword 1045 Steel Sharp Blade

$54.98
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Handmade Japanese Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp Black Lacquer Finish

$44.98
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Bushido Musashi - Black Shirasaya Sword Full Tang (SS657-405BK)

$69.95
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Musha Brand Handmade Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Black Matte Finish Scabbard

$54.98
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Handmade Shirasaya Tanto Samurai Short Sword Dragon Black Scab with Jade Tassel

$79.98
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40" Handmade Shirasaya Japanese Samurai Katana 1045 Carbon Steel Sword Burgundy

$50.10
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Handmade Shirasaya Tanto Damascus Folded Steel Samurai Arming Dagger Sword Sharp

$27.98
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Handmade Zatoichi Straight Shirasaya Katana Sword Sharp

$65.98
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Handmade Natural Wood Color Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp Blade

$54.98
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Asuka Handmade Tanto Sword Shirasaya Folded Steel Blade with Dragon Engraved

$159.98
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Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp Blade w/ Dragon Engraved Natural Wood Saya

$69.98
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40" Handmade Natural Wood Shirasaya Japanese Samurai Spirit Katana Sword Xmas

$40.76
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Ryujin Brand Handmade Japanese Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp Blade

$39.98
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The swordstick was a popular fashion accessory for the wealthy during the 18th and 19th centuries. During this period, it was becoming less socially acceptable to openly carry a sword, but there were still upper-class men routinely trained in swordsmanship who wished to go armed for self-defense. Swords concealed in ladies' walking sticks and parasols were also not unknown, as it was even less socially acceptable for a lady to carry a sword, or publicly admit that she knew how to use one.

In many jurisdictions the ownership, carrying, manufacturing or trading in sword canes is restricted by law.

Belgium

Possession of a swordstick is prohibited in Belgium as it falls under concealed weapons.

France

Having a swordstick is considered as having weapons of the 6th category. It is legal to own, however, specific care must be taken in case of transportation. (French defense code; Article L2331-1)

Germany

Handling of swordsticks (including those with short blades) is forbidden as concealed weapons.

United Kingdom

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988, ISBN 0-11-088019-6 also made it illegal to trade in sword canes in the United Kingdom. However, antique swordsticks which are 100 years old or older are exempt.

United States

A swordstick may be illegal to carry in many jurisdictions as it is a concealed weapon, and is also sometimes considered a disguised weapon. U.S. states with statutes that expressly prohibit the carrying of swordsticks include Arkansas (Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-120(b)(3)(B)) and California (Cal Pen Code § 12020(a)(1). Other states may include swordsticks under the general ban on carrying a concealed weapon or a weapon disguised so as to conceal its true nature; an example of such a case can be found in State v. McCoy, 618 N.W.2d 324 (Iowa 2000).