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I not only like but feel like NEED to put rubber tips on all the canes - whether "keepers" or give aways or for sale. For one thing the end becomes worn (not good) from the hard surfaces, such as sidewalks, etc. Further, that rubber tip prevents the cane from slipping, and I need my cane to be a solid undertaking, so to speak.

Because limbs and branches do not always grow the same diameter I need several sizes and would prefer keeping a small inventory of sizes 1/2" to 1 1/8" but am unable to locate either locally or on-line.

Do any of you have a good reliable source for black (important) rubber (very important) tips?

Thanks

-neb
 

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Neb I use the anti- skid rubber chair tips that are available at Home Depot. They are reasonably priced, readily available and seem to hold up pretty well too.
 

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The closest HD to us is 30 miles and the last time I was there was not pleasant - the store was a MESS - pallets of incoming inventory in almost every aisle.

Now that you've provide me with a pic, I'll attempt to find on-line. They look perfect!

thank YOU

-neb
 

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Yes furniture tips is mostly what i use because of varied sizes for larger diameter sticks. Iw ould think most hardeware stores in your area would have them. I jusr saw some 1 1/4, biggest ive used is 1 1/8.
 
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Anything that is going to be used indoors should have a crutch tip. For hiking sticks, I would go with a metal ferrule.
 

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Not so reasonably priced, but my new favorite is the smaller rubber tip that Black Diamond (based in Salt Lake City) sells for their trekking poles.

http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/trekking-poles/trekking-pole-tip-protector-BD1120690000ALL1.html#q=tips&start=6

These are designed to fit snugly over their carbide tip, or you can use any 1/2" anchor. I like to embed the carbide tip and use it as designed, but that ups the cost even more.

http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/trekking-poles/flex-tech-tips-BD1120820000ALL1.html#q=tips&start=5

I've also tried their tiny hard rubber tips, but they don't grip a slick surface well at all.

Here's my latest:

http://walkingstickforum.com/uploads/gallery/album_78/gallery_11_78_884240.jpg

A cautionary note: The rubber carbide tip that the rubber tip is designed to fit over is 1/2" diameter, except for some ribs on it in two places. You can whittle or sand those off. However, upon sanding with a rotary sander and using very coarse sandpaper, I sanded too far and discovered that this part is partially hollow inside. There is a learning curve. With those ribs still on, the hole drilled would need to be slightly greater than 1/2" diameter.
 

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I found just the sizes I needed on line and at Walmart

thanks guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-neb

ps - I 100% agree - if the cane is used on any hard surface it must have a rubber non-slip tip.
 

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Can also get them on ebay under walking stick rubbers, they are something I always use and like Cobalt I use them over brass ferrules as i find the tap-tap of the stick on a pavement annoying.
 

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Re: Tips

I like to have tips on my walking sticks/canes to but don't necessarily like the commercially available ones nor their cost. What I have used is a rather unique item.

I take old bias ply tires and cut the tread portion of the tires and than cut them into small squares

Then I drill holes through the piece of rubber and in the bottom of my stick/cane.

I screw the rubber square to the stick/cane with decking screws

Then I use a 1 inch power belt sander to sand off the excess and round off the rubber to match the diameter of my sticks/cane

I finish with a little tung oil and use a bar top finish to seal it.

Result is a very functional tip that lasts a long time they give the stick/cane a very sleek look.

They work well and I get to say "I give a 40,000 mile warranty" on my sticks/canes. I have had very few problems and when do it's usually on the smaller diameter (less than 3/4 inch) sticks/canes) when the rubber wears off and exposes the screw head.

Just an idea...

PS: I have tried steel belted tires but haven't liked the result as much as the older bias ply tires.

Stickman Cliff
 

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I've been using copper water pipe sections and turning rubber stoppers to fit.

Time will tell how well the stoppers hold up.

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I've often purchased the "gray" colored rubber cane tips at Medical Supply stores. The "gray" colored tips are made of considerably more durable material the the "black" rubber tips that are more readily available.
 

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Thoughts?

Thinking about a better rubber tip for a 20mm brass ferrule for a walking stick for a Marine. I've made some of these with hard rubber tips that wear out quickly.

I cut off the dummy projectile at the end of the brass and drilled out the other end with a 3/8" bit. Then I knocked out the remainder of the round with a steel rod inserted through the 3/8" hole.

Next, the rubber carbide tip and the replaceable rubber tip that fits snugly over it are from Black Diamond, made for their fancy yuppie and old folk's composite sticks. As kharma would have it, the large end of the carbide tipped part will shove into the brass, and a 3/8" hanger bolt will slide several inches into it, and exit the 3/8" hole in the brass for screwing into the base of the stick. I need to buy a 5" long hanger bolt.

The hard part is to drill the hole into the stick perfectly aligned with the desired segment. Also, I need a brass tube to slip over the wood and reinforce it where the hanger bolt is screwed and glued. I can find this at Best Hardware down the street. View attachment 5643 View attachment 5643 View attachment 5643 View attachment 5643
 

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The ones I use are rubber walking stick ferrules the ones with a washer in the base for added strength, I can get these locally in most shoe repair and hardware stores. Have attache apicture from amazon.co.uk ( I order stuff grom amazon.com so I assume you can order from UK ) Check thro the list on Amazon they are available in a range of sizes. Rectangle Font Circle Parallel Magenta
 

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