Our Doc of about 30 years retires at the end of this year. An "innocent" fishing expedition determined that he walks often and with a stick. During my final regular appointment, I advised him that he will receive a walking stick as a retirement gift. I took two sticks as examples, and my iPad with pics.
He was experienced enough to have preferences, that's good.
1) He really liked the pic of my daughter-in-law's stick from an outstanding piece of diamond willow. Three pieces will arrive on Monday in hopes that one looks as nice.
2) Caduceus pin just ordered to embed.
3) Here is my dilemma. I showed him the Lee Valley tip with both rubber and steel tips. He was ambivalent about the shiny brass but really liked the interchangeable rubber and steel tips. I think the Lee Valley brass is too formal for a diamond willow stick, and that copper tubing would look better. Also, the Lee Valley rubber tip wears out very quickly and I buy a hardware store rubber tip that slips over it.
So, I think that I should be able to find an alternative, it is easy to install the copper ferrule and a threaded insert. Let's say the ferrule is 3/4" or 1" diameter. I've used 3/4" diameter rubber furniture leg protecters that screw into the insert. What have you seen that could be used to provide the interchangeable rubber and steel tips such that the rubber is far more durable than the Lee Valley rubber, and the tips are easily interchangeable.