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While cruising the net for cane and walking stick info and ideas,I see where some canes have weight limits with them.Does anyone know how these limits are determined? I've sorta always considered canes and walking sticks an aide in walking and balance more than a large weight bearing implement.I'd hate to have to limit out and break a cane to determine load limits on every stick I make.Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The general rule is a cane should be able to support a minimum of 25 % of the users body weight. Most woods that a cured/ dried well and are 3/4" to 1" in diamiter will meet that standerd. How ever when I gift or sell a cane I have a card attached to it that states " This is a decortive cane. No claim is made that it meets any medical standers or requirements." I beleive that the canes I make would exceed most standers. But I do not clame they do.
 
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Its gennerally accepted that a sick will not supprt all the weight , but theres always one that would contest it.so you better of covering yourself.

like most stick makers you use the shank the size to suit the customer and consider the thickness as well as length before you dress the shank
 

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How ever when I gift or sell a cane I have a card attached to it that states " This is a decortive cane. No claim is made that it meets any medical standers or requirements."
I include a paper with all my walking sticks and canes that basically says I can't test them for strength, because to do so would destroy the item. Hence, sold without any guarantee to breakage.

I never had a walking stick or cane break from use, however I did have one broken by the PO in NYC. ;)
 
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