Crowbar Cane





Introduction: Crowbar Cane

Not too long ago my partner was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease and found out that she would often require a cane to simply get about. Her doctor provided her with a standard-issue medical-grade black cane. Having to walk around everywhere with a "grandma cane" was not in line with her personality and seemed to be getting her down. It was a sad state of affairs.

After reflecting upon the problem I decided that she needed a "badass cane." Initially I was hoping to find a cane at the flea market or an estate sale with a steel cobra handle, naked mermaid, or something generally classy-like. However, canes of this sort are apparently few and far between. As is often the case, if you want something done right you have to do it yourself.

When we were in our early twenties, I had gotten her a crowbar for her birthday. We were living in New York City at the time and a crowbar seemed like something that would be generally useful for menacing people and breaking-and-entering. She greatly appreciated this gift. However, we ended up having to store it temporarily in my mom's basement when we moved out west and when we returned to get it we found that my stepdad had used it to remove a tree stump from the backyard. By that point we pretty much lost ownership of the crowbar.

Anyhow -- I digress. The point being that when I was trying to figure out what a "badass cane" should be, I quickly arrived at "crowbar." Even though we were no longer in New York and a number of years had passed, the idea of publicly menacing people still suited her personality. With this in mind, I have made the crowbar cane. After all, just because you have a degenerative hip disease doesn't mean that you can't be a stylish hooligan.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

(x1) 36" crowbar
(x2) Foam bicycle handlebar grips
(x1) 3/4" Rubber cane tip

Step 2: Cut

Determine the height of the cane you need.

Cut the tip off the crowbar so that it is the right length.

Note: I was able to easily mark it with a hand file, which means it is possible to cut through with most blades designed for cutting steel. I used a horizontal band saw to do the job, but just about any metalshop saw should work. An angle grinder would probably be your next best bet. You should also be able to make it work with a cut off blade for a miter saw or hand-held rotary tool like a Dremel. If you have a lot of patience and need a workout, a hacksaw should slowly get the job done.

Step 3: Dull the Edges

Using a belt sander or grinding wheel round the edges of the cut end so that it is no longer sharp.

Step 4: More Dulling

Also use the belt sander or grinding wheel to remove any sharp points from the claw.

Step 5: Mod the Bike Grip

Cut a hole on the closed end of the foam bike grips so that they are hollow all the way through.

Step 6: Slide It On

Slide the first foam bike grip up onto the crowbar until it bends around the arc.

Cut the other one at a slight angle and then slide it on until it joins up with other grip.

Step 7: Tip

Put the rubber tip onto the end of the crowbar.



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    36 Comments you will have someone complaining about a concealed weapon, we'll have to put up with "cane checks" from now on, have a new branch of government hired to (spend billions &) make standards/laws for canes, and end up only being able to legally carry government approved "safe canes" after going through a background check!

    I know - sounds nuts. But this was the first thought I had b/c an acquaintance living in Hagerstown, MD and what he was arrested for...

    He had changed a flat, front tire; and found after closing the trunk that he had left the tire iron out on the ground near the driver's door. He did not want to go back and open the trunk up again so he simply threw the tire iron under his seat. Not too long after he was stopped for speeding (which he was doing), and when the police officer happened to see the end of the tire iron sticking out from under the front seat, the driver was charged with having a concealed weapon. He appealed it but still had to pay the 10K fine for the "concealed weapon" :(

    Its just one of the reasons I moved out of that state.

    Great idea...great 'ible... and I love the animated "explanatory graphic" :^))

    I'm glad I live over here in WV, although I did something similar and I drive through Hagerstown, MD a lot. you know how you're supposed to tighten the nuts after you drive for a few hours.... well needless to say I probably drove 6 months with it in my door pocket.

    i was also thinking about concealed weapons in/and TSA.

    ONe of the teen workers under me came into work (2nd shift) mad one day. That morning he had been carrying a piece of 2X6 board, for a bike ramp over his shoulders while going to his friends house.
    One of the local officers stopped him and confiscated the board as a "potential weapon"

    Sad... very sad... and there are more horror stories for why I am glad not to be in that state anymore. It is the most communist-regime like state I have personally seen. And yet, since native Marylanders grew up there, they have no idea of the ridiculous amount of control put over them. I have even had them try to justify being under the overly enthusiastic control system simply b/c they grew up with it, are therefore emotionally attached to the state, and its all they have known.

    I love this badass walking stick/cane and I will make one. While I have a concealed carry permit and do carry concealed, I also carry a golf club. It's completely on the other end of the scale from this badass cane because it is so very light weight. However, someone before me cut the head off it, welded on (J-B Weld, maybe?) some kind of a transmission gear about half and inch in diameter (the golf club shaft fits into it), and on the outside of that they used a cane tip. If I ever encounter a badass varmint, he or she is going to be very, very surprised when I hit him up side the head with that graphite shaft with a steel end on it. PING!!! LOL Keep up the good work.

    You mean a differential gear, for example, welded on to the ground end of the golf club? This I would love to see a picture of. Did something similar with a differential gear and a pool cue. Can't find any pics, though, and it's gone as a gift.

    Is it not too heavy for a small fragile woman?

    Whether she needs to be an athlete weightlifting to use it?

    If yes she does not need it...:-)))

    Badass is right! Good balance maker to on tricky sidewalks. Might be tough to get through TSA though.

    Yep, that is indeed one badass cane but weight would be an issue, not to mention metal detectors everywhere (9/11 ruined everything). You might want to try a STOCKMAN'S CANE, the kind like they use to steer hogs around the yard. They are generally made from a stout piece of hickory. My Grandpa had one and I have documented evidence that you can break someone's jaw with it (you could say that my family put the cracker in Florida Cracker).

    Excellent, "crackerjack" haha

    C'mon now, who is the menacing one? We aren't a naive bunch of viewers. :)