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Well, I didn't expect to find this, especially around here.
As stated in the title this is a Cold Steel Irish Blackhorn Walking Stick, (not to be confused with their Irish Blackthorn Shillelagh which has longer knobby things on the stick and sells for less). Smokey Mountain Knife Works sells these for $46.99, (when in stock), which is the reason I didn't buy one when I visited the store, the price was just a little high for me that day, (though I kinda wanted one, I collect canes when they are affordable). I prefer "natural" canes/walking sticks, but the fact that this can double as a formidable weapon made it more attractive. I also have a genuine rattan stick that doubles as a weapon, and is guaranteed to not break if you smack someone in the head with it, (bought at a gun show), but it is very lightweight so I'm sure this thing would be far more deadly in a fight.
Fast forward to today, I walked into a small local thrift store, and there in the umbrella stand was this walking stick, I pulled it out and was more than a little surprised to see the Cold Steel logo. Looks like it was barely if ever used, it's length of 37" is perfect for me, and the knob fits my hand perfectly. The best part of the entire deal was the price. It wasn't marked so I asked the guy working there how much, he said "how about $5?"; believe me, I couldn't get to my wallet fast enough. After I paid him I told him they went for around $50 online, all he said was, "well, IT IS a thrift store after all"!
So, I finally got one, glad I was patient and passed on a new one at SMKW last year, sometimes patience pays off!
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