Irish Blackthorn / Shillelagh

Irish Shillelagh Canes

Irish blackthorn has been a top selection for cane makers for centuries. The Shillelagh has a reputation of being a stout, reliable walking cane, and became a choice walking cane for European gentlemen centuries ago. Tough, resilient and naturally resistant to warping, chipping and discoloration, blackthorn shillelaghs offer a longevity rarely seen in walking canes; and this classic piece of history can be yours for a low, reasonable price. Although it is often imitated by using hawthorne or other similar woods, none compare to the quality of genuine blackthorn, and provides only the best, high-quality blackthorn shillelaghs on the market. Order yours today and enjoy the comfort, quality and whimsical appeal of a genuine Irish walking cane. For even more options, check out our Irish walking sticks for full-sized hiking stick versions of these beautiful shillelagh canes.

About Irish Blackthorn Canes

Also known as European Spiny Plum (Prunus spinosa), this hardwood plant offers all of the qualities a cane-maker wants in his materials. It is a very hard, close-grained wood, and if harvested from the trunk of the blackthorn tree, any sample should be covered in sharp, vicious spines. These thorns are removed in the process of finishing and sanding a walking cane shaft, but the dark wood and numerous knots and protrusions are left behind as a signature of the plant from which it came.

Buyer Beware!!

We garuntee our shillelaghs to be genuine Irish blackthorn canes, but many other retailers sell imitations, crafted from hawthorne or other thorny bushes and trees. Here are four tips to check and be sure that any shillelagh is of high quality:
  • Hawthorne looks very similar, but lacks the uniformity of blackthorn, and will usually have many irregularities in the wood grain.
  • Knobs or protrusions left from the thorns should be spaced evenly around the shaft of the cane.
  • If made by a craftsman familiar with the creation of shillelaghs, the cane should come to a fine taper.
  • All thorns and spurs that have been completely removed should leave behind a fine dimple in the wood.

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