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Types of Cane Handles

How to Choose the Right Type of Walking Cane Handle

We are proud to offer a vast selection of different types of walking canes for our customers, and we want to ensure you are comfortable with your selection. That's why we provide this handy guide to choosing a cane handle. It will help you make the right selection. Some cane handles are designed for comfort while others are made to be stylish and look great. It all depends on what you want from your cane.

To choose the right type of cane handle, consider how and when you will use the cane and what is most important to you. Is the walking cane for assistance only? In that case, choose a handle that is more comfortable than stylish. Will the cane be part of a stylish wardrobe? If so, go with a stylish handle.

Use the following cane handle chart to help you make your selection. The guide features 9 types of cane handles with ratings for both comfort and style (or popularity). It will help you find the right balance between fashion and function when buying your next cane.

#1 - Derby Handle

silhouette of a derby cane
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derby cane being held on the front
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derby cane being held on the back

#2 - Fritz Handle

silhouette of a fritz cane
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fritz cane being held on the front
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fritz cane being held on the back

#3 - Ergonomic Handle

silhouette of a ergonomic cane
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ergonomic cane being held on the front
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ergonomic cane being held on the back

#4 - Palm Grip Handle

silhouette of a palm grip cane
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palm grip cane being held on the front
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palm grip cane being held on the back

#5 - Offset Handle

silhouette of a derby cane
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derby cane being held on the front
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derby cane being held on the back

#6 - Tourist Handle

silhouette of a tourist cane
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tourist cane being held on the front
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tourist cane being held on the back

#7 - Orthopedic Handle

silhouette of a orthopedic cane
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orthopedic cane being held on the front
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orthopedic cane being held on the back

#8 - Knob Handle

silhouette of a knob cane
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knob cane being held on the front
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knob cane being held on the back

#9 - Animal-Misc Handle

silhouette of a animal cane
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animal cane being held on the front
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animal cane being held on the back

When choosing what kind of walking cane you are going to use, it is very important to pay special attention to the type of cane handle you will be using. Over the years many different styles have come and gone, and a few have remained as staples in the manufacture and use of walking canes.

People choose differing styles to fit their grip, provide comfortable support, and fit with their personal style. For instance, the classic tourist walking cane, also known as a crook handle or a j-shaped cane, is a very popular choice. It is one of the original models, first employed by shepherds and farmers centuries ago as a walking aid, tool for guiding their livestock, as well as a cudgel for fending off the wolves. This cane handle offers a comfortable curving grip as well as a classic look, and the convenience of being able to hang it on a doorknob when not in use, or over your arm when you need to reach for your wallet or checkbook.

The derby handle walking cane became popular later, as a more form-fitting cane handle was needed for even more comfort and stability. The shape of this walking cane allows your hand to grasp it while distributing your weight along the shaft of the cane, creating a piece that is as functional as it is fashionable. From the derby style came the fritz cane, which is designed in much the same way, but with an open end to keep your fingers from having to feel cramped as you grasp it properly. This cane is great for users who suffer from arthritis, or who want a more contemporary take on and old design.

Another fresh great look is the knob-handled cane, which comes in a variety of styles and designs. From the ancient, antique look of a root-knob cane to a modern ball-clock handle, this style offers the cosmopolitan appeal that few others can bring to any outfit.

Offset Handle Canes become popular for their lightweight and durable construction, padded, offset handles have also become a staple in cane design. A small, gentle crook or bend in the shaft allows the soft, padded handle to sit exactly above the shaft, ensuring the even distribution of weight, while the padded foam handle offers an easy grip, which is often a must-have.

Palm Grip canes are specially designed to be held in a certain way, with the palm of the hand bearing the majority of the weight of the body. Turning the palm to fit this handle allows so that very little finger strength is needed to grasp it, which makes it perfect for arthritic customers who often suffer. Be careful, though, since the right- and left-hand models are exact opposites, they must be ordered specifically for your cane-using arm.

*** Canes are only used for casual, novelty, and collectible use and are not promoted or used for medical use. ***