Irish Blackthorn Walking Sticks: Unique and Useful Collectibles
Blackthorn Irish walking sticks are ideal for trekking over the grasslands and fens of Ireland, or wherever you choose to roam. When you make use of a walking stick for hiking or walking, a whole new world opens up to you. You’ll discover nature’s gallery of heaths, fens and woodlands as well as the birds and animals that visit or live in rustic habitats.
In particular, blackthorn walking canes can be used to troop over trails and traverse over slopes that might be rather difficult to manage without the use of the support. Stylish and well-made, the sticks can also be used for clearing away bramble along pathways as well as for traction on muddy trails. Indeed, the sticks can serve as a weapon against any bush or plant that stands in the way of pedestrian progress.
Collecting Blackthorn Walking Sticks
While people use these poles mainly for walking or hiking, others like to collect these unique icons of Irish tradition. Known also as shillelaghs, the sticks, in days of old, were used in fighting, and replaced the swords that at one time were employed for protection and defense. If you are a collector of blackthorn Irish walking sticks, then you’ll probably want to include walking stick badges to identify the sticks in your collection too. Badges come in a variety of styles and can include actual representations of coins as well as Irish symbols, such as the ever-popular shamrock.
Or, you may want to accessorize your cane with a silver leg crook (useful for picking berries out in the wild), or embellish it with a pewter decoration, such as a star. Typically, the sticks themselves are available with a knob grip (the root of the blackthorn shrub or tree), pistol grip, or crosshead styling.
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