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A WALKING STICK is a device used by many people to facilitate balancing whilst walking.

Walking sticks come in many shapes and sizes, and can be sought by collectors. Some kinds of walking stick may be used by people with disabilities as a crutch. The walking stick has also historically been known to be used as a defensive or offensive weapon, and may conceal a knife or sword as in a swordstick.

Walking sticks, also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles or hiking sticks, are used by hikers for a wide variety of purposes: to clear spider webs, part thick bushes or grass obscuring the trail; as a support when going uphill or a brake when going downhill; as a balance point when crossing streams, swamps or other rough terrain; to feel for obstacles in the path; to test mud and puddles for depth; and as a defence against wild animals. A walking stick can be improvised from nearby felled wood. More ornate sticks are made for avid hikers, and are often adorned with small trinkets or medallions depicting "conquered" territory. Wood walking sticks are used for outdoor sports, healthy upper body exercise and even club, department and family memorials. They can be individually handcrafted from a number of woods, and may be personalised in many ways for the owner.

Types of walking sticks: American "walking canes", in North America, a walking cane is a walking stick with a curved top much like a shepherd's staff, but shorter. Thus, although they are called "canes," they are usually made of material heavier than cane, such as wood or metal. Ashplant, an Irish walking stick made from the ash tree. Devil's walking stick, made from Hercules plant. Shooting stick, it can fold out into a single-legged seat. Supplejack, made from a tropical American vine, also serves as a cane. Penang lawyer, made from Asian Palm. Makila (or makhila), Basque walking stick or Staff. Kebbie, Scottish walking stick. Whangee, Asian, made of bamboo, also a riding crop. Malacca, Malay stick made of Palm. Pike Staff, pointed at the end for slippery surfaces. Waddy, Australian walking stick or club.

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