What types of walking sticks are there?
Although all walking sticks are designed for the same purpose, the material they are made from can differ. Wooden walking sticks are most commonly used and should be measured according to height. They can be made out of different woods such as beech, chestnut, ash and mahogany, each with their own hue and characteristics. Wooden walking sticks have a natural feel and can have ornate carvings that are not possible with the metal options. Metal walking sticks are generally stronger and often adjustable in height. Carbon fibre walking sticks are the strongest of all and often adjustable. There are also foldable walking sticks that can easily be stored away.
There are two main walking stick designs; single tipped and multiple tipped sticks. Single tipped walking sticks have a single tip that makes contact with the ground, are light and the least bulky. For multiple tipped sticks, there are three (tripod) or four (tetrapod) tips that connect with the floor. Multiple points of contact with the ground allow for greater stability while walking, and may be preferred for those who require extra help balancing on their feet.