I realize that they may well have gone out of style when Queen Victoria died, but does anyone here carrry a walking stick for self defence? For many years now, I have carried a stout Irish blackthorn stick, but perhaps the grey chin whiskers let me get away with it more easiely than a young man in his 30's. I can only wonder if more men started to carry a walking stick, would they come back in fashion? I can't think of a better self defence item outside of a firearm, its always there in your hand ready to go, leagel everyplace as I've walked right onto airliners with mine, and they give alot more reach that a knife. Not to mention they make a interesting collection.