The grip bar and stem are fastened together using a 5/16” fine thread socket head cap screw with Loctite® applied during assembly. The stem is secured to the carbon fiber shaft via three 2-56 Stainless Steel Torx® head screws.
A Nylatron® tip is machined from bar stock then fit into the opposite end of the shaft, along with some Dow Corning 737 silicone sealant inside to provide a water tight seal.
The shaft is made from ø1.00" O.D., .125" wall fully autoclaved carbon fiber with a glossy twill outer layer. Before installing the Nylatron® tip, the shaft is filled with urethane foam so it doesn’t sound so hollow when something taps against it.
From the top of the grip bar to the end of the Nylatron® tip, this new cane measures about 37” long. Weighing less than 2 pounds, it can easily be used on a daily basis without much effort. Although this head configuration doesn’t have quite the mass of my earlier titanium canes, a few swipes through the air will reassure you that this could definitely be used in self-defense scenarios.
Like my classic titanium cane, the goal was to come up with a design that would be light, strong, and with just the right combination of features to also make it elegant. The glow inserts in the grip are an added bonus - making it easy to locate in the dark. You can choose blue (as shown) or green inserts.
TGCF Cane Specifications:
Grip bar: ø1.00”, 5 1/4” long, machined from solid 6AL4V titanium bar
Grip stem: machined from ø1.00” solid 6AL4V titanium bar
Shaft: ø1.00” OD x .125” wall fully autoclaved carbon fiber
Tip: machined from ø1.00” Nylatron®
Overall length: approximately 37"
Weight: 24.5 ounces