80-year-old lady surprised when TSA finds sword inside her walking cane


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/11/80-year-old-lady-surprised-whe.html


#2

No, that is not a sword in my cane; I am just happy to see you.


#3

Did somebody say cane sword?


#4

And once again, the TSA bravely protects us from dangerous items carried by non-dangerous persons.

What, someone’s going to try to hijack a plane with a sword, now? With the ever-decreasing space in a plane, you couldn’t even get a decent swing or thrust from most angles.


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#6

I’m off to the thrift store. I’ll be in the cane aisle.


#7

“To the three of us.”


#8

The description accords with Richard Francis Burton’s accounting in The Book of the Sword.


#9

suuurrrre “surprised”. that’s one badass grandma.


#10

Was that wrong? Because I don’t have any unsworded canes.


#11

Always seemed like the target demographic for that product must be kind if limited. How many people both

  1. Require a cane to walk
  2. Need to be ready for close-range armed combat at all times

#12

\3. Have any knowledge of, or skill at, swordsmanship. A cane sword is not an easy weapon to use effectively.


#13

They’re typically bloody awful swords, too.


#14

I doubt many sword canes are made today. As mentioned in the article you find old ones in thrift stores from a time when a cane was a reasonable accessory for a gentleman.


#15

Sword canes seem like a marketing gimick for paranoid rich toffs.


#16

I aways have thought of them as a vanity item. A way to make “I’m old and have to use a cane” into “I’m old and I have a sword hidden in my cane.”


#17

Wow. Have to remember: Use the blade for thrusting, the scabbard for parrying. And, also, that they’re illegal in less enlightened nations.


#18

Right? That lady’s got important work to do!


#19

Aw man - I would have gladly traded her my mundane one for hers.

I wonder if it was a cheapy Cold Steel or something nice, like a vintage one or that guy who makes them in South Africa.


#20

She obviously doesn’t read BoingBoing