As I continue to recover from knee surgery, I need a cane inside for stairs and outside when walking in the woods behind our house. The outside use would make it very muddy, so I ordered a second cane: The Root Knobbed Blackthorn, effectively an Irish shillelagh. It tapers a bit more toward the ground end than I had expected but it has a nice weight and comfortable feel, looks beautiful and unique, and the knob surely seems like it could be practical. My family admired it too! It was expensive, but I am definitely happy with it. It can be used cane-style but I would mostly carry it and use it as needed to help me around or over obstacles, to push away branches and vines, etc.