[nabs-l] 50/50 NFB Canes

Jewel S. herekittykat2 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 23:37:13 UTC 2010


Hey Brice,

I have a NFB 50/50 cane. I got it in May. It is fiberglass. I think it
is a great comporomise between a long white cane and a folding cane.
However, I did notice a problem with the cap after a few weeks, and
then the cap broke off. The caps are so inexpensive that I don't think
that's a major issue and the cane works just fine even with a broken
cap, but I don't use it for fear of getting fiberglass splinters in my
hand. I just haven't gotten around to getting a new cap. I think it
broke because of rough handling (I'm used to an aluminum folding
cane), so I'll have to learn to be a little less rough with this cane.

I'm going to order a new cap as soon as I get my replacement debit
card in (my purse got stolen *sigh*). After I get a new cap, if you'd
like, you're welcome to come take a look at it and try it out if you
want. It is very light and comfortable. I'd rather have a grip, but I
know NFB canes don't have grips. I've considered making one for it
from leather, though.

Give me a call if you want to take a look at it. Once school starts,
I'll be available every Tuesday and Thursday, and some weekend days,
so just call and we'll set up a time or something.

~Jewel Shuping

On 8/8/10, Katy Carroll <kc2992a at student.american.edu> wrote:
> I bought a 50/50 cane and I unhappy that there is nothing to secure the cane
> when fold the cane.
> Kate
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Marsha Drenth
> <marsha.drenth at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Bryce,
>>
>> I purchased a 50/50 cane at the last national convention. I like the 50/50
>> canes, because as you stated the telescoping canes are just not stable.
>> When
>> I was at convention I used my 50/50 cane. But within a few days of using
>> it,
>> the screw that holds the elastic came out and got stuck in the top piece.
>> Once I was able to fish the elastic out, I found someone with super glue.
>> I
>> then super glued the screw into the lower piece, so that now the screw
>> won't
>> come out, and thus being able to fold the cane. And the elastic stays into
>> place. This is just what I did. I would be careful if you were going to
>> super glue it, that all the super glue only goes into the lower part of
>> the
>> cane, as if there is any left over and it is connected to the top part, it
>> will become a straight cane. After super gluing, I did not unfold it, make
>> it straight for a good while so the glue could dry. I don't remember which
>> type of cane I got, but its very very sturdy.
>>
>> HTH
>> Marsha
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>> Behalf
>> Of Brice Smith
>> Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2010 4:09 PM
>> To: nabs-L at nfbnet.org
>> Subject: [nabs-l] 50/50 NFB Canes
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Does anyone here have experience with or use an NFB 50/50 cane?
>>
>> I've occasionally heard they're unstable and not worth the purchase,
>> but I don't know how reliable that information is. I'd think they'd be
>> more reliable than the very disappointing telescoping canes given they
>> only fold in two sections and they would seem like a nice compromise
>> between a long nonfolding model and one that folds in many small
>> pieces. Do they live up to expectation or should I just stick with the
>> regular NFB straight cane? If they're worth using, which material do
>> you prefer -- carbon fiber or fiberglass?
>>
>> Thanks for any thoughts or opinions.
>>
>> - Brice
>>
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