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How to Measure Your Walking Stick for a Ferrule

Wednesday, 7 August 2019  |  Admin

Replacing a ferrule can be confusing, not least because you need to make sure you have the right ferrule for your walking stick or cane. To make things as easy as possible for you, we've put together a guide to How to Measure Your Walking Stick for a Ferrule.

Learn to fit your ferrule

Why Would I Need A New Ferrule? 

Your ferrule can wear out over time, and if you use your walking stick frequently outdoors it can need replacement in just weeks. The right ferrule improves your grip and stability, and it is important to find the right fit. 

How Do I Find Out What Size Ferrule I Need? 

You must measure your walking stick to find out what ferrule size you need. You must measure the diameter of the walking stick without a ferrule. A walking stick with a diameter of 22mm without a ferrule needs a ferrule of 22mm. 

What Is the Diameter? 

A ferrule is measured by the diameter of a walking stick rather than the circumference. The table below illustrates the difference between these two measurements. 

How-to-size-your-ferrule-guide

How Do I Measure My Walking Stick's Diameter? 

  1. With the old ferrule already removed (see below if you need help with this) look at the bottom of your stick
  2. Hold a tape measure or ruler up to the bottom of the stick at the widest part (i.e. the centre)
  3. Read the measurement off of your ruler or tape measure; this is the size of ferrule you will need
  4. E.g. a stick with a diameter of 22mm will require a ferrule with a diameter of 22mm

Choose a New Ferrule

You may already have your new ferrule; if so feel free to skip straight past this section. If you do need a ferrule, here is a quick overview of the options available to you:

Rubber Ferrules

The most common type of ferrule, a rubber ferrule is ideal for maintaining grip on hard, smooth ground, such as indoors or in the city.

Heavy-Duty Type Z Rubber FerruleSturdy with a time-tested design, the Heavy Duty Type Z Rubber Ferrule is a staple, stable base seen on many walking sticks. It is appropriate for use in most conditions.


Flexyfoot Shock-Absorbing FerruleA more modern take on the rubber ferrule, the Flexyfoot Shock-Absorbing Ferrule is able to bend and compress on contact with the ground for a unique stable feel.


Metal Ferrules

A reliable and durable choice, metal ferrules will outlast their rubber counterparts but are better suited to soft ground and country walks.

Type K Metal Ferrule for Walking SticksMore durable than its rubber alternatives, the Type K Metal Ferrule for Walking Sticks offers a firm connection on soft ground, but isn't the best choice for hard surfaces.


Spiked-Tip Steel FerruleWith a spike tip, the Spiked-Tip Steel Ferrule generates even firmer grip on soft surfaces and less reliable grip on hard surfaces. It is ideal for soft, slippy, even boggy terrain.


Combi Ferrules

For some of the benefits of both kinds of ferrule, it is possible to get a metal ferrule with a removable rubber tip – known as a combi ferrule.

Combi Spike Walking Stick FerruleThe top half of a combi ferrule, the Combi Spike Walking Stick Ferrule provides excellent grip on soft surfaces and terrain, ideal for walks through country fields.


Type E Combi Ferrule for the Combi Spike Walking Stick FerruleThe corresponding rubber tip, the Type E Combi Ferrule for the Combi Spike Walking Stick Ferrule is able to be removed or replaced quickly for good grip on hard surfaces.


How to Remove Your Old Ferrule

This can vary slightly by ferrule: rubber ferrules can almost always be pulled off, but metal ferrules often feature a screw fastening which needs to be removed carefully to avoid damaging the wood. Sometimes it is possible to remove these using a screwdriver and sometimes the whole ferrule can be unscrewed by hand, but it is best to proceed with caution as these can differ greatly between models.

Attach a New Ferrule

Attaching a new ferrule is a much easier step than removing the old one. For most rubber ferrules the only requirement is to push the ferrule firmly onto the bottom of the stick so it goes as far on as it can. For some metal ferrules there will be a screw fastening, but – much more than when removing a ferrule – its mechanism should be self explanatory.

What If My Ferrule Is the Wrong Size?

If you find your stick is the wrong size for your replacement ferrule, the easiest option is always just to purchase a new ferrule. These are generally cheap items – much cheaper than the stick itself, which you want to avoid damaging.

With that said, if you cannot find an appropriate ferrule, it is possible to shave down the bottom of a wooden stick to fit a wooden ferrule. If you do this, always be careful not to take off too much of the stick, because once wood has been taken away there is no undoing it!

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