Thanks man, now that I'm state-side I'll look into that.
We use the lightweight rattan training cannes with rubber pommel simulators. They're obviously lighter than the steel-ball-tipped originals, but the balance is similar so they handle realistically and do the job for sparring, drills etc. Would not recommend the heavy-duty canes for most training purposes, but they're good carry weapons.
Regular wooden or rattan crook-handled canes for those techniques that require crooks.
Hey what stick do you use for Bartitsu\Vigny? I'm torn between using a rattan stick without a knob and using a purple-heart heavy cane.