Have you inherited a horn handled walking stick and have noticed it has started to dull? Follow The Field's low maintenance tips to learn how to properly look after it

If you are lucky enough to have inherited a horn handled walking stick, don’t leave it behind in the stand for fear of damaging it. Horn handled walking sticks are surprisingly easy to look after. Just follow The Field’s simple tricks to low maintenance care and keep it in tip top condition. If it accompanied your grandfather in the field, then it can accompany you too.

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I have been given a horn handled walking stick as a gift (it originally belonged to my grandfather). He really looked after it and I would like to use it while keeping it in the same good condition. The horn is beginning to look rather dull. Can you help?

WM, by email

Horn handled walking sticks should not be left in strong sunlight and especially not in a car on a hot day. Also, they should not be stored next to a hot radiator. This is because heat has been used to form the handle and while heat from the sun or radiator would not significantly alter the handle’s shape at this stage, there is a chance that it would be altered slightly. Horn handles require only an occasional polish with brass cleaner to bring back the lustre.