Today in my favorite antique shop I came over 5 old – vintage hiking sticks with stick nails – stocknägel. I could not find the word for a stocknagel in english. To explain it, a stocknagel is a souvenir you nail on your walking or hiking stick from a place of interest – mostly in the mountains. Its a tradition in europe and also a collectable or souvinir of where you have been. Its also a motivation for kids to collect them and some go mad about getting their sticks full. By that they learn to enjoy hiking and climb mountains by play.
In English they are often called “hiking medallions” or “hiking stick/staff medallions”. Oftentimes they can be found at gift shops in national parks.
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A friend was handed down 2 walking sticks (curved canes with metal tips on the end) from a grand father who was/came from in Europe. I am looking for the info on all of the sticknails on both canes and I am having a hard time finding any kind of info on quite a few of them! Suggestions as to where I could look or any other information possible would be greatly appreciated!
Hello Katie, all thoose badges on the hiking sticks are collected in hiking areas, mostly sold by the nearby mountain restaurants or from the local alpine club. So they are either from a special mountain, an area or for a place there. I hope this answers your questions.