Western Training Weapons


Raven Studios European wasters are designed to withstand the rigors of partner training as well as solo technique practice. I feel it is important that each training weapon mimic a real weapons performance and feel as closely as possible, therefore these hardwood practice wasters are constructed with the following qualities:

  • Patterned after real swords. I strive to maintain historical accuracy.
  • The blades are made from Hickory.
  • The blades (unless otherwise noted) have a diamond shaped cross section for strength and performance, and the edges are rounded for durability.
  • The double edged blades are made with a distal and profile taper to help maintain proper balance and feel.
  • The blades are made with a ricasso for added strength.
  • The guards are locked into the blades and can not slide or loosen.
  • The blades have a full tang and the handles are constructed with laminated hardwood slabs.
  • The handles are oval shaped for comfort, blade orientation, and control.
  • The hilt is made from your choice of Hickory, Jatoba, or Purple Heart.
  • Finished with a linseed and tung oil blend which penetrates into the wood to create a tough and durable surface.
  • Wearing eye protection is ALWAYS recommended during partner training.

Custom Wasters

If you would like one of the standard items (seen below) with your own special specifications, or you’d like a type of waster not found on this website, supply a written description with a photo or drawing and I’ll let you know if it’s something I can make for you. Please contact me at carinac@little-raven.com for a price quote and timeline.  (No fantasy or cartoon sword requests please. R.S. wasters are not toys, they are designed for serious martial arts training.)

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