Empire Training Blades
Quality to Match Your Style!
Greetings welcome to Empire Training Blades. Where we supply you with all of your training blade and rattan stick needs. We believe that you should train with the most realistic safety equipment possible. To this end, we work towards making high quality training blades for very reasonable rates. You're not going to find wooden swords or rubber knives at this site. Instead you'll find aluminum training blades ranging from a small knife design, to medium sized blades, up to the length of training swords. (We even have some more exotic types such as a spear and tomahawk design.)
We also carry a full line of high quality rattan sticks straight from Guro Kevin Seaman. These stick are fire hardened for strength and durability. Guro Kevin has literally sold thousands of these rattan sticks world wide. I have personally used them for years and swear by them. Having used many other types of sticks, I find that Guro Kevin's sticks are the best that I've ever used.
While we firmly believe in using aluminum training blades, there are times when you need a sparring knife. Aluminum trainers do not fall into that category. While aluminum is a soft metal when compared to steel, it's still a bit too hard for sparring. To that end, we also have the full line of Sharkee Training Knives which are hard plastic knives that are ideal for sparring. The plastic is more forgiving than aluminum which means that you can have more intense sparring sessions. (We still recommend standard safety equipment such as gloves.)
All training blades are made one-at-a-time by Chris Thompson. We don't have a huge factory churning out hundreds of blades per day. What we do have is pride in the work that we do. We are positive you'll get a lifetime of use from our products.
All products are proudly handmade in the USA.
We are pleased to announce our new video section. For our first video release, we have featured the Palm Stick as taught by Guro Chris Thompson of the FMA Academy.