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Got the trainer to pair with my Shintō. Very nicely made, as always from Spartan. Feel, weight, and balance are excellent for a training knife. It’s a little lighter than the Shintō but pretty close.
Excellent trainer that worked well in class. My only concern was that I would like to see the weight of the trainer match the actual Shintō blade.
Ive been training with the live Shinto and the trainer, using the Ronin Tactics online course. The trainer is a quality built tool, feel is same in either hand just as the live shinto does. And its a good looking thing all red and black. Great visible reference.
Spartan-Rōnin Shintō Trainer - This training knife is made to mimic the Spartan-Ronin Shinto in form. While slightly lighter than the real knife, the ergonomics are exact with a slightly shorter blade due to the rounded tip. Shinto meaning, “The practice of establishing a connection between the ways of the old and the ways of the new.” Tu Lam is a retired Special Forces soldier, "Green Beret" and teammate of the Spartan Blades founders during their time in Okinawa where they worked as snipers; Tu Lam was part of an assault troop in the same company. Tu Lam has quickly become the “Go to” authority to military and law enforcement training and is the power house behind RONIN Tactics, Inc., an organization that trains many of the top tier military and law enforcement units in the world in H2H and knife techniques. Tu is also the Co-Host of The History Channels "Forged in Fire, Knife or Death” television series.