Santösh Weapons

Handmade custom training weapons

Santösh Weapons

A craftsman by trade, David Santösh Jean combined his expertise with his passion for martial arts by creating a line of handmade custom weapons.

Since 2019, David has been making custom weapons for Wu An Martial Arts – YMAA Wu An seminars hosted by YMAA Québec and for customers around the world.

Due to high demand, orders may take several months to fill.




Full contact durability

The only wooden weapons you’ll ever need

Metal insert reinforcements

Santösh sword and some saber guards are reinforced with a metal insert to better withstand full contact training against other Santösh wooden weapons.

Finished with natural oil sealers

Each Santösh wood weapon is finished with three coats of top quality natural wood oil sealers (dried for 24 hours each), making it 100% waterproof with added resistance to impact. 

They are coated with Livos or Ligna wood sealers, the same trusted brands used by professionals for furniture, countertops, and floors.

Single piece of wood

Santösh wooden swords and sabers (with simple guards) are sculpted from a single piece of wood with no fragile joints.

Saber options

  1. Simple guard – The entire saber is sculpted from a single piece of wood.
  2. Full guard – The guard is made with a separate piece of wood, reinforced with a metal insert. The blade has more details of the oxtail style saber (牛尾刀 niu wei dao).

Customize Your Santösh Weapon

Wood Finish

  • Hickory and White Oak*: Ideal for full-contact training and sparring.
  • Ash and Red Oak: Slightly lighter, different look, good for moderate contact training (can withstand light sparring).

*Additional cost for white oak as the wood is more expensive.

Rounded or Sharp Tip

Swords and sabers can be made with rounded or sharp tips. Rounded tips are highly recommended for partner practice.

Sword Guard Options

Sword Pommel Options

Saber - Niuweidao

Saber - Yanlingdao

Saber - Daodao

Weight & Dimensions

Weight / Thickness: Weapons can be made thicker and heavier for conditioning purposes. If you’re unsure, please provide your training experience and goals.

Length: If you’re unsure of the proper length, provide your height and experience level. Shorter weapons are easier for beginners. The length is ultimately determined by your personal preference. For reference:

  • Shaolin: with the sword or saber held in the practitioner’s hand, the tip should reach the top of the ear
  • Taijiquan: with the tip on the ground, Taiji swords and sabers should reach the practitioner’s solar plexus
Jon is 5'9, sword is 39" (just right)
Michelle is 5'3, sword is 39" (a few inches long)
Jon is 5'9, taiji sword is 45" (a few inches short)

Personal Design

  • Add your name, logo, or image
  • Engravings
  • Metal plate

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