Frequently Asked Questions


What does "Talim" mean?
Talim is a Filipino word that means "blade" or "edge". It refers to something that is sharp, like the cutting edge of a knife but can also be used to describe anything that is long, wide and flat, like the blade on a propeller or a blade of grass. Although not grammatically correct, the idea behind the name "Talim Trainers" is to allude to the simulation of training with a sharp edge or "a blade for training".
What types of wood do you use to make Talim Trainers?
Talim Trainers are made out of Hard Maple, Jatoba or Baltic Birch.
What's the difference between the wood types you use?
The Hard Maple trainer is light, quick and resilient. These trainers are designed for light to medium contact.

The Jatoba trainer is heavy and dense. These trainers are designed for light to medium contact or solo training to aid in developing strength during practice.

Baltic Birch is constructed with equal thickness veneers entirely of birch.

Please read the Details page for more information.
Why is the kerambit trainer only available in one type of wood?
The Kerambit is the only Talim Trainer available in Baltic Birch. With wood kerambit trainers, the finger ring has both strong and weak areas resulting from the direction of the wood grain. If the trainer is dropped on a hard surface, there is a chance the finger ring will break. Unlike other wood kerambit trainers, the Talim Trainers kerambit is break resistant.
Can I practice at full speed and power with a Talim Trainer?
Using a Talim Trainer for full speed/power practice is not recommended and not the focus behind its use. Please remember that wood is a natural product and is not unbreakable. Any wood trainer will eventually break from consistent, hard contact.
How did you come up with the blade designs?
Every Talim trainer is based on a real blade (usually an antique) or from a combination of two blades. For example, the Barong has the blade shape and overall dimensions of one barong and the handle shape of another.
Can I apply a clear coat to protect the wood?
Yes. However, clear coat finishes do not penetrate and preserve the wood. Applying a clear coat also voids the Talim Trainer warranty. It is highly recommended to treat the trainer with linseed oil. This oil keeps the wood from drying out, provides protection and extends the life of the wood.

Please read the Care & Maintenance page for more information.
What payment options do you offer?
We accept all major credit cards. All prices are in U.S. dollars. We process payments through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to make your purchase. For orders outside of the U.S., the checkout store will automatically calculate the price in your currency and charge you accordingly.
How do you ship Talim Trainers?
We do our best to get your Talim Trainers in your hands as soon possible. Products in stock will be shipped via USPS within 1-5 business days of ordering.
What's your return policy?
If you aren't completely satisfied, contact us within 15 days of receiving your Talim Trainer. Once you return it in sellable condition, we will refund the purchase price minus shipping.

If the trainer has a material or manufacturing defect, it will be repaired or replaced at our discretion. Contact us within 15 days of receiving the trainer, describe the issue, provide pictures (where applicable) and the problem will be resolved to your satisfaction.

Please read the Talim Trainer warranty for more information.
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