Cleavers are naturally worse than swords since they are not ever meant for combat.
As for bows, I beg to differ, and tend to use cross bows for new archers, and hunting bows for the experienced archer. cross bows are good for accuracy and power, but bows can send off more shots than crossbows in a shorter time span. a young archer will need to rely more on aimed shots, but a weathered vet can use quick shots reliably, causing more damage than crossbows if all shots hit their mark.
crossbows are good for new recruits, since they’re more accurate than bows when aiming shots. And since newbies aim more often than vets, it will benefit them more.