standard choices and features

standard choices

Standard choices are all included in the base price and are the most accurate with the historical replication. If there is a standard choice that you object to and it no other options are offered as an upgrade please contact me with the option you are interested in. Not all choices are available for all bow models.

choice of wood

Our standard woods are cherry, walnut, and in some cases, (bows that don’t require as much shaping) oak. Cherry finishes out a medium red-gold brown. The walnut is dark American walnut. It is darker (hence looks older) than European walnut, and ranges from a dark fudge-brown to almost black. The oak is American red oak. It’s a reddish-tan color with a pronounced grain, and because it’s rather hard to work, we offer it as a standard wood only on plain stocks.

Please inquire if you are interested in alternate woods.

prod cover

The prod will be covered with leather (rawhide or pigskin) that is dyed black or brown, to cover the bright aluminum alloy. You are also welcome to choose a color stain for the leather on your crossbow’s prod.


standard features

Standard features are all included in the base price and are the most accurate with the historical replication. If there is a standard feature that you object to and it no other choices are offered as an upgrade or option please contact me with the option you are interested in. Not all options are available for all bow models.

prod

The standard prod is aluminum alloy. It is efficient, durable, and of the correct shape and size, though rather bright in color. It can produce 50 to 80 lb draw weight (300 to 700 in/lb). 

prod binding

The standard prod is aluminum alloy. It is efficient, durable, and of the correct shape and size, though rather bright in color. It can produce 50 to 80 lb draw weight (300 to 700 in/lb). 

Our bows come with the standard bound-in prod that was by far the most common bow mounting in Medieval and Renaissance crossbows.

There is also an option to upgrade to Bow Irons on many bows. This makes transporting, or switching prods, a bit easier.

View upgrade information. 

trigger and stirrups

All of our bows (except the Skane) use steel triggers and steel stirrups. We hand forge our triggers.

lockplates

The Lockplates cover the access to the nut, or release.

Metal lockplates are screwed on and allow a metal pin fastening for the nut, to prevent the nut from ‘jumping’ out of the nut socket. Maximilian, Western, Flemish, Straight, and Padre Island bows come with standard inlet blued steel lockplates.

Brass and/or intricate or specialized lockplates are available as an upgrade.

Rawhide lockplates are inlet, and stained black, unless the customer/client desires a specific color of stain. Available on the Ulrich, Finnish, Danish, German Sporting, and Central European bows. Rawhide lockplates are permanently attached. The nut on the bows with these lockplates uses a cord binding called a nussfaden, which keeps the nut from ‘jumping’ out of the nut socket.

Horn lockplates are also available as an upgrade. We use cow horn. Please inquire if you are interested in a horn lockplate. 

roller release

By far the most common crossbow lock, up to the 16th century in Europe, was the roller release that we use. Most of these bows used a staghorn roller or nut. We use Delrin releases as standard on our light bows. It’s strong, fast, and inexpensive to make. This release is quite sufficiently strong to serve any of our bows.

You may upgrade to a horn release.. We use moose antler, very strong with good ivory, for our horn releases, and hand turn the nuts on our lathe.

View upgrade information. 


available upgrades

Available upgrades are all additional charges on top of the base price. Some upgrades are accurate to the historical reproduction and some are not. If there is a upgrade that do not see offered, please contact me about it. Not all upgrades are available for all bow models. Click here for a list of upgrades with prices.