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Crossbow anatomy

Standard Features And Choices:

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. It's possible to do a large number of alternate woods, subject to availability and an extra charge that covers extra cost, an extra trip to the lumber yard, and often extra labor on harder woods.

 

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). 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.

 

PROD BINDING:

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.

STEEL TRIGGER & STIRRUP: 

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

CHOICE OF LOCKPLATE:

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 for an extra charge.

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 for an extra charge. Please inquire if you are interested in a horn lockplate. We use cow horn for these lockplates.

 

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 for an additional charge. We use moose antler, very strong with good ivory, for our horn releases, and hand turn the nuts on our lathe.

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Each of our crossbows offer several standard options as well as upgrade options for an additional fee. You may also view our line of crossbow accessories.

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You may order a crossbow through our secure online form with all options and accessories. We accept payment through pay-pal or mail in check only at this time.

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