Bows and archery are not necessarily the first things that come to mind when thinking of the weapons of the Viking age, but they did nevertheless play an important role. There are written, pictorial as well as archeological evidence which paint a clear picture of the bow as a pivotal weapon in Viking-age Scandinavia, both in war and hunting. In the Sagas there are heroes who could aim incredibly accurately with their strong bows. The most notable characteristics of a Viking bow are its long nocks/string notches, (the grooves at tips of the bow, where the string is attached). The other curiosity of the Viking bow is the stud at the top of the bow, which in all likelihood is there to keep the string in place when the bow is not strung. When transporting a bow, the string tends to slip down and get tangled, so perhaps the stud was their way of trying to solve this annoying little problem.
Limbs: Hickory core throughout. Bow tips are flat curvy cylinders allowing the use of today's modern bow strings.
String: Flemish twist bow string. Manufacturer recommended brace height: 7" - 8".
Left and Right hand available. Please specify.
Please Note: A different tint of color, different grain in the wood, and even "birthmarks" are common in this bow. You may receive a bow that looks different from the one pictured. Please be aware of this when ordering. If you would like a particular look, include a note on your order to contact you.
Choose from a left or right hand bow (choose based on what hand you Draw the bow string with), and bow weight at a 28" draw length. Remember that with a traditional bow the weight will change depending upon what your draw length is. Bow weight will change approximately ±2½ pounds for every inch from a bows rated draw length. So a bow rated 45# @ 28" bow is roughly a 42½# @ 27" or 47½# @ 29". Draw weight is marked at the nearest 5# increment to actual weight.
Bow stringer not included. A bow stringer is recommended for stringing any recurve bow or longbow. Stringing a bow without a bow stringer, or stringing it backwards will void a bow's warranty. It is recommended to unstring your bow if you do not plan to be shooting more than week. Store your bow on its side, or hanging vertically from a peg. Never rest the bow on the lower tip for extended periods of time. Never dry fire the bow (shooting without an arrow).
Shipping will be between 5-7 business days domestic and up to 30 days international. Local pickup is avaiable and preferred.