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by chidokan
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 9215

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I havent tried to make a silk string after failing miserably using flytying silk... anyone done one? If so, how do they compare?
by chidokan
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 9215

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

I did a couple of excel sheets on bow poundage vs arrow size for longbows for a couple of friends of mine who are not p.c. users but what I call 'true craftsmen'... both were slightly surprised at the results, which showed as you get to about a 1/2" shaft the poundage can vary by quite some mar...
by chidokan
Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?
Replies: 12
Views: 3964

Re: long bows - evidence of drawing to mouth or ear?

the stance is near as dammit the best way to pick up a heavy weight without putting your back out...shoulders back, arched spine, stomach pointed to the floor... Its how I use a japanese sword, and I spotted recently on a trip over there they use bows in the same way....
by chidokan
Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Azincourt 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4894

Re: Azincourt 2015

isnt there a ban on taking longbows across the channel?? Sure I read that somewhere about the chunnel...( Not that I am thinking the french may still hold a grudge or anything... :D )
by chidokan
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet camoflage..?
Replies: 23
Views: 5046

Re: Helmet camoflage..?

there is a painted sallet in the armouries, which is quite a dull black as its base,(old rust) and has yellow and red decoration, so back when it was new I would say it was almost garish! Reading the books on battles in general, you get the idea that concealment only occurs when the other guys cant ...
by chidokan
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pikes at Bosworth.....
Replies: 19
Views: 5201

Re: Pikes at Bosworth.....

I often wonder why they dont make a tv series of the wars...it would be almost as complex as the plots my mrs watches in coronation street... :D
by chidokan
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sources for spurs suitable for 15th century -
Replies: 27
Views: 7433

Re: Sources for spurs suitable for 15th century -

I remember someone showing me a spur found in the river bank at Towton...it was admittedly a long time ago, but the multipoint rowel sticks in my mind as quite a sharp looking thing about an inch or so in diameter.
by chidokan
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Steel for armour
Replies: 19
Views: 4629

Re: Steel for armour

do you intend to 'use it ' or just walk around in it/display only??? That would make a lot of difference as you could go really thin(and light) if not in use... I am almost tempted to say you could use aluminium or plastic and spray paint it black for instance... If for 'proper use' you cannot take ...
by chidokan
Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making a ballock dagger
Replies: 4
Views: 2318

Re: Making a ballock dagger

how do you intend to 'drill' the hole for the blade? I was looking at the MR book which has a load of sample line drawings and the tangs seem flat/triangular...
by chidokan
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

The pertinent question seems to be: What do we not know about period bowstrings that allows them to support the draw-weight of these bows? The only question I could ask is are they glued or waxed? If so, is there a difference? I found out in conversation that italian hemp is better than, say, engli...
by chidokan
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

my fault, thread drift! :D but related I guess... reason being I can relate to swords a lot easier than bows, and the logic of use and skill progression seems similar in my experience of both weapons. As an engineer working in a mass production environment, I drive my local bowyer mad with ideas to ...
by chidokan
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

I agree, never go edge to edge, just looking for trouble! I dont think you would get everyone carrying sharp blades, as 'proper ones' are expensive. It all depends how you want to put your ideas across to joe public. Anyone who asks me if mine is sharp automatically puts me on my guard and they dont...
by chidokan
Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

We don't carry sharp swords; is that like wearing modern shoes too? It all depends on how seriously you take the word reenactment.... :D I use a sharp sword for iaido,(japanese swordsmanship) some of which involves partner work.It makes you more ....careful... I have done this for thirty+ years tho...
by chidokan
Mon May 21, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

The fact is that any reenactments of this period should have AT LEAST 50% (and in many cases far higher) of the people playing archers to look anything like a medieval English army. Is the problem most people want to be in full armour and be a 'knight', rather than 'poor Tommy'.... or because it is...
by chidokan
Sun May 20, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights
Replies: 92
Views: 25988

Re: Medieval Longbow Draw Weights

Modern man is obviously weaker than his ancestors... there again we do sit on our backsides all day, have cranes and forklifts to pick up anything heavy, and have health and safety limits on how much you are allowed to pick up, even if you have a manual labour type of job... and then stick it in the...

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