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Sourcing a 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:31 am
by Recon39
hi, i am fairly new to this site and not too active (my apologies) however after being at a few shows with my group (paladins of chivalry) i have developed a love for the crossbow and am looking for a fairly cheap one that fits my time period (14th century) although i am not to sure on were to start my search, any help on this, hopefully i will be at Tewksbury and kelmarsh this year but i would like to try and obtain one beforehand so i can get some practise in, so any information will be much appreciated.

Thanks for your time

Re: Looking for 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:41 am
by Hinny Annie

Re: Looking for 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:57 am
by John Waller
Define cheap? For C14th you are probably looking at a wooden or composite stave not steel. You could cheat and use a fibreglass prod suitably disguised.

I got a steel x-bow from Steve at Ancient Battle Crafts at the last Blore for a very reasonable £125. It's a bit rough, but you get what you pay for.

Apart from Arbalist have a drool over Todsstuff www.todsstuff.co.uk and Replica Crossbow World http://replicacrossbowworld.com/gal2.html#nogo

Re: Looking for 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:08 am
by Hobbitstomper
You can buy the steel bits to make one from Alchem in the states but would need to make the stock and nut. Draw weights range from 80 to 250lb but the higher powered ones trash quarrels and go through archery nets.

Re: Looking for 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:20 pm
by sparky
You could also try http://www.fairbowuk.com/ james is doing some nice crossbows with wooden prods.

Mark

Re: WANTED: Looking for 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:01 am
by Recon39
Thank you all for your replies, in regards to price, i am looking for something around £200, so sadley nothing too fancy.
although i would love one from tod, i had a good look at the replica crossbow world however i was not able to find the prices. But thank you all very much so far, getting really excited about my crossbow to be :D

Re: Sourcing a 14th century Crossbow

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:53 am
by wwebb
Try the Excalibur crossbows its more accurate and efficient, but I think its more expensive than the other one.