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    Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

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    Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by huntsmanlance on Thu May 05, 2011 10:50 am

    I am refering to the stirrups and triggers with the twist in them just because they look darn good! Very Happy I have nooo experience at all with forging metal and was wondering if anyone sold such things.

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    Re: Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by Geezer on Thu May 05, 2011 12:34 pm

    Lance: I make most of my own triggers, and a fair number of those are either twisted, have curled ends, or are pointed to a slightly-curved rat-tail. In point of fact, there are a helluva lot of plain triggers in extant medieval/Renaissance crossbows that are dead-plain, just squared or rounded off at the tip. Outside the variation of simply bent square, carried to a point or bent round at the nuckle, most are rather plain. I find such triggers boring, so tend to twist, roll or taper them, but in fact very simple triggers, like those sold by Alchem are pretty much the norm.
    So you don't need fancy triggers to do authentic work. Fancy stirrups are even more uncommon, though many 'germanic' triggers are oval in section and have a pleasing 'T' cross-section that's very hard to reproduce.
    As for not knowing how to make these things... well, you need something for a forge an anvil and a big hammer... then you get to work. There are a fair number of youtube videos on smithing that can help.
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    Re: Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by huntsmanlance on Thu May 05, 2011 12:54 pm

    Thanks Geezer but i have too many hobbies....i have been tooling medieval leather items for over 20 years, making all of my own archery equipment and we have 6 year old twin girls!!!Here are a few pics of the leatherwork i have made.....So do you sell any of the fancy triggers and stirrups? If so i know i want some....and here in the Northern part of Ansteorra allot of my friends have been switching to crossbows so i am sure when i showed up with something fancy and after they drooled over it they would ask where i got them....of course if you dont want to be bothered with making allot i could just tell them a friend made them and doesnt have time for others! LOL

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    Re: Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by 8fingers on Fri May 06, 2011 9:54 pm

    I think you could get a hold of your local wrought iron fence outfit, or a welding shop that does decorative iron to get fancy triggers and stirrups. I would also check with college and high school shop teachers. If they can't won't do it, they might know who can.
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    Re: Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by Ivo on Sun May 08, 2011 7:25 pm

    Excellent suggestions 8fingers, those guys definitely got the equipment and the skill. All they will need is an accurate sketch with measurements and you're set.

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    Re: Source for all of those fancy crossbow parts?

    Post by juancheco on Mon May 09, 2011 10:18 am

    I ordered to cut the iron bows and the trigger to a workshop with laser cut, gross shape. Then I´ll do the file work and the in-letting whit brass pieces. That pieces I´ll do by myself whit files and sand paper.... It´s a long way....to the top......if you wanna your crossbow...!!!!!

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