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    Source for authentic bolt making

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    Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by bpnelson on Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:30 am

    Hey guys, I thought I'd share something I found on the web. I was looking for makers of 1/2 socket or larger arrow heads for making some medieval style bolts. I found two sites:

    longbowandarrow.co.uk
    rudderbowsarchery.com

    The first sells a multitude of shafts (including 3/8, 1/2, and 1/2-3/8 tapered) as well as medieval style bodkins and target piles for any sized shaft (1/2" war bodkins are about 200 grains).

    The second sells very heavy war-type bodkins (1/2 socket, 350 grains) as well as many shafts including 3/8 and the tapered 1/2-3/8.

    For those in the US, longbowandarrow.co.uk has that export tax on the arrow heads. So with shipping and all it comes to about $2.50 a bodkin (for the expensive war heads).

    The bodkins from rudderbowsarchery.com average to about $5 each.

    Just thought I'd share.

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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by Gnome on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:06 am

    I just received a dozen quarrel bodkins from longbowandarrow.co.uk, Richard Head Longbows. Overall I'm very pleased, and shipping from the UK was very quick. One thing, though, I ordered 1/2" bodkins, expecting the outer diameter of the socket to be 1/2", but these are slightly smaller. I don't have them with me to measure, but since I'd planned on 1/2" shafts, that means barrelling down the end a bit. Not a bad idea anyway, but not quite what I expected.
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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:54 am

    A cheap little pipe cutter is a great tool for fitting on bolt / arrow heads.

    3 Rivers Archery sells some nifty little bolt heads. They are not authentic repros, but medieval styled, only cost 8 dollars for 3 heads (125 grains), and look nice. I use them on 3/8" shafting.

    I wouldn't recommend rudderbows to my worst enemy.


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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by bpnelson on Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:55 am

    Bad experiences? I've never ordered from them.
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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:00 am

    Very bad experience. PA's web forums have others commenting on Rudderbows who have had much worse experiences with that company. I will just say be careful if you order from him, but not everyone feels the way I do, so you pays your money and takes your chances. PM me if you want details.
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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by bpnelson on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:07 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I'll probably go with Richard Head Longbows' bodkins. They're cheaper anyway. Also, what do you think about using 1/2" oak dowels? The store here has them with a nice straight grain.
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    Re: Source for authentic bolt making

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:30 am

    Any hardwood doweling that is the right diameter for your particular bolts should work fine. Just make sure the shaft is straight, and so is the grain. Grain run-off is not our friend. Cresting the bolts with bright colors may help you find them in on the range or in the field, too.

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