After a few weeks of browsing the forum learning everything I can from all of the knowledgeable folks here and drooling over everyone's incredible projects, I thought it was the right time to register and introduce myself. I also have a question that I have not yet found an answer to, and was wondering if anyone here could point me in the right direction.
I recently built a very basic Central European-style bow using a cheap fiberglass "replacement" prod from a manufacturer who sells cheap commercial bows. It was advertised at 150#, but I estimate its actual draw weight at about 120-130# at about eleven inches draw from about three inches brace. Now, having been inspired by the projects on display here, I'm looking to build a bow with a steel prod that will look/feel a bit more authentic. I'm trying to find a steel prod with similar performance to the fiberglass one from my previous bow, and am trying to figure out what draw weight will be required. I've heard that steel prods are less efficient than fiberglass ones because of their weight, etc., but I'd like to get a better idea of just what this means. Does anyone have any advice or educated guesses on approximate differences in efficiency? I'm thinking about putting in an order at Alchem soon so that the prod will be ready by the time I am able to begin work in late August.
Thanks, everyone, and it's been a pleasure learning from you so far!