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Σάββατο, 23 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Hellenic Arrow. The Arrow of Apollo - Myth or Reality ? First reconstruction.

Article by Aristodemos Nikiteas, member of Association of Historical Studies "Koryvantes"

Hellenic arrow: 32" long, arrow weight 685 grains, barbed bronze arrowhead 187 grains, 4 x 4"   hand-cut natural goose feathers, bone swift tailed nock. FOC 10%. Modern Boyton pine shaft  11/32, 60# spine.

    Swift tail bone nock, 4x4" goose feathers, sinew binding.
  Bronze barbed arrowhead.  Originals from Troy.
                Hellenic archer 520 -510 BCE. Arrow with large barbed arrowhead
   Excellent grip for a pinch or Mediterranean draw.  Fast and easy operation


With the 180 to 200 grains barber arrowheads found at Troy but still appearing  on illustrations  520-510 BCE, an arrow of total weight of around 700 grains needs a bow of 60# minimum and above. The feathers pictured on Hellenic vases etc. are relatively small and of a round type. For stability and good flight the arrow needs 4 x 4" or 4 x 3.5" feathers. The feathers are close to the nock for more effective flight and round feathers (modern banana shape) are quite and the most stable.

The bone swift nock works like the horn strip that  used for re-enforcing self cut nock ends on Medieval arrows.
A great arrow for 6th - 5th century BCE and shows excellent knowledge and understanding of ballistics. 

 Arrowheads from Troy, 1240 BCE     


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