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Accessories for Your Crossbow





Normal Weight Bow String: Made to fit our aluminum lathes. Hand made using 30 strands (15 loops) of Brownell B-50 Dacron *. The ends are served in cockscomb fashion with artificial sinew, and the center serving is made of a woven black polyester that is quite durable.

* B-50 is a standard material for modern bowstrings.

Purchase for $12.00




Heavy Weight Bow String: Strongly recommended for steel laths, these thicker and stronger strings are hand made using 50 strands (25 loops) of Brownell B-50 Dacron. The ends are served with artificial sinew, and the center serving is made of a woven black polyester that is quite durable.

These strings are sized to fit either steel or aluminum laths.

Purchase for $15.00




Doubled Ends Heavy Bow String: These more authentic, thicker and stronger strings are hand made using 50 strands (25 loops) of Brownell B-50 Dacron. These strings are made the old way, featuring doubled ends for extra strength. The ends are served with artificial sinew, and the center serving is made of a woven black polyester that is quite durable.

These strings are sized to fit either steel or aluminum laths.

Please note that if these strings are dry-fired, the knots may slip and the string can stretch!

Purchase for $20.00




Single Target Quarrel: Standard target bolts (quarrels) are approx. 16 inches in length, made of 11/32 inch cedar, with a 125 grain head and two 3" feathers.

Feather colors may be requested, but your choice cannot be guaranteed to be fufilled -- Contact us by email (or phone) to see what colors we have on hand before placing your order.

Each quarrel will cost $5.00




8 Target Quarrels: 8 Standard target bolts (quarrels) are approx. 16 inches in length, made of 11/32 inch cedar, with 125 grain heads and two 3" feathers.

Feather colors may be requested, but your choice cannot be guaranteed to be fufilled -- Contact us by email (or phone) to see what colors we have on hand before placing your order.

8 quarrels will cost $38.00




12 Target Quarrels: Standard target bolts (quarrels) are approx. 16 inches in length, made of 11/32 inch cedar, with 125 grain heads and two 3" feathers.

Feather colors may be requested, but your choice cannot be guaranteed to be fufilled -- Contact us by email (or phone) to see what colors we have on hand before placing your order.

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12 quarrels will cost $55.00




12 Light Target Quarrels: A limited number of 5/16 inch ramin shaft bolts are available in 14 inch length with 70 or 100 grain heads for those who willing to trade a bit of stability for flatter trajectories. Please call ahead for availability and lead times.

Feather colors may be requested, but your choice cannot be guaranteed to be fufilled -- Contact us by email (or phone) to see what colors we have on hand before placing your order.

Purchase for $55.00




Heavy Quarrel: 3/8" hardwood quarrels with 4" feather fletching and more authentic short bodkin-points are available on a limited basis. Please inquire about availability and lead times.

We generally stock white and black feathers in 4" fletching, but other colors might be available -- Be sure to contact us by email (or phone) to see what colors we have on hand before placing your order.

Price each $15.00




Period Quarrel: Period design war quarrel with:
Please note that due to these quarrel's weight, we recommend that they are only shot with bows for at least 150 lbs.

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Price each $20.00




Quiver: Our quivers are hour-glass shaped medieval German style leather quivers with wooden back and bottom, with leather top flap and belt loop. They'll hold 15-20 target quarrels, point up in proper medieval style. Normally quivers are approximately 17 inches high, but can be made longer or shorter on request.

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Prices for quivers start at $85.00




Fancier Quiver:
Lightly says that you need one of these!

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Purchase for $140.00




Fancy Quiver with Adjustable hanging gear:
Lightly says that you need one of these!

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Purchase for $165.00




Small Hip Quiver:
Lightly says that you need one of these!

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Purchase for $30.00




Goats Foot Cocking Lever: Goat's Foot (Gafa, Gaffle, Pied du Biche or dog's foot) cocking lever is possibly the best spanning aid you can get for a stout medieval crossbow. The Gafa is a compact, folding iron lever that can span a 200 lb. crossbow with ease. It fits easily into your belt, or hangs from the waist: works quicker, with less effort than the Wippe lever.

However, a gafa requires a 'wrist' pin mounted through the stock just behind the lock, to operate. What's more, the gafa itself must be built to the right dimensions. Some gafas are too small for certain applications, while others may be too large. In particular, the distance between the side-rails is critical, and the length of draw must be sufficient to get the string back to the lock. If you want your bow re-fitted for a gafa, you'll have to send it in for adjustment.

Purchase for $240.00




Maple "wippe" Cocking Lever: Wippe cocking lever. A central-European style cocking lever that hooks over the base of the prod and pushes the string back to the lock. Wippes are fairly inexpensive, and can be used on any bow I make, and incidentally most other medieval types, so long as they're not fitted with any sort of permanent structure over the top of the lock. A Wippe will substantially reduce the effort of spanning a strong crossbow, but they are fairly long and cumbersome and a bit slow in operation. If you find your present bow too hard to span, a Wippe will ease the work, at the cost of a certain amount of inconvenience toting it around.

Purchase for $135.00




Belt hook: The simplest and one of the oldest systems for spanning a crossbow is the belt-hook. Historically, belt-hooks show up about the year 1200 in illustrations and literature. Belt-hook capable crossbows are fitted with a stirrup fastened beneath or to the front of the prod. The shooter is provided with a hook (preferably a double-hook) hung from a stout belt. (I prefer a belt at least and inch and a half wide, with a double-tongue buckle) To span your bow with a belt-hook: hang the hook in front of your crotch. Turn the top of the stock (table and lock side) to your belly. Hang the bowstring in the hook. While balancing on one foot, lift the other foot and put it in the stirrup. Push down on the stirrup with your foot, while guiding the bowstring/hook into the lock. Plenty of medieval illustrations show single-hooks being used for this purpose, but a properly designed double-hook will get the string centered more precisely. When the string is in the lock, carefully remove the bowstring from the hook and THEN remove your foot from the stirrup. Do it in that order... otherwise, a lock failure when the bow is no longer attached to your foot may allow the bow to snap-back, hitting you in the belly with the butt of the stock. With a lightweight bow that could really hurt. With a strong-bow, it could be deadly. There are medieval stories about such mishaps.

Alternatively, you can put your foot in the stirrup, crouch-down, and slip the hook over the bowstring. Then you stand up, guiding the string into the lock. It's more work that way, but you don't have to balance on one foot.

Purchase for $50.00




Bastard Clamps: Bastard-string clamps are simple iron plates that bolt onto the ends of your crossbow prod. You bolt the clamps in place, then attach a stout cord (the bastard string) to the clamps' ends. The cord is drawn back to the lock, which bends the bow enough to fit the ends of a bowstring over the ends of the prod. If you didn't fit the cord onto the clamps tightly enough, it may be necessary to draw the cord past the lock, to get the prod bent enough to string. In this case, you may need a friend's help. If you get the cord very tight to begin with, you should be able to do the job by yourself... but help is always worthwhile.

Purchase for $65.00