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Options for Your Crossbow


Standard Features And Choices:

CHOICE OF WOOD: Our standard woods are cherry, walnut, and in some cases, (bows that don't require as much shaping) oak. Cherry finishes out a medium red-gold brown. The walnut is dark American walnut. It is darker (hence looks older) than European walnut, and ranges from a dark fudge-brown to almost black. The oak is American red oak. It's a reddish-tan color with a pronounced grain, and because it's rather hard to work, we offer it as a standard wood only on plain stocks. It's possible to do a large number of alternate woods, subject to availability and an extra charge that covers extra cost, an extra trip to the lumber yard, and often extra labor on harder woods.

LATHS: The standard bow is aluminum alloy. It is efficient, durable, and of the correct shape and size, though rather bright in color. It can produce 50 to 80 lb draw weight (300 to 700 in/lb). The lath will be covered with deerskin and dyed black or brown to disguise the aluminum color.

LATH BINDING: Almost all of our bows come with the bound-in lath that was by far the most common bow mounting in Medieval and Renaissance crossbows.

STEEL TRIGGER and STIRRUP: All of our bows (except the #10-Skane) use steel triggers and steel stirrups. All steel was actually more common in period.

Choice of Lockplates: The Lockplates cover the access to the nut. You have the choice of inlaid rawhide, blued steel or overlaid wood. Wooden and rawhide sideplates are permanently attached and require a bound-in nut. Metal sideplates are screwed on and allow a metal pin fastening for the nut.

RELEASE: By far the most common crossbow lock, up to the 16th century in Europe, was the roller release that we use. Most of these bows used a staghorn roller or nut. We use Delrin releases as standard on our light bows. It's strong, fast, and inexpensive to make. This release is quite sufficiently strong to serve any of our bows.

Upgrade Options (available at an additional cost)




Tung Oil Finish: Opting for a Tung Oil finish gives a very glossy and durable appearance.

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Upgrade for $30.00




Micarta Overlay: This option is to have to top of the bow covered in Micarta. Micarta is a plastic that closely resembles natural ivory or bone. Micarta is durable and quite slick, so your quarrels will experience less drag as they are fired.

Upgrade to Micarta Overlay for $50.00




Micarta-Lined Groove: This option is to only have the arrow groove lined with Micarta. Micarta is a plastic that closely resembles natural ivory or bone. Micarta is durable and quite slick, so your quarrels will experience less drag as they are fired.

Upgrade to Micarta-Lined Groove for $40.00




Wood Overlay: Wood Overlay is included along the top of the stock on certain models. Medievals used horn or ivory. We use a contrasting color of wood, usually maple, ash or birch. A very pretty option.

Upgrade to Wood Overlay for $25.00




Bone Overlay: Bone or Ivory is the overlay material used by the Medievals.

Upgrade to Bone Overlay for $185.00




Horn Release: You may upgrade to a horn release, with both the roller nut and the lock made of horn. Horn is strong, fast and is the material used in period.

Upgrade to a horn release for $95.00




Basic Sights: The basic sight is a simple strip of brass plate that screws to the top of the stock behind the lock. The brass plate has a series of peep-holes, about a quarter inch apart. The point of your bolt serves as a foresight. As range increases, you sight through the higher holes, thus increasing the elevation. At close range (20 yards or so,) a sight makes little difference in accuracy. At forty yards, you'll be glad you got one.

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Adding a basic sight adds $30.00




Renaissance Sights: These handsome sights are based on those found on gentlemen's sporting bows in the 16th century. The original sights were designed to fall after every shot, to make way for whatever spanning machine the bow was designed for. Our sights don't fall or fold. Instead they unscrew from their mounting plate so they can be remove for greater security. The Renaissance sight is no more accurate than the basic sight, but it's definitely prettier, made of blued steel and polished brass, with an inlet mounting plate. Note that outside of heavy siege machines, sights were not at all common on medieval (pre sixteenth century) bows.

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Adding a renaissance sight adds $85.00




Cheekpiece: Particularly on stocks #5, #5b and #7a, a cheekpiece leaves one side of the after-stock (or tiller) wide and sloping. This was common on sporting bows of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. Specify left or right hand shooter.

Adding a cheekpiece costs an additional $30.00




Safety: For those who wish to hunt with their bows, as many states in the US require safeties for hunting. Ours is an unobtrusive (not authentic) rotating safety that locks the trigger, preventing the bow from being fired. It is not self-setting: you will have to remember to turn it on and off. Beware, the long trigger on a medieval crossbow gives you lots of leverage that can overcome the safety. The safety will prevent your firing the bow by bumping the trigger, but if you PULL HARD ENOUGH, you can break the safety-bolt.

Adding a safety costs an additional $40.00




Wooden Lockplates: Instead of rawhide or steel, inlet wooden lockplates are available.

Upgrade to inlet wooden lockplates for $12.00




Horn Lockplates: Instead of rawhide, steel or wood, inlet horn lockplates are available.

Upgrade to inlet horn lockplates for $65.00




Bow Irons: Bound-in bows (linen cord) were most common in all periods. Bound-in bows are pretty and lightweight, but are not readily disassembled. "Bow iron" mountings were found on many military and some sporting bows from the 15th through the 17th centuries. They're strong, good looking, easily disassembled, and expensive.

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Upgrade to Bow Irons for $95.00




Tapered Fore-end of Stock: This option tapers width of fore-end of stock from @ 2 inches to about 1 3/4 inches. This is a common feature on fifteenth through seventeenth century bows.

Have the stock tapered for $30.00




Steel Lath: Heavier steel laths are available at 125, 150, and 170 lbs of pull.

Upgrade to a Steel Lath for $80.00




Laminated Wood Lath: Laminated wood and fiberglass laths are available at 60, 80, 100, 125, 150, and 170 lbs of pull.

Upgrade to a wooden lath for $185.00




Bone notch: This option (for the Skane bow) re-enforces the string notch with bone or horn. This makes the release smoother and makes the lock more durable.

upgrade price $15.00




Leather covered prod: This option (for the Skane bow) covers the bare aluminum prod with leather, making look quite a bit nicer.

upgrade for $25.00




Steel Stirrup: This option (for the Skane bow) replaces the leather strap stirrup with a solid steel stirrup.

Upgrade for $15.00


Additional Items

Please be sure to see our Accessories Page for bolts, strings, quivers and other items!