THE BASICS2020-06-22T16:32:37-05:00

It is the little things that count so much.  If you don’t know, you soon will learn that the tiniest things make a difference in archery.  This is particularly true in arrow making.


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Finding the “sweet spot” where everything about a set of arrows match and the arrows fly predictably into tight groups can be found if the arrow maker goes looking for it.  There are four priorities in arrow making, and sometimes they compete against each other.  Khan’s arrows will send you all the specifications for your arrows so you can perfect the arrows you want so you can confidently reorder them.  Better still, we can start them for you and let you fletch them yourself, or just sell you the parts and teach you how to make your own perfect arrows.

Real success as an arrow maker is defined by a simple concept.  The question is not, “can I make an arrow that flies and hits the target”?  The question is, “can I make a set of arrows which will fly into a tea saucer at 20 yards because they match“?  The first steps to helping you along the road to success starts with these 6 basic learning goals.

You will want to know if your bamboo is high quality bamboo.  It should be free from the nearly unseen flaws which can make a big difference.  This gorgeous bamboo shaft has uneven wall growth.  This is heartbreaking because it will never flex and fly like the others.  So, this one will NOT group reliably.  We weed these out before we sell them.

Choosing bamboo which is strong and straight is likely to last for years.  High quality bamboo is dense, and straight from end to end…is including the nodes.  When it hits, the “whip” is tolerated well.  Wood which is uneven, will not flex and fly like the others.  This arrow will not group tightly with the others because it ISN’T LIKE the others.  It is impossible to reliably measure the static spine too.  This isn’t an arrow.  It might make a good garden stake though.

The Usual way to measure a wooden arrow

When we know the exact length of the functional part of the arrow, we can plug this number into the formula for balance point (FOC calculation). We can insure that a set of arrows will group tightly by not only matching the BALANCE POINTS, but by bearing in mind that ARROW LENGTH ALSO AFFECTS the DYNAMIC SPINE of an arrow.  SO, ARROW LENGTH IS A SIMPLE BUT HIGHLY IMPORTANT SPECIFICATION FOR MANY REASONS!

Accurately placing the cock feather and nock on an arrow is very simple, UNLESS YOU WANT THEM TO GROUP TIGHTLY.  Then this simple skill becomes important.  “It is the little things that count so much…”. When you order a matched set of high quality bamboo shafts from me, they will come marked for this.  This is important for you to know as a basic skill so that you can know how to make OR REPAIR your own excellent bamboo arrows.

Once you match static spines across an entire set, you will know how to align the nock and glue it on.  Once the nock is glued on, the arrow can be placed into the fletching jig and the cock feather can then be glued to align with the nock.  Now we are beginning to make an outstanding set of matched arrows!

By placing the head on straight, and spinning the shafts in a broadhead aligner or spin tester you can check for straightness of the shaft, point, and nock.  You can get everything lined up straight and true.  Once this is accomplished, you have made ONE good arrows.  Now go make another 11 arrows to match this one across the set.  Match doesn’t have to be EXACT in all specifications, but they do need to match closely across four important specifications.  STATIC SPINE, LENGTH, WEIGHT, AND BALANCE POINT.