Arrows

Welcome to the section with arrows. Here you can find various types of arrows, that can be used by newcomers and experienced archers with different models of bows.


Every arrow is completely handcrafted. If you have difficulties with choosing, please do not hesitate to contact our manager with any question.


We make arrows of pine wood, maplewood, ashwood and basswood. Natural turkey feather is used for fletching.


Once you choose an arrow of required length and thickness, you just need to add it to cart and proceed with payment. Then our manager will contact you with order confirmation. If you did not find the wished model of arrow, we can make it individually for you. Please send us pattern and detailed description to sales@steel-mastery.com. Then we will be able to discuss details and quote you.




Every archer had set of arrows for battle shooting. Quantity of arrows varied from 25-30 to 100 pieces and more. Asian and European shooter were using arrows with light and firm bone arrowheads. Later, steel cone-shaped arrowhead came into use. Later, fighters adopted arrowheads with faceted grind. Such shape was raising penetration power and target accuracy of arrow.


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In the Middle Ages, bowmen were using arrowheads of other shapes as well: diamond-shaped, tabular or of triangle shape with long spikes. Such arrows had less bowshot, but inflicted deeper wounds. Besides, removable arrowheads were in use. They allowed putting of bigger quantity of arrows in the quiver or bag. When a man was trying to pull an arrow out of wound, arrowheads just were stuck in the body.


Early 2nd century A.D., archers from North Europe were using not too long arrows (about 70 cm) with bows of middle size. Besides, characteristics and sizes of shooting weapon had being changed. It led to changing of arrows’ length and design. In the XV century, bowmen were using arrows of 80-110 cm. Arrows of about the same size for English longbows had been found on the shipwreck “Mary Rose” (1545 year). It is notable, that approximate weight of such arrow was rather light - about 100-120 gr.


During the battle, shafts were used in quantities. Not every darted arrow was reaching the target. That’s why soldiers were trying to gather arrows up after or during the battle. As there were no opportunity to make new shafts during campaign.


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Fletching was using for stabilization of arrow flight and vibration damping. Crafters were using not only goose or turkey feathers, but also parchment for fletching. It could be two-, three- or four-sided. Feathers were painted as well - for identifying and definition of right side, when laying arrow on bowstring. Total identity of arrows in one ammunition was very important factor. All shafts had to have the same length, thickness, weight, arrowheads and fletching. In this case, high marksmanship and good effectiveness of shooting could be reached.

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