Pattern Number Name Period Length
#5F "The Finnish Bow" 1350-1600 30+ inches

#5F - "The Finnish Bow" -- Click to see more pictures!
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The model 5F crossbow (1350-1600) got it's start with an article on replicating traditional Finnish crossbows. A number of long, slender Germanic-style crossbows were included. I can't positively date these bows... the article was written in Finnish, but their appearance is very close to a preserved in Dresden, that is said to date to the mid or perhaps early 14th century.

Like the Finnish bows, the Dresden bow has a long, slender stock, rounded contours, and an enlarged head with bound-in prod. Model 5F 'Finnish' bows are always a hit at medieval meets, like Pennsic War, and quite honestly I think they're among the prettiest bows I make. Originals tend to be very long, but I don't recommend making custom bows much longer than your trousers inseam. Longer ones will gouge you in the belly when you bend over to span them.

Standard Features

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Prices and Options
Base Price for "The Finnish Bow", #5F $405.00
Choice of Woods for main body -
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Your choice of wood veneer top -
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Tung Oil Finish $30.00
Wooden Lockplates $12.00
Horn Release $95.00
Micarta Overlay $50.00
Bow Irons $95.00
Basic Sights $30.00
Renaissance Sights $85.00
Steel Lath $80.00

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