dozen 33 inch Tonkin bamboo arrow shafts in spine ranges 55-60# to 80-85#. When they're gone, they're gone! These higher spine rated shafts are sold at a higher price due reflect increased costs on providing quality checked shafts in these spine rating.
Tonkin bamboo has for
centuries been recognised as a very special and strong bamboo species
used to make the finest and strongest arrows and in later years some of
the very best fly fishing rods. These special qualities are due to the
unique way in which the power fibles are evenly spread throughout the
diameter of the bamboo giving a strong, light and narrow arrow shaft
called by some the natural carbon arrow!
These shafts are a
grown rather than machined arrow so there is some natural
variation with a little wiggle down the shaft. Though they are straight
enough and shoot really well they are not as
perfectly regular as a machined timber or ally/carbon shaft. If you want
the perfect regularity of an ally or carbon shaft please do not buy a
bamboo one. If you want a good tough and attractive arrow I am sure that you will be happy with them. If you look back
through my feedback you will see comments from some very satisfied
personally spine rated each shaft I import and sell. As a life long archer I
aim to offer good quality bamboo shafts with reliable spine rating. Something
you won't get dirct from the far east. I am also choosy about the shafts I buy
and carefully quality check each one. Some bamboo shafts being sold direct to
the public are not so good. The following is a good example. I recently learnt
that an ex customer of mine had had bamboo arrows break upon hitting the target
and that one had broken on the shot. I asked him if these were the horse
archery arrows I had custom made him from my shafts. He replied "Hi,
thanks for the concern, but it wasn't one of yours. It was one of the Chinese
ones. Yours don't break!
Currently available as follows;
55 - 60# sold out, 60 - 65# available, 65 - 70# available, 70 - 75# available, 75 - 80# available, 80 - 85# available. Shafts of lower and even higher spine are available on a seperate listing.
I have personally spine
rated each shaft I import and sell. As a life long archer I aim to offer good
quality bamboo shafts with reliable spine rating. Something you won't get dirct
from the far east. I am also choosy about the shafts I buy and carefully
quality check each one. Some bamboo arrows and shafts being sold direct to the
public from the far east are not so good. The following is a good example. I
recently learnt that an ex customer of mine had had bamboo arrows break upon
hitting the target and that one had broken on the shot. I asked him if these
were the horse archery arrows I had custom made him from my shafts. He replied "Hi, thanks for the concern, but
it wasn't one of yours. It was one of the Chinese ones. Yours don't break!
Please note that I supply advice on spine rating
and making up your arrows at bambooarrows.com Please follow this advice,
particularly on spine rating. I cannot be held responsible for breakages or
injury when significantly under spined arrows are used. Longer arrow need
higher spine ratings, use of thumb ring needs higher spine ratings! Use the
correct spine and safe shooting.
you are unhappy with my service or goods please contact me to resolve the
issue. I do really mean this! If you wish to return them back to me in their
packaging I will refund your original purchase and P&P cost and return
with your order what spine rating you require. My advise would be to choose a
spine rating 5# higher than the current wooden shafts you may use. If you want
any more advice or information please me or email via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonkin bamboo is hand picked in China, with many shafts being rejected to use
only the best straightest stems of the right size. Each shaft is dried then
carefully hand straightened, thoroughly heat tempered, straightened again, the
nodes flattened and the shafts sanded smooth. The shafts are then given a
temporary protective laquer finish (which should be removed with fine sandpaper
or wire wool).These shafts are 33 inches (838mm) long allowing you to shorten
them to your draw length. You will find that bamboo provide a very attractive
tough arrow. These shafts have a natural taper which makes them forgiving to
shoot. You will find these light but strong shafts much more durable that
machined wooden shafts.
A little advice
on making up a bamboo arrow.
Nocks - My personal preference is to use self
nocks. A short 3.5mm wooden plug should be glued into the hollow of the shaft
at the nock. See my shop for nock/point plug sets. Binding just behind the nock
with silk ribbon or thread is advised. Alternatively cut a taper for a plastic
nock as usual.
Points - If fitting taper points (target, field
or hunting) I would advise fitting a 4mm wooden plug into the end and then
cuttingor grinding the taper.
I supply suitable wooden plugs and silk binding
ribbon in my ebay shop. Some longer 39 inch shafts are available. Please let me
know if they are of interest.
For further advice on making up your bamboo
arrows please see
http://bambooarrows.com/building_a_bamboo_arrow.php#introduction (website under
I am happy to provide any other advice you may
need on making arrows up from these lovely shafts.