If you are looking to buy a longbow for all archery types, this one will fit the bill.
This is a fantastic traditional longbow usually made with a Hickory back, Purpleheart or Ipe core and Lemonwood belly and has a more ornate nock than the basic bow. These laminated bows are ready to ship today.
Handle colour may vary from photographs. If you require bow poundage over 50lb please look at our custom made options.
Supplied with flemish fast flight bowstring and horn arrow plate for right-hand archers.
These ranges of English longbow for sale have a max draw length of 29" full draw and with its speed and durability makes it one of the best British longbows for its price range in the sport.
This traditional bow for sale shoots very well, and for the affordable price, you can't go wrong.
Grab yourself a set of 12 wooden arrows to match the bow here. Never shoot aluminium or carbon arrows from an English longbow.
Handle colour may vary from photographs
If we are out of stock, we can have these Standard custom longbows made to your specifications very quickly. Also, let us know if you need bulk purchases so we can work out a discount.
PLEASE ONLY STRING YOUR BOW USING A DOUBLE LOOP LONGBOW STRINGER, OR YOU WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY
If a bow is marked, for example, 40#@28", max draw 29" this bow would be suitable for someone with a draw length up to 28" NOT over 28."
If you had a draw length over the stated 28", then the bow is NOT suitable for you.
Even though the bow may state the max draw 29", this means that a safety margin has been built into the bow for the odd occasion when you may unknowingly draw slightly more.
It is not designed for you to draw over 28" continually.
If it is found that this is the case, you will invalidate the warranty, and no repair or replacement will be offered.
Lots more videos of how Bickerstaffe Bows are made here
We run yearly courses on making an English longbow with Pip Bickerstaffe here at the Longbow Shop. Take a look and let us know if you are interested,
Laid-in strings have been made since the stone age. Therefore, traditional and appropriate to use with an English Longbow. The principle of a laid-in bow string is good and works well. Over the years, we have made well over 50,000 laid-in bowstrings. A new one needs to be worked in before use.
They are typically shorter than the old string when new, but once fitted and bedded in, they will settle to the correct length or a little shorter. Initially, a new bow string will appear to be too short. It is handmade and needs to be fitted to the bow. Brace the bow and rub the new string to soften the wax used in it's manufacture.
Leave the bow braced for a little while and the bracing height will drop.
Shoot a few arrows from part draw, and the string will appear to have stretched a bit as the wax softens and the fibres tighten. The string will likely have dropped below the standard bracing height, so add twists by twisting anti-clockwise – which is how the string is laid in. This will shorten the string to raise the bracing height.
Do not untwist the string to make it longer. This has caused strings to become 'unlaid', which is not repairable.
Headed by Pip Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaffe Bows is one of the leading English Longbows manufacturers in the UK.
Run by a small group of dedicated bowyers with love for the Traditional side of the sport, they have a deep understanding and appreciation of what goes into making a truly beautiful English Longbow.
The workshop is situated in Kegworth, not 40 miles from the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Bickerstaffe also supplies English Longbow Making Kits so you can make your own. These Longbow Kits are also available through The Longbow Shop. Have a custom Bickerstaffe bow of your dreams made for you if we don't have what you want in stock.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT use stringers which have a pocket that fits over the top nock as these exert pressure on the nock beyond the wood which can lead to broken nocks, which will not be replaced under warranty!