Bow length 72". Brace Height 6"
High-quality English longbows for all styles of traditional and sporting archery. Designed after the renowned medieval English longbow of legend. This bow is finished in hard wearing varnish, comes with a leather handle, string and horn arrow pass placed for left and right handed archers. Nick Toy makes these English longbows for all styles of archery. An ideal high-performance, lightweight bow.
His design philosophy is to reach back and bring to the present the English longbow from the great days of English archery from the medieval to Tudor era – rather than the more recent Victorian tradition. Manufactured from various laminated hardwoods these bows are very strong and yield excellent cast.
A word from Nick Toy
A truly traditional medieval style bow would have to be self – yew, ash, elm, hazel or other British wood available to the medieval bowyer. I call my bows ‘classic bows’ because they are crafted from laminates unlike the medieval bow. The design is in every other way the ‘classic’ full-compass tiller that goes back to the great days of the English longbow. I see my bows in their design as continuing the true tradition of bow-making in England, Britain and indeed the whole of northern Europe.
I make heavy bows to emulate the medieval warbow as well as lighter bows for target and field archery. I will design the bow specifically to suit the style of archery for which it is intended. I make bows of any draw weight or draw length to suit any archer. The full-compass tiller employs all of the bow stave in the storage of energy and thus is very efficient. While the Victorian style tiller can be very stable, with the right design features that I incorporate, a full-compass bow can shoot with a very steady, accurate, smooth action with little or almost no hand-shock – but increased efficiency.
To me, a bow is a practical tool designed to do a job of work efficiently and well, and there is none other so beautiful in its perfected mechanical simplicity than the English longbow.
Many cultures throughout the world have created their particular designs – all very different and brilliant in their way. However, what I seek to create is the straight-forward business-like, simple, yet highly effective style of the classic English longbow. Although my main focus is the English and Welsh bow, I also incorporate the forms of the ancestral longbows and like to create working replicas/approximations of Viking, Norman and Saxon longbows for anyone who has a liking for those cultures.
Some of my bows are no more than the straight stave – unadorned, plain and practical. Many would have been in the middle ages when just function mattered – looks were not considered, and these would be of particular interest to the re-enactor. However, most of my bows at least have hand-carved horn nocks finishing off a bow beautifully. My preferred style merely is for the horn nocks at the ends and a simple inlaid horn plate at the arrow-pass. To me, that is the essential English longbow. The option of an additional leather grip though is also offered for many archers today who prefer this.
All our Longbows come with a free double loop stringer.
PLEASE ONLY STRING YOUR BOW USING A DOUBLE LOOP STRINGER, OR YOU WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY
Bow & draw length suitability