Difference between revisions of "Arrow"

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An arrow is a missile loosed or shot from a bow.
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It consists of:
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*a head that may be socketed or tanged (particulary prevalent in Viking arrows)
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*a shaft or stele that may be parallel, barrelled or tapered
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*flights or fletches that are bound along the length of the feathers and before and aft of the same
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*a nock typically cut into the end of the shaft itself and sometimes set with a horn insert. Some Viking arrows have been found with fitted brass nocks but bare no resemblance to modern plastic nocks.
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The heads can be of many different types. They may be barbed for hunting, bodkins for penetrating some forms of armour or broadheads for cutting others.
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The flights for the feathers appear in a number of different shapes, none of which are accurately portayed by modern perchased fletches. Typical shapes include the stereotypical parallel sided fletches (as a child might draw), curved (a long curve that the  modern parabolic seems to be based on but has a deeped front edge), and after the middle of the 13th century, a triangular shape typically assumed for the middle ages. There are some variations on this last shape seen.
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'''Arrows''' used for [[archery]] and for [[SCA]] purposes can be divided into two sorts:
 
'''Arrows''' used for [[archery]] and for [[SCA]] purposes can be divided into two sorts:

Revision as of 23:02, 22 January 2006