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EWBS-NZ Sheaf Arrow Specifications

Details of the EWBS-NZ Sheaf Arrow
(Spec made by Keith Collier and Aaron Williams, written for the EWBS-NZ by Jake Fenwick)

The EWBS-NZ Sheaf Arrow is a representation of a standard issue military battle shaft used throughout the Hundred Years War. A “sheaf” arrow as referred to in historical manuscripts and documents refers to one of 24 military battle shafts issued to an archer. A Sheaf refers to a bundle of 24 arrows.

The arrow is hefty battle shaft which had to be capable of piercing armour and impacting with concussive force at great distances.

The Sheaf arrow is made from ash with a hand forged Crécy head (a military bodkin found on the battlefield of Crécy, forged to a plate cutting shape). It is an interpretation of an arrow type that may have been one of the thousands shot at the battle of Crécy.

Construction and Specifications of the Sheaf Arrow
(Minimum weight 75 grams)

Nock:
A horn reinforced self nock must be used (reinforcement approximately 2” in length.) with a nock depth of around a ¼”.

No further reinforcement with bindings is necessary but this may be advisable for safety and longevity.

Shaft:
A shaft of bob-tailed ash must be used.
Minimum shaft diameter at nock: 3/8”
Minimum shaft diameter at shoulder: ½”
Minimum Shaft length bottom of nock to shoulder 30 ½”

NZ Sheaf Arrow

Fletchings:
Fletchings must be cut in a triangular pattern with a trailing rear edge as nature intended.
Fletchings must be bound with red silk (minimum four turns per inch).

Minimum length 7 ½”
Minimum height 5/8”

Head:
A hand forged Crécy style head must be used.

Sheaf Fletch