27074Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: string making
- Feb 9, 2010Well, I have been making strings with 14-16 strands of #18 waxed Irish linen for the bows that I've made at 40-50 lbs. I've broken a couple at 14 strands on my 50lb bow but not at 40. The linen cord that I use typically has a breaking strength of about 17 lbs for a single strand, giving a breaking strength of a 16 strand string of 272 lbs. You have to be careful at only 5x the strength of the bow to not shoot very light weight arrows. If there is too much energy left in the bow, it will be dissipated in the string, causing it to fail catastrophically.
I typically use two colors for the strings but I have used only one at times. I like the two color, mostly for looks since a green/gold twisted string looks nice. I also find that with 16 strands, I can't make a serving where the arrow nocks. I just make sure I keep it well waxed when I shoot. I don't bother with servings at all, any more.
I have been using Royalwood Ltd. waxed Irish linen cord (4 ply which is labeled as #18 on the spool).
Hope this helps
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