Re: weight and styles of historical arrowheads
- Hector Cole's website is
Check out the articles section. He describes a japanese arrowhead he
made that came out a over 40 grams. He has another article that looks
at the different types of medieval arrowheads and their particular
you might try looking in " secrets of the english war bow " by hugh d.h. soar
he has some excellent pics of different mideaval arrowheads , as well as results as to which were best for war , and which were best for hunting , some with surprising results when shot through armor into pig carcus .
be safe, be happy, have fun
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Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 9:20 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] weight and styles of historical arrowheads
Hi, I'm doing my doctoral research on early Iron Age arrowheads in
the ancient Near East, and I've come across some issues where I think
some cross-cultural comparisons with well-researched fields (Medieval
Europe, Japan, etc.) could be very helpful, but of which I am
thoroughly ignorant, alas. I've done some searching, but have not
yet been able to find sources that answer the particular questions I
Does anyone know of any source that discusses the weights of
arrowheads? Many of the larger arrowheads I deal with could be
javelin or dart heads, so it would be useful to know what the
practical upper limit for the weight of an arrowhead is. I have one
source that suggests 10g, but seemed tolerably hazy about it. Am I
also right in presuming that the fact that these arrows used
lightweight reed shafts would affect the weight of arrowhead they
would be able to bear?
Also, are there sources that discuss in detail the functions of the
different forms of arrowheads used? Bodkins are of course for
puncturing protected targets, and broadhead types presumably to
maximize bleeding, but I'd really like some more detail. In
particular, we have a very common 3-bladed form (I gather much like
modern hunting arrows), which I presume was intended to combine light
weight for long range with an extra cutting surface to maximize
bleeding. I'm also curious about the effectiveness of barbs - they
nearly always require the arrowhead to fully penetrate the target to
Any suggestions you might have would be much appreciated!
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- Thanks for the suggestions everyone - I've mailed Hector Cole and am
tracking down the Soar book - they look like very promising leads!
For those of you familiar with Medieval arrowheads, am I right in
assuming that socketed arrowheads were most common in that period?
Is this because they'd have less tendency to split the arrow shaft on
impact, despite being somewhat more difficult to make than a tang?
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>hugh d.h. soar
> you might try looking in " secrets of the english war bow " by
> he has some excellent pics of different mideaval arrowheads , aswell as results as to which were best for war , and which were best
for hunting , some with surprising results when shot through armor
into pig carcus .
> be safe, be happy, have fun