Re: [SCA-Archery] Crossbow string ends - ARG!
- Hi Siegfried -
Welcome to the club... 8-) Crossbows *eat* center and tip servings.
You describe a very common problem, and Alan and Ailean have made good,
experienced suggestions. I would add that the material used to *do* the
serving makes a difference, as does how much wax is used in preparing the
serving. Li has been using .020 Polygrip and has been experimenting with
.022 Diamondback. Both work well, but the wraps of the serving must be
done with a lot of tension in the server, as Ailean mentioned, *and* very
close up against each other. Li doesn't wax the first layer of serving,
and lightly waxes the second/top layer; he believes excess wax can force
the strands apart when the string is under tension. Nylon serving
material can work too, but it's a bit tougher to keep it tight & close
enough. Li recommends against the larger diameter of Polygrip (.025) as
he hasn't been able to get it to stay close together enough. Ditto all of
the above for the center servings.
What is the body of your string made from? We have found 30 strands (15
circuits) of B-50 dacron or Dyneema work well on the Gladius prods, or 40
strands (20 circuits) of Fast Flite.
>What is the body of your string made from? We have found 30 strands (15I've been using 16-17 circuits (32-34 strands) of B-50
>circuits) of B-50 dacron or Dyneema work well on the Gladius prods, or 40
>strands (20 circuits) of Fast Flite.
Lord Siegfried Sebastian Faust Barony of Highland Foorde
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