Good point. It was my understanding that when fiberglass bows break..
that's not pretty either. Luckily, I do not have any personal experience to
confirm or deny those stories.
BTW, I have to agree that I cringe when I see someone take the field with a
really cool expensive bow. I actually gave my bow (inexpensive fiberglass)
to someone to use instead. My bow did end up being struck without any
negative effects, but both of us were happy he had my bow. He went out and
bought an Indian bow for his own use.
I do not want to restrict anyone from using a period-design bow, but I will
point out possabilities to them of what could happen. More of a problem,
IMO for kingdoms with full contact.
Tessa the Huntress
One other point to consider: The reason that fiberglass shafts are
> used for arrows in much of CA instead of wood is because they rarely if
> ever break in half causing shart points to threaten combatants. A solid
> self bow of any of the traditional period woods, when broken, especially
> on the draw, will shatter into two pieces of sharp splintered wood
> (sometimes flying away). I've never used a rattan bow, but my knowledge
> of the wood says that it probably doesn't break like that, so it will be
> safer. Something to consider.