The EWBS Quarter Pound Arrow

Construction and specifications, by Jeremy Spencer

The EWBS Quarter Pound Arrow is a representation of a heavy military arrow used to penetrate armour. It is similar to those that were shot during the Hundred Years War.

Minimum weight 1/4lb (113.4g)

Nock:

A horn reinforced self-nock (reinforcement approximately 2”). A slot depth of around ¼” is suggested.
The nock does not need to be further reinforced with bindings but this may be advisable for longevity and safety.

Shaft:

Any indigenous hard wood is acceptable but the denser woods like oak, ash or birch may be needed to make the weight. Either a torpedo or bob-tailed shaft profile is acceptable.
Minimum shaft diameter at the shoulder 1/2”
Minimum shaft diameter at the nock 3/8”
Minimum Shaft length (bottom of nock to shoulder) 30 ½”

Fletchings:

Fletchings must be cut in a triangular pattern with a trailing rear edge as nature intended.
The fletchings may be bound on but this is not required.
Minimum length 7 3/8”
Minimum height 5/8”

Head:

A heavy hand forged plate-cutting bodkin must be used.