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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the weapon. For the symbol, see Arrow (symbol). For other uses, see Arrow (disambiguation).

Traditional target arrow and replica medieval arrow.

Modern arrow with plastic fletchings and nock. An arrow is a shafted projectile that is shot with a bow. It predates recorded history and is common to most cultures. An arrow usually consists of a shaft with an arrowhead attached to the front end, with fletchings and a nock at the other.

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1 History 2 Size o 2.1 Shaft  2.1.1 Footed arrows o 2.2 Arrowhead o 2.3 Fletchings o 2.4 Nocks 3 See also 4 Notes 5 External links

In 2010, during an excavation at the Sibudu Cave in South Africa, led by Professor Lyn Wadley from the University of the Witwatersrand, researchers discovered the earliest direct evidence of

A Shoshone man using a shaft straightener in traditional arrow construction. These had remnants of blood and bone. most war arrows from an English ship sunk in 1545 were 76 centimetres (30 in).human-made arrowheads: 64. most modern arrows are 75 centimetres (30 in) to 96 centimetres (38 in). Shaft .[2] However.[3] Very short arrows have been used. Arrow sizes vary greatly across cultures. confirming their use in hunting.000-year-old stone points which may have been shot from a bow.[1] Size Schematic of an arrow with many parts.[4] These may fly farther than heavier arrows. and an enemy without suitable equipment may find himself unable to return them. ranging from eighteen inches to five feet (45 cm to 150 cm). shot through a guide attached either to the bow (an "overdraw") or to the archer's wrist (the Turkish "siper").

a group of arrows must be similarly spined. Known by some as the finest of wood arrows. The diameter of a single carbon fiber is approx. Footed arrows Sometimes a shaft will be made of two different types of wood fastened together. 7 µm. The stiffness of the shaft is known as its spine. Hence. to ensure a maximum of possible mechanical tension of the arrow. while modern shafts may be made from aluminium. with more spine (less flexibility) to give the correct amount of flex when shot. carbon fibre reinforced plastic. "Center-shot" bows. In order to strike consistently. bamboo or reeds. Arrowhead . Higher draw-weight bows will generally require stiffer arrows. most traditional bows are not center-shot and the arrow has to deflect around the handle in the archer's paradox. The arrow is a bond of two carbon tubes. Traditional arrow shafts are made from lightweight wood. The Mg-Al-Si-fiber enhances the flexibility of the arrow. with the remainder of the shaft consisting of softwood. The "white" fiber is twisted around the inner carbon tube. The fibers of the carbon tubes are not twisted. The shaft is the primary structural element of the arrow. Footed arrows will typically consist of a short length of hardwood near the head of the arrow.A sideprofile of an Easton Carbon One arrow with a spine of 900. an inner and an outer tube (black wires). This second fiber is an Mg-Al-Si-fiber.[5] footed arrows were used both by early Europeans and Native Americans. an arrow which bends less is said to have more spine. while maintaining overall flexibility and lighter weight. an other fiber is used (white fiber). By reinforcing the area most likely to break. in which the arrow passes through the central vertical axis of the bow riser. In between both carbon layers. However. such bows tend to give most consistent results with a narrower range of arrow spine that allows the arrow to deflect correctly around the bow. the arrow is more likely to survive impact. Composite shafts are typically made from an aluminium core wrapped with a carbon fibre outer. resulting in what is known as a footed arrow. or composite materials. to which the other components are attached. may obtain consistent results from arrows with a wide range of spines. taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). referring to how little the shaft bends when compressed.

4th century BC. from Olynthus.Main article: Arrowhead Obsidian broadhead Ancient Greek bronze arrowhead. Chalcidice Various Japanese arrowheads Native American arrowheads .

and occasionally. Used for practice and for small game. but it is far more common for separate arrowheads to be made. the arrow shaft may penetrate the head and the target.[7] However. Arrowheads are usually separated by function:  Bodkin points are short. They were made of unhardened iron and may have been used for better or longer flight.20th century field points Modern replicas of various medieval European arrowheads The arrowhead or projectile point is the primary functional part of the arrow. and plays the largest role in determining its purpose. but research[6] has found no hardened bodkin points. or for cheaper production. safety is still important with blunt arrows. They may stun. for shooting at stumps or other targets of opportunity. which became available to knights of fairly modest means by the late 14th century. It has been mistakenly suggested that the bodkin came into its own as a means of penetrating armour. a direct hit from a hard steel bodkin point penetrated Damascus chain armour.[8] Blunts are unsharpened arrowheads occasionally used for types of target shooting. Judo points have spring wires extending sideways from the tip. or some other hard material. archery was not effective against plate armour. horn. usually from metal. These catch on grass and debris to prevent the arrow from being lost in the vegetation. rigid points with a small cross-section. Blunts are commonly made of metal or hard rubber.   . or hunting small game when the goal is to stun the target without penetration. so it is likely that it was first designed either to extend range or as a cheaper and simpler alternative to the broadhead. In a modern test. Some arrows may simply use a sharpened tip of the solid shaft.

damage most targets. and are usually not used for practice. without getting lodged in target materials and causing excessive damage upon removal. so that missed outdoor shots do not become as stuck in obstacles such as tree stumps. While the fixed-blade broadhead keeps its blades rigid and unmovable on the broadhead at all times. these heads may reduce to acceptable levels the risks of shooting arrows at suitably armoured people.[2] Points attached with caps are simply slid snugly over the end of the shaft. They are expensive. They usually have two to four sharp blades that cause massive bleeding in the victim. There are two main types of broadheads used by hunters: The fixed-blade and the mechanical types. by offering similar flight characteristics and weights as broadheads. The parameters will vary depending on the specific rules being used and on the levels of risk felt acceptable to the participants. SCA combat rules require a padded head at least 1¼" in diameter. Target points are bullet-shaped with a sharp point. to reduce the risk when shot at people.[11] Fletchings Main article: Fletching . Their function is to deliver a wide cutting edge so as to kill as quickly as possible by cleanly cutting major blood vessels. the mechanical broadhead deploys its blades upon contact with the target. Broadheads were used for war and are still used for hunting. In combination with bows of restricted draw weight and draw length. or may be held on with hot glue. For instance. sinew.[9]  Field tips are similar to target points and have a distinct shoulder. designed to penetrate target butts easily without causing excessive damage to them. its blades swinging out to wound the target. or inserted into a split in the shaft and held by a process called hafting.[6] sometimes with hardened edges. and cause further trauma on removal. but has less penetration as it uses some of the kinetic energy in the arrow to deploy its blades. or wire. The mechanical head flies better because it is more streamlined. Split-shaft construction involves splitting the arrow shaft lengthwise. inserting the arrowhead. and securing it using a ferrule. Medieval broadheads could be made from steel. These arrows may have heads that are very wide or padded.[10]   Arrowheads may be attached to the shaft with a cap. a socketed tang. with bows not exceeding 28 inches (710 mm) and 50 lb (23 kg) of draw for use against well-armoured individuals. They are also used for shooting practice by hunters. Safety arrows are designed to be used in various forms of reenactment combat.

called the "cock" feather. is at a right angle to the nock. to hold the fletchings in exactly the right orientation on the shaft while the glue hardens. Some cultures. in order to reduce air resistance. flight arrows intended to travel the maximum possible distance typically have very low fletching. which increases accuracy. Fletchings generally range from two to six inches (152 mm) in length. but some have four or even more. With conventional three-feather fletching. but are now often made of plastic (known as "vanes"). about 30 m or so[citation needed].e. . Fletchings are found at the back of the arrow and act as airfoils to provide a small amount of force used to stabilize the flight of the arrow. Artisans who make arrows by hand are known as "fletchers. This is the same derivation as the verb "fletch". Glue and/or thread are the main traditional methods of attaching fletchings. shaped as one-half of a very narrow shield) cut. The extra fletching generates more drag and slows the arrow down rapidly after a short distance.Straight parabolic fletchings on an arrow. for example most in New Guinea. Artificial helical fletchings have the same effect. A flu-flu is a form of fletching. the two most common being parabolic (i.[13] Flight archers may use razor blades for fletching. meaning to provide an arrow with its feathers. The slight twist in natural feathers then makes the arrow rotate in flight. some arrows used for the proofing of armour used copper vanes. A "fletching jig" is often used in modern times. and is normally nocked so that it will not contact the bow when the arrow is shot. the feathers on any one arrow must come from the same side of the bird. flèche. one feather. did not use fletching on their arrows. Most arrows will have three fletches. in most cases six or more sections are used rather than the traditional three. normally made by using long sections of full length feathers taken from a turkey.[12] Fletchings are traditionally made from feathers (often from a goose or turkey) bound to the arrow's shaft. while hunting arrows with broadheads require long and high fletching to stabilize them against the aerodynamic effect of the head. They are designed to keep the arrow pointed in the direction of travel by strongly damping down any tendency to pitch or yaw. Alternatively two long feathers can be spiraled around the end of the arrow shaft. Historically. Fletchings may also be cut in different ways. Four-feather fletching is usually symmetrical and there is no preferred orientation for the nock. a smooth curved shape) and shield (i.e. this makes nocking the arrow slightly easier." a word related to the French word for arrow. Whenever natural fletching is used.

[14] Modern nocks. and traditional Turkish nocks. Indoors at a distance of seven yards (6 m). [15] In English it is common to say "nock an arrow" or "notch an arrow. Guilford: The Lyons Press. or for children's archery. See also          Archery Swiss arrow Bowfishing Flu-Flu Arrow Arrow poison Quarrel Fire arrows Early thermal weapons Signal arrow Notes 1. http://www. Mineola: Dover Publications.Volume Three. A Glossary of the Construction. or horn that are then attached to the end of the arrow. Nocks The nock is a notch in the rearmost end of the arrow. plastic. Klopsteg ISBN 1-56416-093-9 ISBN 978-1564160935 5. I borrowed a shirt of chain armor from the Museum. Decoration. ^ Hunting with the Bow and Arrow. I discharged an arrow at it with such force that sparks flew from the links of steel as from a forge. ^ a b Royal Armouries: 6. ^ BBC: Oldest evidence of arrows found 2.gutenberg. ISBN 0-486-40726-8 3. George Cameron (1934). a beautiful specimen made in Damascus in the 15th Century. are often constructed so as to curve around the string or even pinch it slightly. I declined his proffered services and put it on a wooden box.7 4. or separate pieces made from wood." when one readies a shot. Nocks may be simple slots cut in the back of the arrow. It weighed twenty-five pounds and was in perfect condition. 6.txt "To test a steel bodkin pointed arrow such as was used at the battle of Cressy. "Custom Shafts". padded with burlap to represent clothing. and can be used to play Flu-Flu Golf. and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times. Fortunately. Armament p. The Traditional Bowyer's Bible . Gene (1994). ^ Anon: The Mary Rose. so that the arrow is unlikely to slip off. One of the attendants in the Museum offered to put it on and allow me to shoot at him. ^ a b Stone. ISBN 1-58574-087-X. by Saxton Pope. ^ Langston. It serves to keep the arrow in place on the string as the bow is being drawn. Armour-piercing arrowheads Paul E.Flu-Flu arrows are often used for hunting birds. The bodkin point and shaft went through the . ^ Turkish Archery and the Composite Bow.

"A Glossary of the Construction. ^ SCA marshall's handbook 11. Charles (1988) [1912]. and would be deadly up to the full limit of its flight. ^ Stone. 12. The Great Warbow.C. 14. The attendant turned a pale green. ^ Gardens of War: Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age.). ^ Ffoulkes. ^ Massey. Sutton Publishing 2005.Volume Two. ^ http://www. ^ Parker. ISBN 0-233-96140-2." 8. An arrow of this type can be shot about two hundred yards. Jay(1992). Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor" . ISBN 0-486-25851-3. ISBN 1-58574-085-3 15. Glenn (1992). penetrated an inch of wood and bulged out the opposite side of the armor shirt. Dover Publications. Guilford: The Lyons Press. "Self Arrows" in The Traditional Bowyer's Bible . ISBN 978-0-233-96140-8 13.html 10. The Armourer and his Craft (Dover reprint ISBN 1-58574-086-1. "Steel Points". Guilford: The Lyons Press. G.huntingblades.Volume One. Deutsch 1969. ^ Strickland M. Robert Gardner. Hardy R.thickest portion of the back. Page 272 9. The Traditional Bowyer's Bible .