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Ash Wood Arrow Shafting
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      Best Uses

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          • No (10)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Switching to these over POC

        Long time POC (Port Ordford Cedar) user and bought Douglas Fir, Ash, and Birch shafts to run some tests against each other, weight, penetration (gel block), flight, strength,...Read complete review

        Long time POC (Port Ordford Cedar) user and bought Douglas Fir, Ash, and Birch shafts to run some tests against each other, weight, penetration (gel block), flight, strength, etc... Mainly to see if there was anything better than POC for my particular setup.

        Disclaimer* the tests run were based on my current *individual* setup and in no way based off of industry standards for testing. However, scientific methods were used across each of the types of wood. All shafts were spined the same and were shot multiple times from the same bow and recorded.

        The ash shafts were heavy to the touch and pale in color compared to POC. The grain pattern was light and the surface of the wood was rough and almost splintery to the touch. The weighted more than the Douglas Firs on average about 45 grains and almost 100 grain difference between the ash and the POC.

        I use the Apple arrow power saw and Woodchuck power taper tool and both had a hard time cutting through this hard wood. What normally took me seconds to do with my POC, was taking minutes per shaft. The difficulty in tooling is the main reason for the 4 stars and not 5. Its not for the beginner fletcher.

        The shafts eventually (after much sanding and cleaning) took a solid coat of alcohol stain, but it was not nearly as nice as the Douglas Fir or Cedar shafts.

        These shafts though, like most things in life, are worth the patience and effort. They are the hardest hitting, best flying shafts I have seen in a long time. On the gel block they increased the penetration by almost 3 inches compared to the Ash and almost 5 compared to the Cedar. The arrow speed was also took a solid hit. While I unfortunately do not have chronograph readouts, the drop in speed compared to Ash and Cedar shafts was visually noticeable, though not by much.

        These shafts are great, but its certainly a trade off between speed and penetration with regards to POC. Personally, with my setup, I'll take the speed hit for a better penetrating, smother flying shaft.

        Hand straightening the shafts was a bit difficult, but a bit of solid heat did wonders to help ease the fibers loose.

        I have yet to post my review of the Birch shafts, but will do that when I am able to get the data recorded.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Tough as nails

        These shafts are tough as nails for stump and 3d shoots. The dozen I bought wont stay straight for very long and need a lot of attention for that. For short range they are...Read complete review

        These shafts are tough as nails for stump and 3d shoots. The dozen I bought wont stay straight for very long and need a lot of attention for that. For short range they are excellent and forgiving when straight. I cant recommend them due to the price however.

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        4.0

        Switching to these over POC

        By Matt

        from NoVA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

              Long time POC (Port Ordford Cedar) user and bought Douglas Fir, Ash, and Birch shafts to run some tests against each other, weight, penetration (gel block), flight, strength, etc... Mainly to see if there was anything better than POC for my particular setup.

              Disclaimer* the tests run were based on my current *individual* setup and in no way based off of industry standards for testing. However, scientific methods were used across each of the types of wood. All shafts were spined the same and were shot multiple times from the same bow and recorded.

              The ash shafts were heavy to the touch and pale in color compared to POC. The grain pattern was light and the surface of the wood was rough and almost splintery to the touch. The weighted more than the Douglas Firs on average about 45 grains and almost 100 grain difference between the ash and the POC.

              I use the Apple arrow power saw and Woodchuck power taper tool and both had a hard time cutting through this hard wood. What normally took me seconds to do with my POC, was taking minutes per shaft. The difficulty in tooling is the main reason for the 4 stars and not 5. Its not for the beginner fletcher.

              The shafts eventually (after much sanding and cleaning) took a solid coat of alcohol stain, but it was not nearly as nice as the Douglas Fir or Cedar shafts.

              These shafts though, like most things in life, are worth the patience and effort. They are the hardest hitting, best flying shafts I have seen in a long time. On the gel block they increased the penetration by almost 3 inches compared to the Ash and almost 5 compared to the Cedar. The arrow speed was also took a solid hit. While I unfortunately do not have chronograph readouts, the drop in speed compared to Ash and Cedar shafts was visually noticeable, though not by much.

              These shafts are great, but its certainly a trade off between speed and penetration with regards to POC. Personally, with my setup, I'll take the speed hit for a better penetrating, smother flying shaft.

              Hand straightening the shafts was a bit difficult, but a bit of solid heat did wonders to help ease the fibers loose.

              I have yet to post my review of the Birch shafts, but will do that when I am able to get the data recorded.

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              5.0

              tough shafts!

              By the tattooed bowhunter

              from Lancaster, Ohio

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Super Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Good Hunting Shaft

                Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                I really love these shafts! You need heat to straighten them, and if you get them hot enough, they are quite easy to bend. They are very durable, which is a plus when hunting large and small game.

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                3.0

                Tough as nails

                By Wallydog

                from Illinois

                Pros

                • Takes A Finish
                • Tough

                Cons

                • Not straight
                • Wont Stay Straight

                Best Uses

                • Short Range Hunt
                • Stump Shooting

                Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                These shafts are tough as nails for stump and 3d shoots. The dozen I bought wont stay straight for very long and need a lot of attention for that. For short range they are excellent and forgiving when straight. I cant recommend them due to the price however.

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                5.0

                great product

                By greatwhitehuntee

                from pagosa springs co

                Verified Buyer

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                      Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                      After getting a few put together I had to shoot them. By far the hardest hitting arrow. I shoot a 65# long bow it moves the target around. Ready for fall to see how they do against a big bull

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome opossum

                      By Sneaky opossum

                      from Ar

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                            Best shafts makes poc look like toothpicks , solid as a rock

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            work well

                            By L'Indomptable

                            from Noumea - New Caledonia

                            Pros

                            • 3d Hunting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                                I live in New Caledonia and I bought these shaft only for hunting. After some shots at our local 3D range, I saw that these shafts fly right !! I decided to try in hunting action and now I can tell that this shaft are very hard/resistant on our Rusa deer, turkeys...and wild pigs !! sorry for my English, I speak french and I learn to speak English better...
                                Regards

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                                4.0

                                Good arrows

                                By Germanic Archer

                                from Oostburg, WI

                                Pros

                                • Quiet In Flight
                                • Takes Stain Well
                                • They Don't Break Easily

                                Cons

                                • Difficult to straighten

                                Best Uses

                                • Hunting
                                • Target Archery
                                • Traditional Archery

                                Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                                These ash arrow shafts were the first wooden arrow shafts that I've ever used, so I don't have anything to compare them to. I chose them because I like medieval archery and ash was one of the medieval Europeans' favorite woods to use for arrows, so I hear. Using wooden arrows does take more work than aluminum & carbon shafts but I like it. Once I get these shafts straightened, they usually take a lot of hits and misses before developing bends again. I have only broken off points due to getting arrows stuck, otherwise I have not broken any of these ash shafts. I use hand straightening, burnishing and a heat gun to straighten wooden arrow shafts but I do not consider myself an expert in any way, shape or form, I'm still learning and still looking for ways to improve. Thanks 3Rivers for opening the door for wooden arrows for me :)

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                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                Hard Hitting Arrows!

                                By El Arquero

                                from Lafayette, La.

                                Pros

                                • Accurately Spined
                                • Hard Hitting
                                • Stain And Seal Nicely
                                • very durable

                                Cons

                                • Tough To Straighten

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                                  Finish nicely taking stain well. Looks better with lighter colored stain IMO. Dipped mine in Polycrilic. Hit very hard and penetrate deeper than POC or Douglas Fir. No wonder the medieval guys loved this wood. These are now my arrow of choice!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Ash Wood Arrow Shafting

                                  By Ron Osceola

                                  from Delray Beach, FL

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Extremely strong
                                  • Nice And Straight
                                  • Nice Even Spline
                                  • Tough wood

                                  Cons

                                  • A Little Tough To Work

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                                    I expect arrows that will serve me a while. The ash is tough to work, but extremely strong (not a bad trade-off at all)

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Heavy and Durable

                                    By StringSlap

                                    from Colorado

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to work with
                                    • looks very nice

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult to straighten

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Big Game Hunting
                                    • Target shooting

                                    Comments about Ash Wood Arrow Shafting:

                                    These were my first foray into raw wooden arrows- I stained them with Tru-Oil, sanded between coats, etc., and then fletched them with 5.5'' Shield cut white fletching. They turned into very spiffy, classic-looking arrows. They are very hard hitting out of my 55# Montana Longbow. I've bounced them off of my backstop (which tends to shatter carbon arrows) and all I had to do was re-glue the field point. Very economical, tough, and good-looking arrows.

                                    Service and delivery comments:

                                    The delivery time was nice, but one of the shafts did arrive split down the center, about a quarter of its length, resulting in it being unusable. However, this was the first problem I've ever had when ordering from 3Rivers, so it's not that big a deal.

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