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Hawkwood English Longbow
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (10)
  • Easy to draw (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Easy to handle (7)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reenactment (10)
    • Practice (9)
    • Competition (5)
    • Good weather (4)
    • Hunting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (6), Competitive archer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An excellent period longbow

    I am a competitive target archer who teaches extensively. I have been shooting a recurve for 37 years. I picked up a 35 pound longbow a few years ago and found it to be...Read complete review

    I am a competitive target archer who teaches extensively. I have been shooting a recurve for 37 years. I picked up a 35 pound longbow a few years ago and found it to be most unsatisfactory. A 35 is inconsistent, inaccurate and shoots very poorly at longer ranges (40 to 100 yards). This 47 pound longbow is everything my 35 wasn't: Consistent, accurate, tough. The bow is beautifully made with wonderful horn nocks and an excellent Flemish string. The vinyl hand grip is a distraction, but it was always my intent to replace the grip with my own anyway. A note and warning I would offer: This is not a bow for a beginner. A truly Period longbow is a difficult weapon to shoot. Hauling back 47 pounds, using one's hand for a shelf and trying to hit something is a task that would be very discouraging for a new archer. Learn the basics of shooting first, develop your muscles, then go to this bow. You will not be disappointed. Also, remember: This is a Period longbow. If you pick this thing up on a cold morning and just start shooting, the bow will crack and you will have $200+ dollars worth of kindling. Also: wear a bow glove, no exceptions. Unless, of course, you like going into surgery and having fletchings cut out of your hand! Learn about longbows before you try shooting one.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A classic bow for SCA events

    Overall the best use for this bow is for a primitive archer or SCA medieval renactment events. Specifically, this bow is comparable to others made of hickory or epe backed with bamboo. It...Read complete review

    Overall the best use for this bow is for a primitive archer or SCA medieval renactment events. Specifically, this bow is comparable to others made of hickory or epe backed with bamboo. It is smooth shooting with little hand shock. It is not anywhere near the quality of self bow made of pacific yew. If you looking for longbow with serious punch for hunting, look elsewhere. Even with the 50-55 lb rating, it quickly loses power over time, and requires considerable tweaking of the bowstring. I found this longbow to be too fragile for hunting with the hickory backing, and too suspectible to damage under normally conditions of use. Be extremely careful while stringing this bow, as the overall stress limit of the red oak is not nearly as strong as yew, and will crack if overextended or overdrawn. My personal drawlength is 28.5" which seems to be the limit of this bow. The bottom line is unless you know and understand primitive longbows, this should not be a "first time" bow buy.

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    5.0

    Good product.

    By Lance Corona

    from Calgary

    About Me Recreational Archer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy To Draw
    • Easy To Handle
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

        I loved this bow. I broke it by drawing it to 32", my bad. So don't do what I did!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        A So-So Bow

        By Mungo Napier, Archer of Mallard Lodge

        from Charlottesville, Virginia

        About Me Recreational Archer

        Pros

        • Easy To Draw

        Cons

        • Lacks Power

        Best Uses

        • Reenactment

        Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

        I used my Hawkwood at SCA tournaments for a year, plus some indoor target shooting. I expected less accuracy shooting off the hand, but was satisfied at up to 20 yards, Mine a very weak cast. At 20 yards, penetration was less than 2", versus 3-4" with my Barta bow. The Hawkwood was useless at 50 yards as its weak cast required a very high aim point above the target. I usually shoot POA, but with this bow it was basically instictive. I enjoyed shooting the bow, and learned a lot, but I'm not impressed. Next year I may "unretire" my bowyer-made yew bow and set the Hawkwood aside.

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        • No

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        4.0

        My Favorite Bow

        By Lord Slashcat

        from Maine

        About Me Recreational Archer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Dependable
        • Durable
        • Historic Design
        • Rugged
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

        • Small Details Imperfect

        Best Uses

        • Competition
        • Everything All The Time
        • Good Weather
        • Hunting
        • Practice
        • Reenactment

        Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

        I would have given this bow 5 stars except for a little bit of sloppy workmanship around the horn nocks and the poor string that comes with it.
        I used the 3Rivers adjustable longbow string and braced it to 6 1/2 inches and have flung at least 200 arrows from this bow already since it arrived.
        The Hawkwood might not win any beauty contests, but beauty is as beauty does. I've been an archer for 50 years and I can't put this bow down. The draw is smooth and even and it has no trouble sending arrows to the center of the target repeatedly.
        I only wish I had bought this bow sooner.

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        • No

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        (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        HAWKWOOD

        By GARY

        from TORONTO CANADA

        About Me Expert Archer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Durable
        • Easy To Adjust
        • Easy To Draw
        • Easy To Handle
        • NATURAL
        • POINTS EASY
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 3d
          • Competition
          • Good Weather
          • HAVIN FUN
          • Hunting
          • Practice
          • Reenactment

          Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

          AMAZING.CANT THE BOW 45 DEGREES.PUT THE ARROW IN THE TROUGH YOUR HAND MAKES BETWEEN THE BOW AND HAND.HOLD THE BOW UP AND LOOK DOWN THE ARROW TO THE TARGET.IF THE POINT IS OFF A BIT ROLL YOUR WRIST TIL THE ARROW IS STRAIT TO THE TARGET.NOW MOVE YOUR HEAD A LITTLE LEFT AND RIGHT TO MAKE SURE THE ARROW IS PERFECTLY IN LINE.DRAW STRAIT BACK AND PAUSE ABOUT 1 IN. IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE ANCHOR.WITH BOTH EYES OPEN LOOK AT THE TARGET LINE IT UP FOR SURE ONE LAST TIME AND JUST DRAW BACK AND TOUCH YOUR ANCHOR AND LET ER GO.YOU'LL SEE.I HAVE A DALAA AND I CAN SHOOT THIS BOW JUST AS WELL.I ACTUALLY FIND A LONG BOW EASIER TO LINE UP AND SHOOT THAN A RECURVE.
          I PUT MY BRACE AT 6 1/2 IN.I BUILT MY GRIP TO FIT MY HAND WHICH WAS EASY AND PUT ON SOME NICE LEATHER WRAP.THE BOW COMES WITH A STRINGER AND IS EASY TO STRING.I GOT THE 45-50 MODEL WHICH PULLS 52 ON MY SCALE.
          I PUT TWO COATS OF VARATHANE ON IT SO HAS A DEEP BEAUTIFUL FINISH.
          I USE PORTLAND CEDAR TAPERED WOOD ARROWS.
          THOSE OLD ENGLISH GUYS USED THIS BOW FOR A REASON.
          NOW I KNOW THE REASON.IT'S A GREAT SHOOTIN BOW.
          I'M NOT AS IMPRESSED WITH FOAM LIMBS AND CARBON ARROWS ANY MORE.ROBIN HOOD USED A BOW LIKE THIS AND HE DID OK.

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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Everything You'd Expect

          By Zarlee

          from Akron, OH

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Durable
          • Easy To Handle
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hunting
            • Practice
            • Reenactment

            Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

            I am extremely pleased with this bow! I used to shoot a kid's bow when I was young and recently decided to get back into it. Despite the fact that this is NOT a beginner's bow, I wanted something that was high-quality as well as authentic and primitive. I got just that. This thing has an impressive look to it being around 6' tall unstrung. I was impressed by the craftsmanship as well. It's feels solid and durable in my hand, but still extremely light and easy to carry around. I bought the 50-55 pound draw weight. I'm 24 and in good shape and don't have a problem using it, but I don't think I would want to draw back anything heavier. Speaking of the draw, that and the release is extremely smooth. The arrows have a lot of power behind them even at long range. It comes with one braided string and mine started to unravel at both ends, but I fixed it with some heavy tape. The only thing I could complain about is the leather grip, which doesn't appear to be in keeping with the quality of the bow. Like the other reviewers wrote, it will begin to come off after use. I recommend planning for this and buying something to replace it. All in all, an excellent buy.

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            • No

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            hawkwood english long bow

            By Jim The beginner

            from Rathdrum Idaho 83858

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Durable
            • Easy To Adjust
            • Easy To Draw
            • Easy To Handle
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

                I ordered my first hawkwood long bow. and went to purchas 4 carbon arrows from local deler. Shot perfectley 1st time.the next day i broke it. not due to any imperfections in product. but due to ignorance in stringing up the bow. Idid not use the bow stringer supplied and did it up side down. TO ALL USE EXTREME CAUSION in stringing these. i would hope that full instructions would be included in every bow purchased. and U read any and all instructions that may apply to your product. PLEASE avoid my mistake as it does cost. I have been semi assured that a local bow maker will evaluate if my miatake can be reparied. In closing. PLEASE, PLEASE call and ask for informatio before U do any thing out of your realm. There are not stuped questions. only stupid mistakes.
                Thank you
                Jim Bean

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                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I will recommend this bow

                By Captain (of archer of course!).

                from Quebec ,PQ, Canada

                About Me Recreational Archer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Easy To Adjust
                • Easy To Draw
                • Easy To Handle

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Competition
                  • Practice
                  • Reenactment

                  Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

                  I USE IT FOR TARGET SHOOTING, INCLUDING 3D ANIMAL ONES, AND DURING RE ENACTMENT EVENT.(BUT NOT FOR COMBAT : TOO POWERFULL FOR THE MATTER).
                  EXELLENT PRODUCT REGARDING THE PRICE.

                  PS sorry for my poor english that is not my mother language(french).

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Grate bow

                  By balh

                  from denmark

                  About Me Competitive Archer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Draw

                  Cons

                  • Poor wrapt handle

                  Best Uses

                  • Good Weather
                  • Practice

                  Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

                  love the bow but the warp handel was lose and came off in a day so i made a lether handel an now the bow is grate!!!

                  Comment on this review

                  (24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  An excellent period longbow

                  By Ryryd ap Gwerstan, Grand Bowmaster

                  from Salt Lake City, Utah

                  About Me Expert Archer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Adjust
                  • Easy To Draw
                  • Easy To Handle
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Weather
                    • Competition
                    • Practice
                    • Reenactment

                    Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

                    I am a competitive target archer who teaches extensively. I have been shooting a recurve for 37 years. I picked up a 35 pound longbow a few years ago and found it to be most unsatisfactory. A 35 is inconsistent, inaccurate and shoots very poorly at longer ranges (40 to 100 yards). This 47 pound longbow is everything my 35 wasn't: Consistent, accurate, tough. The bow is beautifully made with wonderful horn nocks and an excellent Flemish string. The vinyl hand grip is a distraction, but it was always my intent to replace the grip with my own anyway. A note and warning I would offer: This is not a bow for a beginner. A truly Period longbow is a difficult weapon to shoot. Hauling back 47 pounds, using one's hand for a shelf and trying to hit something is a task that would be very discouraging for a new archer. Learn the basics of shooting first, develop your muscles, then go to this bow. You will not be disappointed. Also, remember: This is a Period longbow. If you pick this thing up on a cold morning and just start shooting, the bow will crack and you will have $200+ dollars worth of kindling. Also: wear a bow glove, no exceptions. Unless, of course, you like going into surgery and having fletchings cut out of your hand! Learn about longbows before you try shooting one.

                    Comment on this review

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A beautiful longbow with an ugly hilt

                    By Lukito

                    from Lausanne, Switzerland

                    About Me Recreational Archer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Reenactment

                      Comments about Hawkwood English Longbow:

                      Change the material of the hilt ... this plastic takes away all the charm of this beautiful longbow ! I put leather instead ... it changes all believe me !

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