Arrow feathers and fletchings

Arrow feathers is an aerodynamic stabilisation arrow. It is most often made from feathers, but nowadays we also come across plastics ones. These are the three same sections of the feathers attached to the back of the arrow in such a way that they are evenly distributed around the circumference of the arrow. They're traditionally fixed with silk thread, but it is much easier to stick the feathers. Their purpose is to keep the arrow in flight and ensure its stability. The arrows fletchings should correspond to the arrow tube's diameter, its length and weight. As a rule, the sportier the bow with the higher muzzle velocity, the smaller the rudder should be.

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A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
Bookmark iconArchery and crossbows

Thousands of years ago, bows were primarily used for hunting. Today, archery has become a hobby and a competitive sport. If our ancestors saw today's bows, they would probably not believe their own eyes! What were bows made of in the past - and…