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    Does a hardwood warbow need horn nocks?

    I can understand the need for horn nocks on a softwood like yew, but would a hardwood like Wych Elm, or Ash, both used in medieval England need any more than a simple groove in the wood? And nowadays, what about Hickory or Osage? Both very hard woods, and beginning to be used regularly as substitute timber for self warbows?

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    Historic old bows at horn nocks, or even protective layers of wood to protec tthe wood from wearing from the string, and to protect it from everyday use. Its probably not essential but possibly better if you did.

    Depending where you want to shoot it though you may have to have them.
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    You don't need it, but I'd recommend it for all bows over 110#. I have some Hedeby replica bows and they only have sidenocks directly into the wood. Depending on wood quality they pull between 110 and 130#@30". Eirik made a copy of the Balinderry bow pulling 140-150# with the same sidenock without any horn. Most of these bows are yew, and a few wytch elm.

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    Rudder Bows make some magnificent, reasonably-priced warbows out of oak and hickory. They last and really cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blakey View Post
    I can understand the need for horn nocks on a softwood like yew, but would a hardwood like Wych Elm, or Ash, both used in medieval England need any more than a simple groove in the wood? And nowadays, what about Hickory or Osage? Both very hard woods, and beginning to be used regularly as substitute timber for self warbows?
    Good question Blakey ... I'm just thinking out loud here ... but .... I've often wondered if it's the other way round? Rather than the nock being there to protect the wood from the string ... could it be that the nock is protecting the string from the hard wood ... like I said .. just thinkin' out loud.
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