Archery requires two pieces of equipment. A bow and an arrow. If you do not know much about archery you may think well that is simple. Two tools needed to start enjoying a hobby! Perfect.
Do not be fooled though. There are several types of arrows just like there are several types of bows.
So where do we begin? First let’s start with history. Arrows have been used for thousands of years. Arrows originally were pieces of flint or stone tied to wood bound by pieces of leather. They were primarily used as a hunting tool. Eventually, advancements were made and arrows become a component of battle in times of war. Many people have also speculated they were first discovered in South Africa.
Archery arrows though are very different from the primitive weapons used thousands of years ago. Today’s modern equipment consists of plastic and wooden parts. What are the components of these modern day weapons and how are they used? The two main components of an arrow are the shaft and the arrowhead. The shaft of the arrow us generally lightweight and made from lightweight wood. Typically, consisting of bamboo. Bamboo wood is some of the hardest yet lightweight possible wood you can find and typically grows in Asia. It is excellent for arrows as you want to move something lightweight from your bow, otherwise it won’t go anywhere!
The arrow head is the second main component of an arrow. Arrowheads have been around since the beginning of time; the original intentions behind the use of an arrow were for hunting and were attached to any long piece of wood with straps of leather. They were thrown to kill and later became weapons of war. The types of arrows available in the modern world would take up a whole blog post themselves but simply put there are so many and generally shooters find their own preference. They have certainly come a long way from sharpened stone and rock used thousands of years ago.
One more part of the arrow that should be noted is the “fletching” this part of the arrow sits on the backside on the other side of the arrow head and provides aerodynamic stability. There are so many types of fletchings and each one matches a different type of arrow head and arrow in general. Many of these “fletchings” are used in a multitude of different ways and are generally picked based on personal preference. Every person has a different way of shooting their bow and arrow therefore, each individual finds the components to be an individual and personal preference.
Today’s modern bows and arrows can last ages, the best part of modern equipment is the ability to change in and out each component used. Joining an archery club is the best way to learn how to use the hundreds of options available to those that want to pick up archery as a hobby. It is quickly becoming a very popular sport!