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In 2002 Kassai designed the Raven as a general purpose bow. It is a refinement of the general purpose bow that started his business, the Magyar Sport. The Magyar Sport has been Kassai’s and my best selling bow for several years, but the Raven’s performance is such an improvement that I no longer stock the Magyar Sport. The Raven’s syhas are longer and the belly shorter and broader. The tips of the bow come to a rugged point. Unstrung 57.5 inches long, strung 54 inches tall. It takes a 50.3 inch string (same as the Magyar Sport). The syhas are 14 inches long, the belly 34 inches long and 1.9 inches wide. Available from 25# to 60#.
The Vazul (translates as "bear") is intended for the hunter or target shooter who desires a longer bow and the option for more power. I sell several of these each year to historians who want to understand the feel of a military weight bow. To offer this higher poundage the aerodynamic shape of the Magyar Sport and Hunter’s syhas were replaced with a comparatively massive and blunt shape. The bow weighs 2 lbs. The string is 55.125 inches. It is 61 inches long unstrung and 58 inches strung. 1.75 inch wide belly. It is available in draw weights from 25# to 90#.
The Hunter is optimized as a hunting "brush bow". It delivers excellent performance from 26 to 28 inches. It does start to stack upon passing 28 inches. This bow is for the archer with a short draw length or the hunter who wants a shorter bow to slip through the underbrush. I have a long article from “National Bowhunter” magazine exclaiming how good a bow this is. The strung height is 49.5 inches with a 48 inch string, the belly is 1.6 inches wide. Made from 40# to 65#.
Europeans approach hunting as a luxury sport and have a tendency toward beautifully finished accouterments to hunt with.(They really hunt with those engraved shotguns.) To appeal to that market the Hunter is available with horn veneer on the grip and syhas. For shear artistic beauty, this bow has no match. Draw weights are from 45# to 70#.
A contribution of the Mongols to ancient archery was the “string bridge”. This is much like a guitar bridge located at the corner of the syhas. It holds the string in place when at rest and allows the tips of the bow to bend forward beyond the line defined by the string. This gives an extra “snap” to the arrow and a slightly different feel to the bow. Measuring 57 inches tall both unstrung and strung with a 55 inch string. Weighs 1 lb. 11 oz. They do not start to stack until 32 inches. Archers over 6 feet tall prefer this bow's feel over the Magyar Sport. Available from 35# to 70#.
Asymmetrical, the upper limb is 4.5 inches longer than the lower! No, it does not make the bow unbalanced or throw the arrow funny. But it does make it the best bow for horseback archery When strung the syhas rest so far forward that the string has to be held in place. This is accomplished with a fin along the back of sihas that the loops of the string lay on either side of. The bow throws an arrow at a velocity equal to a long bow of half again its draw weight. I know that does not sound right. I did not believe it at first, but I have come to enjoy the looks on experienced archers' faces as they watch the trajectory of the Hun's arrows. This is a precision instrument and is not forgiving. It gives you amazing efficiency but the design is limited to under 45#. It is 62 inches tall strung and unstrung. It has a 59 inch string. It does not start stacking until 36 inches of draw. The bow weights 2 lb 6oz. It is only made in weights from 27# to 45#.
This bow is designed for the tall archer, but the first person to buy one was a very experienced archer of 5'5". He said it was too smooth to let go of. It starts to stack at 38 inches. This bow is a variation on the Hun. It offers most of the Hun's efficiency in a more powerful, more forgiving model for the foot archer. It did have to trade off a bit of the Hun's efficiency but it noticeably out shoots the less expensive horsebows. I would recommend this bow to the archer who wants the extra smoothness of a longer bow in hunting weights. Strung with its 55 inch string, it is 58 inches tall. Unstrung it is 61" and weighs 2 lb 8oz. Weights are from 28# to 60#.
Intended as a children's bow this flat bow draws nicely all the way to 28 inches. It is built as one solid piece of fiberglass from tip to tip. This is a different and less costly construction method than the horsebows with their syhas and complex curves. The belly of the Pony is wrapped in leather, giving it a very nice look. The handle is also leather and built up to an arrow rest. The Pony comes in three weights:
When strung it is 53 inches long, unstrung 56 inches.
This is a first rate children's bow. It draws nicely up to 24 inches, over that it is not very efficient. This bow has no syhas so it is a simple recurve. This bow is amazing for the adult archer with a draw length of 24inches or less (that is about 5 feet tall). When I am selling in person I hand this bow to any experienced archer who is short and they very often find it the best bow they have ever drawn-cause it is made to fit them! It weighs 1 lb. 2 oz. and it is 48 inches tall strung and 50 inches unstrung. It is rugged enough to be over drawn to 28 inches but does not perform well over 24 inches. Available from 15# to 52# (measured at 22 inches).
Deflex reflex bows, are bows who when unstrung the limbs, at rest, are way in front of the handle. The limbs form a C shape leaning forward. So when the bow is strung the limbs have to be bent a lot further to reach the strung position behind the handle. This loads a lot of energy into the limbs such that even the first inch of draw is loading the bow with energy ready to be delivered to the arrow upon release. The balance required to move the limbs from in front of - to behind- the handle without the handle twisting in your hand is challenging. Even with the limb being much wider than most bows at 2.25 inches. A bow stringer is necessary and for the first 4 times a helpful assistant. A third hand is really useful.
Example: A Mongol-C that measures 46# at 30 inches measures 32# at 20 inches and 42# at 28 inches, and 49# at 32 inches. The extra tension through the power stroke delivers more velocity to your arrows. One of my dealers had not shot a bow for a decade as his carpal tunnel damaged wrists would not allow him to draw more than 35#. At 35# all the models of bows he had owned were too slow to deliver the fun he had always had from archery.
He told me that after hearing me talk up this bow to his customers for a year, he decided to just see what it could do. So he strung up a 35# Panther and took a shot at his backyard target. The arrow flew far flatter than his aim, sailed over the target and punched through his shed a fair distance further away. With this bow even his weakened wrists could deliver the velocity he wanted, and he enjoyed several more years of archery before his passing.
The Panther is a deflex reflex bow for the archer of normal draw length, weighs 2 pounds, uses a 55.1 inch string, it is 57 inches from end to end strung and 48 inches from end to end unstrung. Available from 28# to 55# measured at 30 inch draw length. Draws nicely out to 32inches.
The Mongol-C incorporates the string bridges of the Mongol style bows. Is intended for an archer 6 foot tall or more. Strung it is 58 inches long, unstrung 49 inches. Manufactured from 30# to 55# at 30 inches of draw. Will draw nicely out to 35inches adding more energy all the way.
The Lynx II is the lowest price bow with the design and performance of a static recurve bow, It has solid wood syhas and a good curve in the belly. Kassai decided that there were a number of people who wanted a horsebow but were not able to justify the price. So he designed the Lynx using some labor saving "short cuts" to reduce the retail price. The finish is leather spiraling the length of the belly. The syhas are finished with simple linseed oil. The belly is a bit thinner, hence it can only be made with a draw of under 50#. It is just as rugged and will perform almost as well as the Hunter which is the same overall dimensions. This is a good bow, rugged in construction, almost the same smooth draw and almost as quiet and smooth release. Unstrung length 53.5 inches. Strung length 51.5 inches. Bow string 48 inches including the symmetrical loops of 5 inches. Manufactured strength: 25-50#
Family Workshop Balatongyörök, Hungary has been making bows since 1997. They sent me an email this spring and intrigued me. So I bought 20 bows. I like them, everyone who has tried them likes them. They are about as well made as Kassai bows. So a product I can stand behind. This is not an easy thing. There are many better known brands of bows that have disintegrated in my hands. Those I leave to others to sell, I prefer selling bows that do not generate customer complaints. (There are even some Kassai models that I do not stock as I judge them too fragile for my customers.)
Family workshop makes only two models of bows: Nomad and Magyar. Both models comes in 3 draw lengths 28 inch, 26 inch, and 24 inch. Each draw length comes in a range of draw weights.
Retail prices for the Nomad's three draw lengths are: 28 inches $232, 26" $212, 24" $202
The Nomad is a simple recurve bow. Easier to build and even more rugged than a static recurve bow (bow with syhas). You do get what you pay for. A very good basic bow. Historically it has been found in graves on the steppes as old as 3,000BCE. It never exactly disappeared but rather was superseded by the static recurve bow about the beginning of the Current Era.
28" - $232 USD
26" - $212 USD
24" - $202 USD
I am going to call this Family Workshop bow "Magyar". The adornment is in a Magyar style of the 9th century. The alphabet is Magyar, it's resemblance to Celtic or Scandinavian runes is a matter of the tools used to produce it when they started. It is a phonetic alphabet only set aside in the 19th century. Mostly because it was too expensive to get type face. So it is still used to mark public buildings and refer to history in Hungary, much as us Roman influenced folk use Latin.
The bow itself looks much like the bows of the steppes of the 9th century. Many such bows have been seen in graves of that era.
The syhas give the bow extra velocity at the same draw weight as it smooths the draw. It also is extra work to create so the prices for the 3 sizes of Magyar bows are:
28" - $425 USD
26" - $385 USD
24" - $360 USD