A critical component of any bow is the tendon, which plays an important role in performance and the shooting experience. In this blog post, we will examine the different types of strings used in traditional archery and highlight the differences between them.
1. Brown String (Dacron string):
Brown tendon, also known as Dacron string, is one of the most commonly used strings in traditional archery. It is made of multiple strands of Dacron polyester fibers and is known for its durability and reliability. Dacron strings are generally inexpensive and work well for beginners and recreational archers. However, they are less efficient than more modern materials.
2. Fast Flight String:
The Fast Flight string is an evolution of the traditional Dacron string. It is made of high-strength polyethylene or Dyneema material and offers higher speed and performance than Dacron tendons. Fast Flight strings are lighter and have less stretch, resulting in faster arrow speed. However, they are more susceptible to damage and require special limbs protectors to prevent them from damaging limbs.
3. String cord made of natural materials:
Some traditional archers prefer tendon strings made from natural materials such as tendon material made from animal strings or plant fibers. These tendon strings are often handmade and can give a unique aesthetic and authentic feel. However, they require more care and attention as they can be more sensitive to weathering and moisture.
4. Flemish Twist String:
Flemish twist string is a special type of string that consists of multiple twisted strands. It is often used in traditional bows such as longbows or recurve bows. The Flemish Twist string offers high performance and durability and fits well with traditional bows. However, it can be more difficult to make than other types of string and requires special skills.
5. The endless String:
In an endless string, the strands, or more precisely, the continuous filament that has been joined several times, are held together with the help of the end wraps. In a Flemish string, the connection of the string strands is done by a splice. The significantly lower elasticity of an endless tendon leads to an increased arrow speed, as there is a more efficient transfer of energy to the arrow. However, this results in the bow being subjected to a higher load. Therefore, Flemish strings are mainly used on traditional bows.
6. The BEARPAW Whisper String
The BEARPAW Whisper String is a bowstring designed for use on traditional longbows and recurve bows. The Whisper String is one of our in-house lines of bowstrings. Our BEARPAW Whisper String is specifically designed to be quiet and efficient. This comes into play especially when using traditional bows, as they typically do not have dampening devices or advanced noise reduction technologies. The string is made of high-quality materials and is carefully manufactured to ensure good performance and durability.