DRAKE Atheas - 56" - 21-55 lbs - Scythian Horsebow

Item number: L144+FDSZ

Category: Horse Bows

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DRAKE Atheas - 56" - 21-55 lbs - Scythian Horse Bow

The horse bow was originally developed in Asia. The best known archers are the Huns and Mongols, who have used this prototype of bow manufactured over centuries. The horse bows were, as the name suggests, designed and made to perfection for shooting from horses. After all, when riding on horseback, space is limited and the mounted warrior had to remain agile in order to survive or hunt successfully. This almost perfect bow spread worldwide in the course of history and other peoples also developed their riding bows, which did not differ significantly in their basic function, but each represented its own variants. In contrast to the typical Western European bows, such as the English longbow, horse bows do not consist of a single piece but are usually composed of several parts. Thus wood was used, which was glued and reinforced with horn, tendons and bones to build a strongly reflex bow, which is short enough to shoot from the horse and which could guarantee long pull-outs and fast arrow speeds. 

A special characteristic is the Scythian horse bow, the so-called Scythian bow. The Scythians were a nomadic cavalry tribe who inhabited the Eurasian Steppes north of the Black Sea and in present-day Ukraine and were thus influenced by both European and Asian cultures. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why their riding bow developed somewhat differently. It is constructed as a typical recurve bow with forward curved limbs and without end stiffeners. On the contrary, his tips are very flat and almost invisible in the silhouette of the bow.

DRAKE's Scythian horse Bow Atheas is a modern and, in contrast to the Hungarian Horse Bow, one-piece bow made of several layers of wood. The outer cover layers of ash, black poplar, zebrano or yew complement a core of maple wood and not only make the bow soft to the touch, but also allow a maximum draw length of up to 30". The handle is ergonomically shaped and very slim. It is therefore particularly suitable for shooters with small hands. In addition, it is wrapped in leather and particularly handy.

The individual look of the DRAKE Atheas is provided by the already mentioned outer laminates made of special woods, which give the bow a different character. The choice is yours:

An exotic tree that has its main habitat in West Africa. It grows up to 30-40 m in height, but never exceeds 1 m in diameter. The sapwood is light and can even be 10cm wide. The freshly cut tree smells unpleasant and is difficult to dry because the wood tends to break. Its clear grain with the regular, dark stripes makes it so interesting and popular.
This evergreen, diocesan (separated sexually) tree or spread out shrub is protected and grows very slowly. The radius of its trunk increases in 40-60 years only 1" (2,54cm), therefore the wooden rings are very dense (0,5 mm) and narrow. Except for the seed coat, all parts of the plant are toxic. The fruit is a red berry. Yew wood is one of the most traditional woods in bow making, which probably had its greatest distribution in the Middle Ages when longbows were the standard weapon of the English army. The high demand for yew wood minimized the tree population enormously and almost led to the extinction of this tree species. Especially beautiful is the warm colour and fine structure of the wood.
The native tree species ash, also known as common ash or ordinary ash, exists in more than 60 species worldwide. Due to its positive properties, ash wood is one of the most important useful woods and is also counted among the noble deciduous woods. It is used whenever elasticity, toughness and strength are required. Sounds like ideal conditions for use in archery. Or? And this is also the case because ash wood has always been used in the construction of sports equipment, e.g. rung walls, batons or bows.
Black poplar:
Black poplar is widespread in Central Europe and can often be found near water. They grow up to 150 years old and reach heights of up to 30m. The wood is relatively light and soft.

They grow up to 150 years old and reach heights of up to 30m. The wood is relatively light and soft. Especially the veined wood has brown veined eyes and a clear and very decorative pattern.

And as special as the bow is, as individual are the characteristics of the natural material of wood and its craftsmanship. The resulting draw weights are therefore not given as exact values, but can only be specified and selected in smaller draw weight ranges.

Suitable for right-handed and left-handed shooters.

Technical data:
Bow length: 56"
Bow weight: 21-55 lbs
max. bow length: 30"
Brace height: 7 - 7.5"

Delivery include:
1 piece

Bow Length:
Shipping weight:
0,60 Kg
Product weight:
0,39 Kg
Right or left-hand?


Determination of the draw hand

The draw hand is the hand that pulls the string. This means that a right-hand bow is held in the left hand and pulled out with the right hand.

The determination of the personal draw hand has far less to do with whether one is left or right-hand than one might initially assume. Rather, it is a matter of determining the dominant eye. The dominant eye is used for targeting. This automatically results in the draw hand.

The term "dominant eye" refers to the eye the visual information of which superimposes everything. If a shooter would try to aim with the other eye, he would have to pinch the dominant eye.

There are two ways to determine the dominant eye: On the one hand, it is the eye that is generally preferred, for example when looking through the viewfinder of a camera, through the spyhole or similar situations. On the other hand, there is a small exercise with which the dominant eye can be determined beyond doubt:

  • The arms are stretched out and with thumb and index fingers of both hands, a triangle is formed.
  • The triangle is used to target a small target, such as a power socket or a cabinet knob. This object is focused.
  • The hands are now slowly moved towards the face without the target being taken out of focus.
  • The triangle of thumb and index fingers will automatically incline to one half of the face and the dominant eye will lie within it.

If eye and hand dominance do not match, the bow should still be selected according to eye dominance. The arms can easily be trained on the new draw hand, the eye cannot.

More information about the choice of the right bow type, the right draw weight and the right arrows can be found here:

A short introduction to archery


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