DRAKE Huntsman - 70" - 26-60 lbs - Hybrid bow
DRAKE´s new Huntsman has a length of 70" and is designed as a modern hybrid bow. The hybrid bow cleverly combines the best of two (bow) worlds: On the one hand it can be recognized as a traditional longbow, where the string only touches the tips but not the limbs. On the other hand, a typical feature of a recurve bow is noticeable: The clearly visible reflex-deflex-shape of the limbs, where the ends of the limbs point slightly away from the shooter. The Huntsman hybrid bow cleverly combines the characteristics of a longbow with those of a recurve bow. The result is a bow with a particularly soft draw length, very good limbs performance and optimum arrow speeds.
The bow is a multi-layer construction consisting of a core from maple wood, reinforcing layers of fiberglass in the limbs and an outer layer of zebrano, yew, ash or poplar. The grip area is particularly ergonomically shaped and allows the bow to lie comfortably in the hand. The optical attraction of the Huntsman is provided by the already mentioned outer layers of special woods, which give the bow a different character:
An exotic tree that has its main habitat in West Africa. It grows up to 30-40 m 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 dimorphism) tree or spread out shrub is protected and grows very slowly. The radius of its trunk increases only by 1" (2,54cm) over 40-60 years, 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 range 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 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. Especially the burl wood is provided with brown burl eyes and a clear and very decorative pattern.
And as special as the bow is, as the individual are the characteristics of the natural wood material and its handcrafted production. The resulting draw weights are therefore not specified as exact values, but can only be specified and selected in smaller draw weight ranges.
Available as right or left-hand model.
Bow length: 70" (approx. 180cm)
Draw weight: 26-60 lbs
Brace height: 7.0" (approx. 18cm)
max.Draw length: 32"
Weight: approx. 700g
Bow with string
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: