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Manchu Composite Recurve Bow(Chinese Bow)

Draw Weight:  35-60 lb

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Manchu Composite BowAlso called Qing bow. the Manchu bow is the bow that the Manchus brought into China when they invaded the Ming empire in the early 17th century. As the Manchus advanced and took control of all of China, the style of bow replaced the native Chinese styles of composite bows in use during the late Ming completely. A likely reason is that all bowyers were instructed to produce Manchu style bows in this period for the war effort. The war lasting many decades, they never went back to producing other style bows.The Manchu composite bow was the standard bow of the Qing, but not all styles of archery practiced in the Qing are Manchu archery. Nowadays, there’s 3 main types Manchu composite bow, including Qing bow, Qinghai bow and Mongolian bow.

The Manchu Composite Bow construction

composite bow construction
bow string bridge

The Manchu bow is a member of the family of Asian composite bows. Their are all made with wooden or bamboo core with on either side a rigid wooden ear. The handle section is thickened and stiffened with extra wood and / or horn or bone. Horn is glued firmly to the belly (facing the archer) of the limbs, while animal sinew is glued to the back (facing away). When the composite bow limbs bend the horn on the inside is compressed while the sinew on the outside stretches, building up potential kinetic energy. Both materials are tougher than wood and thus allow a limb of a given weight to store more energy than a wooden limb would be able to. The reason is that even the best composite bow woods to not provide such a potential for resisting compression in the belly and extension in the back as the horn sinew combination does. Because of the toughness these limbs can and should bend a lot more than a wooden limb which is why composite bows are almost always made with a deep reflex, have long draw lengths for their length as opposed to wooden self-bows, and come with rigid ears that help bend the limbs further.

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