HI, I'm just beginning a couple of crossbow and manuballista projects at the moment; I was wondering how you shaped the tickler and manufactured the firing mechanism. Was it by hand with saws and files, or machine-cut? I have access to a scrollsaw, hand-tools and a bench grinder which should suffice for the mechanism, but forming the tickler has me stumped.
No trouble at all! just cant really help, as it was made years ago for a custom order. everything i made I made as I went, so no plans to speak of or pics either i'm sorry! would love to help just don't have the means too.
My friend i have started to like this trade a lot and started making some great chain mail, now id like to start working on a really nice crossbow, id like your help please. What are the limbs made of, a metal leaf spring tempered into the rounded shape of a bow, or is it a different kind of metal. Also are you a guild wars fan?
hey there, yes it is a brass roller nut, with two stage capture so on release it only falls far enough to release the string and is also spring loaded to return to cock position after firing. thanks for the comment!
Cool... How did you crafted the bow or arc part... (not familiar with exact terminology...sry) I plan to make an completly authentic crossbow for this summer events and thats one of the major problems holding me back...
PS - i do reenactment in estonia, and probably this mai we are going to see one sca event in sweden to look what they are doing... So your description also made me wonder - How do you use crossbows in sca combat?
hey there, i cheated a little with the authenticity to have it used in sca combat, the limb (the bow part) is actually made from fibreglass by a bow manufacturer. and all the rest is hand crafted. i did this to predominantly achieve the 50pound draw at 12inch that is required for sca combat. they use a minimal draw weight and then use bolts(arrows) with rubber blunt tips.
thanx - i think i must try springsteel of some sort then... so alkinds of autists (curseword for people who bitch to much about authencity (damn spelling - hope you understand)) wont have to much to get hold on - if i used fiber theill shurely point finger at me
hmmm kinda hard to explain. it is a two step mechanism that relies on friction and tension to hold in place. spring loaded so it pulls back to a cock position once fired, or rather when the string is pulled back past the 'nut' it [the trigger] is locked in place via a spring tensioner....a bit more fiddly to make than a traditional but more secure when loaded.... one day i will sketch it and put it in scraps...now that uni is over for the year i have the time to play like that.