These are replicas and developments of bows found in old tombs. The skill in using the handy, extremely fast bows combined with the agility of the experienced rider, made the mounted archer who often even shot back over his shoulder, almost invincible. The history of the mounted nomadic peoples in the Steppes of Asia, spanning over 2000 years, is probably known to all of us.
The bows are made of maple or ash wood, and sometimes of walnut or wild pear, and are reinforced using fibre glass (except the composite bows). Due to their design, all bows have distinct features such as a soft pull, a level flight path and a minimal recoil.
The basic version has limbs wrapped in pigskin and bandaged with linen threads. In addition, there is also a selection of special versions available:
– The BASIC VERSIONS are available in light-, medium- and dark-brown as well as in black, red, grey, blue and green.
– A DÉCOR version is also available.
– Special features of the EXTRA I version are wrappings of eelskin or snakeskin plus inlaid horn grip and bowends (siyahs).
– The EXTRA II version exemplifies Csaba Grózer’s tremendous skills as a craftsman. The horn at the limbs and a Pergamun layer in natural or smoky brown on the back make these bows unique collector’s items. The horn comes from a primeval longhorn cattle race from the Puszta, while Pergamun is the very thin, parchment-like rawhide of the red deer.
– The look of the COMPOSITE bow largely resembles that of the Extra II bow. However, it best of all reflects the thousand-year old art perfected by the old bowmaker craftsmen. Only natural materials are used for this bow. It not only consists of wood, but of various elastic materials, all providing a far superior resilience and flexibility as opposed to wood alone. The bow owes its characteristic shape and short dimensions to the use of these materials. The ancient bow makers knew how to make the most of the materials potential resulting in the bow’s ability to strongly rebound into a negative direction beyond the straight line on the grip and the bow’s ends in an unflexed state. Therefore, bending the bow into the opposite direction leads to a build-up of high tension in the bow’s arms. Wood alone wouldn’t be able to withstand this strain. So the inner layer consists of sawn-off and flattened horn. The middle layer consists of a wooden framework providing connectivity and stability. The outside consists of dried, frayed foot tendons of the red deer, mixed with isinglass and leather glue. A protective layer of goats skin, extreme thin fishhide, Pergamun or, alternatively, birch bark, is applied on the sinew of the finished bow.