Falco is the official representative of the following brands in Northern Europe:
Which arrow type to choose?
General information about arrow types:
*) Wooden arrows are the authentic choice for traditional archery. Generally, wooden arrows are the heaviest and also the least straight for obvious reasons - wood can never be as a straight as industrially produced carbon or aluminum shafts. Wooden arrows are at the same time the most customizable and can be produced in almost every shaft color, fletching color, nock color and a variety of points. Wooden arrows last long if they are shot well but when shot into a stone or a tree, they tend to break or go crooked.
Falco produces the finest Premium Vintage arrows which are spined to the accuracy of a few pounds and chosen for their ideal straightness. Many World and European Champions shoot with our arrows.
*) Aluminum arrows are sold in a variety of price ranges. However, generally the aluminum arrow is a choice of arrow for beginner archers who prefer the better straightness of the aluminum compared to wood. At the same time, aluminum is not nearly as authentic as wood since the arrows are fletched with plastic vanes. Aluminum arrows tend not to break when mis-shot but bend which is often reversable. Aluminum comes in relatively precise spines.
*) Carbon arrows are also sold ina variety of price ranges from beginners arrows all the way to extremely expensive pro-arrows. Carbon arrows are the slimmest of the three main types and also the straightest. At the same time, carbon breaks very easily when mis-shot. Arrows are typically fletched with plastic vanes and they come in exact spines.
*) Carbon-aluminum arrows are typically for advanced archers and in the highest price segment. Very accurate, very well spined and perfectly straight.
Which to choose?
Your preferred arrow type depends most on the purpose of the arrow. These are some general guidelines:
*) To shoot off of a longbow, the wooden arrow is by far the most authetic. However, many archers choose to use carbon or aluminum as well (see reasons below) for increased straightness and more accurate spining.
*) Shooting a recurve bow (incl. olympic bow), carbon, aluminum or carbon-aluminum arrows suit well even though you should be careful when making your pick (we suggest contacting us or a professional archer for advice). If you have a traditional recurve, you may also look into wooden arrows.
*) The compound bow is generally shot with carbon or carbon-aluminum arrows although aluminum arrows can be used as well.
Should I buy ready-made arrows or assemble the components myself?
If you are an experienced archer, you probably can answer this question yourself. However, for most archers, assembling their own arrows is tricky and unpreferred. Arrow assembly is made difficult by the fletching (feathers, vanes) which would have to be made perfectly to insure great flight of the arrow. This needs special equipment. We would therefore suggest ordering your arrow ready-made.
How to know my arrow length?
Your arrow length mostly depends on your draw length. For longbow and traditional recurve archery, usually the best arrow length is up to 2" more than your draw length.
But how I know my draw length? Take a bow and arrow and draw the bow to full draw length. Then have a friend mark the spot on the arrow where the arrow is flush with the front corner of your arrow shelf. Now let the bow down and measure the length from the mark made by your friend to the bottom of the nock groove on your arrow. This is your draw length.
For other types of bows, the arrow length depends on more complicated measurements so please contact us or an experienced archer for more details.
What is arrow spine and why do I need this?
Arrow spine is a flexibility measurement, basically a numerical value for how much the arrow bends when mechanical force is applied to the arrow to bend it. Arrow spine is measured in pounds (lbs).
Although your preferred spine depends a lot on your bow and your draw length, for longbows and traditional recurves, the rough estimate is that your spine should be a few pounds more than the weight of your bow. Therefore, if you a standard draw-length archer (abt 27"-28") with a 35 lbs bow, arrows of 35 - 40 lbs should fit you nicely. If your draw length is very short or very long (such as 31"-32"), it would be better to contact us for a more advice.
The reason your arrow spine must be correct is in the fact that the arrow does not fly directly off the bow but the bow makes the arrow bend in both directions. Hence if the bow has a lot of energy and the arrow is too weak, it will just fly off not directly but awry to one side. Likewise, if the arrow is very stiff and the bow relatively weak, to the other side. In order to make the arrow fly straight, the bow force and the arrow stifness must match.
For other types of bows, spine is slightly more difficult to determine and special equations are used for that. It would therefore be wise to contact us for more details.