Pattern 5f - The Finnish Bow Period - 1350 - 1600 Length - 30+ inches
The model 5F crossbow (1350-1600) got it's start with an article on replicating traditional Finnish crossbows. A number of long, slender Germanic-style crossbows were included. I can't positively date these bows... the article was written in Finnish, but their appearance is very close to a preserved bow in Dresden, which is said to date to the early or mid-14th century.
Like the Finnish bows, the Dresden bow has a long, slender stock, rounded contours, and an enlarged head with bound-in prod. Model 5F 'Finnish' bows are always a hit at medieval meets, like Pennsic War, and quite honestly I think they're among the prettiest bows I make. Originals tend to be very long, but I don't recommend making custom bows much longerthan your trousers inseam. Longer ones will gouge you in the belly when you bend over to span them.
Base Price - The Central European Bow - $405