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

Standard Features

´╗┐Steel trigger

Steel stirrup

Cord-bound Lath

Delrin nut

Linseed oil finish

Contrasting wood veneer top

Inlet rawhide lockplates

Purchase also includes -

  • Lath string, plus one extra string
  • 4 basic quarrels with white fletching

Standard Choices (Included in Base Price)

Your choice of wood for main body

  • Walnut
  • Cherry
  • Oak

Your choice of wood veneer top

  • Maple
  • Walnut

Your choice of color for rawhide lockplates

Available Options

Included Options -

  • Choice of wood for main body
  • Choice of wood veneer top

Tung Oil Finish - $30

Wooden Lockplates - $12

Horn Release - $95

Micrata Overlay - $50

Bow Irons - $95

Basic Sights - $30

Renaissance Sights - $85

Steel Lath - $80