Welcome to our online catalog. A list of available crossbow patterns are available on the List of Crossbows page. In addition, all of the old crossbow patterns are still available and they can be seen in Iolo's First Book of Crossbows as a free download. The book contains information on medieval archery, bow safety and all of our crossbow styles and options.
About the Crossbows we create -
We build only medieval and Renaissance-style crossbows. We can make bows rangeing from 50 to 180lbs draw, 250 to 1500 inch-pounds of power.
(Inch-pounds equals draw weight x draw length, e.g. 100 lbs draw weight x 8 inches = 800 in/lbs)
For backyard target practice and medieval war games, like those played by Markalnd Militia and the Society for Creative Anachronism, we recommend a bow of 75 lbs at 7.5 inches of draw (550 inch-pounds). This same bow would suffice for hunting small game or for bow fishing. Accuracy and penetration power required for hunting large game or target shooting at ranges in excess of 75 yards would require a bow of 100 lbs or more and would require a steel bowstave rather than our normal alumuminum bowstave.
The standard bowstave used by New World Arbalest is a very efficient aluminum alloy prod of approx. 75 pound draw at 7.5 inches of draw. This bow can be drawn-drawn to just over 80 lbs and be under-drawn to about 50 lbs. We no longer offer fiberglass bows.
A note of caution - bows in excess of 150 lbs of draw will be hard to pull, have more recoil and destroy more bolts than lighter bows. While impressive, stronger bows are not as much fun to play with and are more likely to kill or injure someone if you are not careful. All bows are dangerous if used unsafely, but the strong bows are really dangerous. We do not recommend you purchase a bow in excess of 150 lbs unless you have a particular purpose for a very strong bow.