Jackal Archery laminated bows

Unlike most bowyers, I started making bows with horn bows in 2009 and I made fiberglass and laminated bows later. Horn bows taught me everything from using the tools through learning about the materials to the secrets of how a bow works. From there on, making a laminated bow was not a great challenge, especially with the help of modern technology and materials. There have been mistakes and errors, but I have never experienced those as failure but as opportunities to learn more. There are three important things in my line of work: Experience, open mind and luck.

This is why I could make my most popular and best performing model, the laminated Assyrian bow. It is true, that my first model was an Assyrian horn bow, but its drew length didn't exceed 28-29 inches. Learning from the experiences I proportionally magnified it and the new Assyrian horn bow was born:with its 31 inches draw length it is still a popular and high performing horn bow nowadays.

This evolution resulted the laminated Assyrian as well. Development - apart from using modern materials - affected joining the siyahs and the limbs of the bow. The result was highlighted by Armin Hirmer among others and was also mentioned in customers' feedback. In addition to the beautiful and elegant form, the stored pre-tension in the bow became higher, the mass of the siyahs decreased, therefore the bow became very fast with minimum vibration. Modern material and insignificant changes in the construction resulted in an even longer maximum draw length.

I developed the following laminated bows: Assyrian, Hungarian, Scythian, Avar, Tartar, Turkish and the recently developed gracious Han, which also performed with excellent parameters on the tests and can be drawn to 34-35 inches.

I also create horn bows in the following models: Avar, Hun, Magyar, Scythian, Han, Manchu, Turkish, Tartar and Egyptian.

We are at the end of the experimental phase of the Traditional Take-Down bows, in other words: Trad-Down bows that are laminated fiberglass bows in traditional form. They are currently available in Arab, Turkish and Scythian models.

Quality and consistency in quality are very important for me. It is great, that so many, really excellent bow makers can be found in Hungary. Those bowyers abroad have to work real hard if they want to find market for their own bows. We wouldn't have thought that 10 years ago.

I think I am lucky to do what I like doing. Jackal Archery makes and ships bows to several parts of the world. By last year, my laminated and horn bows found the USA, South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Canada and British-Columbia. Although it is a great thing, I don't want it ot get to my head, and I would like to earn the trust of those who want to use my bows for recreation, tradition or competition.


Sarmatian laminated bow

Jackal Archery Sarmatian is a relatively new model, powerful bow with a long draw length. It was designed and built mainly for horse back archers, hence its grip is made to accomodate this style, and there are other minor changes as well. Lightweight and fast bow, easy to brace and handle - not only for horse back archers.


Scythian Trad-Down

The Jackal Scythian Take-Down is a traditional Scythian take-down bow. With shows and tournaments abroad, the need for easy to carry and pack equipment is growing, especially with the insane security measurements at some airports. Take-down bows are not new, but if you are into traditional archery, a traditional take-down, trad-down in other words, is what you are looking for.

The Scythian is a medium sized bow with its string length of 49 inches, but can easily be drawn to 31 inches. The limbs are smoothly and elegantly curved, easy to brace and unbrace and the structure of the limbs and siyahs make the bow hand shock and vibration free. Not as fast as the most modern, high performing, aggressive laminated bows, but its calmness what makes this bow accurate. Classic form meets modern comfort in this bow.


Akinji Turkish Trad-Down laminated bow

The Jackal Turkish Trad-Down is a Turkish style bow with a slightly modified grip to accommodate the bolt that provides smooth and stable position for the two separate parts of the bow. The grip is comfortable and solid, slightly influenced by the grip of Arab style bows. Yes, it is a take-down traditional bow! The idea is not new, only a combination of a reliable, fast and high performing traditional Jackal Archery Akinji bow and the concept of take-down bows. If you ever had difficulties while traveling to a competition, show or a practicing location, this bow is for you. It fits into your bag, quiver, even into your backpack. This bow introduced a wow factor into traditional bow making, check out the Wow factor video below.


Han laminated historical bow

A strongly recurved Asiatic style symmetric bow resembling a C-shape when unbraced.

History: Han dynasty started ruling 206 B.C. in the ancient China and ruled until 220 A. D. when the dynasty risked everything to purge xiongnus, who had been pillaging the Empire for centuries. This era was the golden age for the ancient China and warriors and hunters fought and hunted with bows of similar design.

One of the advantages of the Han bow is its long draw length, it shows excellent result above 30 inches; although its design allows the archer to perform at least at the level of other laminated historical bows with shorter (28 inches) draw length. It’s long siyahs ensure smoother draw than other bows with shorter siyahs (Turkish, Korean) therefore it is not only a high performing, fast bow, but also gives us a pleasant experience. Works with both Med and thumb releases.


Akinji / Short Turkish laminated bow

Akinji, or Akinci in Turkish means Raider, and was a name for the irregular troops (light cavalry) that prepared (disturbed, weakened and demoralized) the enemy in the Ottoman era. They usually preceded the Ottoman forces and continuously disturbed the enemy with their attacks. Their tactics included fast attack and retreat, often leading the enemy in pursuit into a deadly trap while annoying and urging them to continue chasing them by shooting their arrows backwards from horseback. They weren't regular, paid soldiers, they made a living of the pillaging after the battles. Their devastation and destruction was similar to a pack of golden jackals who attacked a farm killing all the cattle, sheep and poultry they could. Both the human and canine versions of them were called the same in Hungarian language: toportyán, or nádi farkas. Jackal Archery's master bowyer and founder, Nándi Farkas designed this bow based on Turkish elements.


Assyrian laminated historical bow

Lightweight and fast laminated bow, easy to brace and unbrace, perfect for even beginners, if you want to start with a high performing bow without some difficulties other bows come with. The Jackal Archery Assyrian can easily reach 200 fps with 10 grain per pounds arrows and proper release technique. The grip and the siyahs are made of ash, the limbs are wood and fiberglass.

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