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Dhanurveda & Focus

  1. Of course, Focus is a major form of both Archery and Dhanurveda, and one of the key supports of focus is commitment.

  2. And so one of the first steps of commitment on this Dhanurveda path is to have your own bow and arrows and gear and tools.

The Gear of Dhanurveda

  1. Summary of what gear you need:

  2. BASICS: Bow & Bow String & Arrows (12 arrows is good)

  3. VERY USEFUL: Finger Tabs & Arm Guard & Bow Stringer

  4. FOR INDEPENDENCE: You also need a target

  5. Note: No Compound Bows nor Bow Sights

  6. BOW / DHANU

  7. TYPE: Old World Traditional Bows Only

  8. DEFINITELY a simple ‘Stick Bow’ like in these pics

  9. No compound bows and no sights

  10. WEIGHT: 25 to 35 pounds  

  11. 25 is leisurely and you can hold a draw

  12. 35 still easy but it packs a little extra punch. 

  13. 45 is nice when you want to feel power

  14. 55 is great and has its lessons for sure

  15. LENGTH: 60 to 72 inches

  16. Shorter bows, 56-58, are better for hunting

  17. A slightly longer bow is more stable and graceful

  18. DRAW LENGTH: 30-32 most likely

  19. TILLER: Split Finger

  20. SIGHTS: Definitely No Sights

  21. STYLE: I definitely recommend a takedown bow so you can travel with it, else a one-piece can be very nice if it stays at home.  I am all about the following bows:

  22. Standard American Recurve like the classic Bear Bows of the 60s & 70s

  23. English Long bow

  24. Japanese ‘Zen’ Bows

  25. Hungarian Horse Bows

  26. Mongolian Horse Bows

  27. MAKER:  Black Widow Handmade is my choice, and they are expensive, but they give you an idea of a fine bow. 


  29. There are many Asian made inexpensive bows that work just fine like PSE

  30. http://pse-archery.com/


  32. I grew up on Bear Bows and Bear back then made incredible bows. At some point, like Mercedes, they went more commercial and many say the quality dropped.

  33. A most excellent bow from those days is the Bear Tamerlane but that is no longer made so you have to go to eBay to buy such gems.

  34. http://www.beararchery.com/bows/traditional


  36. This page gives you a visual comparing the Blackwidow models:  

  37. https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=15

  38. Of these models I like the tall riser of the PMA and feel it is more stable and accurate

  39. They all will be great though, at least the PMA, PCH and the PSA

  40. This is my Black Widow:

  41.  https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=104_59_131

  42. I also like this Black Widow: 

  43. https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=104_59_132&product_id=56

  44. You can get custom ‘skins’ on the bows:

  45.  https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=104_164&product_id=785

  46. If you don’t want to travel with the bow there are some gorgeous bows like the Tiger Myrtle: 

  47. https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=104_62&product_id=91

  48. And there is something old-skool about a longbow I that I like: 

  49. https://blackwidowbows.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=104_66&product_id=108


  51. Often it is eBay where you get the good bows these days!

  52. I shot this bow for years when I was growing up. Its a tough work-horse bow no doubt.  All my brothers shot it in fact.

  53.      http://www.beararcheryproducts.com/bows/traditional/take-down

  54. Other options for handmade bows (I know nothing of these companies) are:

  55.      http://www.stalkerstickbows.com/stock-bows/

  56.      http://www.bobleebows.net/takedownrecurves_longbows_best.html

  57. ~~~

  58. ARROWS: Carbon is great, Wood is classic

  59. I shoot GoldTip Carbon Arrows

  60. I recommend this arrow assuming 35# and 30 inch draw:  

  61. http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Tip-Expedition-Hunter-Arrows/dp/B001HAWO60/ref=pd_sim_sbs_sg_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=1PCKXZXXZ4K68848EH70

  62. This is what I shoot but then I put on custom 6 inch feathers: 

  63. http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Tip-Traditional-Hunter-Feathers/dp/B001F0I8GW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403468148&sr=8-1&keywords=gold+tip+500+arrows

  64. Growing up I shot Easton Arrows which are also good: 

  65. http://www.eastonarchery.com/products/arrows/material/carbon


  67. Use this chart to figure out the spine.  Too weak and the arrow wobbles, too strong and the bow can’t push it properly

  68. http://www.goldtip.com/arrowcontent.aspx?page=chart

  69. Assuming a 35# bow and a 30 inch draw you will likely shoot a 500 Spine

  70. ARROW TIP:

  71. Field Point or Target point

  72. I would get these: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Tip-EZ-Pull-Points-12-Pack/dp/B003DQZEZE/ref=pd_bxgy_sg_text_y

  73. ~~~


  75. You can buy targets all over but I really like the white ‘self-healing’ Polyethylene Foam targets, like the one I carry around

  76. I recommend getting them from this site:

  77.  http://www.foamforyou.com/polyethylene_foam.htm#archery target

  78. I would get a 24x24x2 if you want to move around (I have a 24x24x3 which I need for my 50# bow but 2 inches thick will be fine for a 35# bow)

  79. However, with a 48x48x2 you can take longer shots, you will loose fewer arrows, and beginners will be happier

  80. You can buy animal-shaped targets, but I don’t like them as I have shot and killed so many critters in my life, I am kind of ‘over-it’

  81. ~~~


  83. Of course, you got to get a good bow for them.

  84. Kailash used to shoot a PSE as do other friends, they are Chinese bows but still good.

  85. This may work for them: 

  86. http://pse-archery.com/c/heritage-recurve-bows_youth-recurves_razorback-jr

  87. Or maybe best is to go here and see what works: http://www.wildernessarchery.com/

  88. Wilderness Archery are a bunch of nice folks.  The owner is 3rd generation (his Grand Dad started it) and is super helpful.

  89. BITS & BOBS

  90. In order of importance the accessories would go like this:

  91. Finger Tabs

  92. Arm Guard

  93. Quiver

  94. Bow Stringer


  96. In NorCal: Wilderness Archery in Rocklin and Pacific Archery in Pacifica

  97. Amazon

  98. eBay for the oldskool bows!

Prashanti teaching Dhanurveda in Bohemia