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ARMOUR PIERCING TEST ETELON LONGBOWS-DEMONSTRATION VIDEO.wmv

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armour piercing 2mm thick steel with my hand forged lozenged shaped bodkin

very nice, I made some videos of my own, with a bow quarter of the size killing the same metal, though medieval metal was far thicker  and design to deflect almost all blows... longbow is already proven not to be able to kill the man wearing the armor, but pierce and injure yes
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it was nice of the English kings to take a those archers to france for a holiday, or didn't he know that they would be useless. pity you know all know now'ts were not around to tell them 
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I was hoping it was wrought, iron as it is very hard to get hold of, but going off the date it was produced it is more likely to be steel. Metallurgical tests on armour showed that they were both iron and steel within the same piece, the process was imperfect. They used wrought iron then heated it and added carbon to produce a type of steel that was imperfect contained slag, nothing like the steel we use today.
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but a lot of those arrows took out the knights horses and that was a key facture in the battle
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Aye mate, what you want is a sharper point, (may I ask if it was case hardened? If not this is important and will keep it sharp) also I would strongly suggest putting something like dried beans behind the steel as when it hangs by it self with no body like pressure behind it (dried beans work well as it's shock absorption is much like that of a body) it absorbs and deflects the pressure with free movement much like the way you would give say a harder punch to your hand if a wall backed it.....
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Haha great vid, love your longbow. Liked the bit when you dropped the arrow " Ahhh Sh!t " Sorry to hear about the tumor on your spine though, mate :(
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the long bow was effictuve at 300 yards and armor piercing at 200 i dont think the knights could have thrown there pikes that far
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so how much pounds your bow got i penetrate 1and 2 mm i think with a 75 lbs bow
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@irmo1978 Your right about this type of bodkin does not work well against soft material on the other hand I'm not very strong due to a tumor on my spine my bow is not the highest poundage but can still punch big holes in 2mm plate using a bit of common sense a lifetime metal working and the Knowledge of several generations of blacksmiths (treacle) behind me. Thats what metal workers do spend a lot of time punching holes in metal its not difficult you just need the right tools for the job.
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Very nice bow, and good shooting :) I have to say though that it looks like rather soft steel to me, not really comparable to the tempered steel used for armour during the 1400's :-) The Battlefield Detectives did a nice test shooting a bodkin point arrow at the speed of a 150 lb draw longbow against a 2mm tempered steel breast plate (Milanese), and only managed to dent it.
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rather than air. I was also wondering the draw weight of your bow. Good on ya and cheers,
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Effective at 300 yards? Armor piercing at 200? You might be thinking of big crossbows like arbalests, which had nearly ten times the 'draw' weight of bows. Arrows fired from a longbow would have a hard time penetrating armour. The reason longbows were effective in the English armies is because of the sheer volume of fire that was possible. But one arrow? Not gonna do much.
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I have tried various angles of point and a very sharp but less wedge shape seems to seem to work better on harder and thicker materials, like a punch used to pierce metals they are 90 degrees but very sharp. On thinner more mailable steels a more pointed bodkin seems to work better, as this type would dent it absorbing all the energy so paradoxically it will penetrate thick steel but only dent thinner steels. The bodkin was case hardened, The bow was between 80lbs and 90 lbs at 32"
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Superb work my friend. You've made a fine plate-cutter arrowhead there! What strength of longbow were you using? 60 lb? 80 lb?
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@irmo1978 The first arrow would of really given a knight a bad day! That would of gone through his jaubon...
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thanks for your video i thought it was really good and the bow looks amazing
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armour piercing 2mm thick steel with my hand forged lozenged shaped bodkin just change it in armour piercing 2mm thick iron with my hand forged lozenged shaped bodkin its not good when u dont speak true to people who really like primitive bows
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@TheMarshal1992 dont worry it was removed but left some nerve damage thanks for your reply
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I agree, I left a similar comment on somebody else's armour piercing video. The bodkin used tapers back to the feral. there are two ways to allow the arrow to pass through, increase the widest point of bodkin to over 0.5" or barrel the shaft to less than 3/8". i have thought about it, but been too busy building long bows for customers.
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I remember a documentary where they said that the widest part of the arrowhead was the widest part of the entire arrow, so that the rest of the arrow would easily slip threw the hole that was made... increasing the damage done to the body.
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