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  • n. The front, projecting part of an object, especially of an arrow or other projectile, on which the tip is attached

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of hard wood, bone, ivory, or the like, at the front end of an arrow, to give weight and to serve for the attachment of the head.


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  • A mark A formed handle without a guard Rare short and heavy pointed We long to touch the hidden parts The foreshaft is the same barbed Watch for the additional impulse

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  • The foreshaft was made of heavier wood, frequently mountain mahogany.

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  • Japanese bamboo five-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, having a foreshaft of birch the same diameter and four inches long.

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  • The larger end was now bound with a buckskin thong and drilled out for the depth of an inch and a half to receive the end of the foreshaft.

    Hunting with the Bow and Arrow

  • Drawn to the full length of an arrow, which was about twenty-six inches, exclusive of the foreshaft, his bow bent in a perfect arc slightly flattened at the handle.

    Hunting with the Bow and Arrow

  • All of the joints or areas on the shaft, foreshaft, and fletching that could spilt have to be reinforced with cordage or animal sinew.

  • Once assembled, the foreshaft is jammed into a joint or hole on the "front" end of the shaft (opposite the fletching).

  • This replacement technology allows for the need to make and carry only a few shafts, which are labor intensive to make, while having multiple foreshaft sections to reload with.

  • The foreshaft (made of a short 3-4 inch piece of shaped hard wood) is attached to the stone or metal point with glue (or tree sap) and sinew.

  • The other benefit of the foreshaft is that upon impact with the prey, it separates from the shaft leaving the sharp metal or stone point and 3 or so inches of foreshaft embedded where it causes massive internal bleeding as the prey's muscles contract and expand while running.


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