The Krackow Company

Eastern Europe

This section focuses on the western edge of the great Asian steppes. Some bows defy the geographical categories so our choices about where to place some of the bows may not fit yours.

Bows from Kassai


Kassai Lajos is the master bowyer and mounted archer who first standardized and promoted the discipline in Europe (Hungary) and then brought it to the United States in 1998. We are offering two basic styles of his many varieties of Hungarian-type bows.

Greyhound (formerly called the Ornamented Magyar or Sport)

This is probably the most noted and representative of the ancient Magyar or Hungarian designs dating back to he 800s A.D.



Hun

This bow is pictured in the Mounted Archery Section with David Gray shooting on horseback. It is a longer 60 inch bow of asymmetrical proportions (i.e. a long upper limb) and modern wood and fiberglass construction. It is Kassai’s favorite type of horseback archery bow.

Bows by Grozer


Grozer is another longstanding Hungarian bowyer making high quality bows. Among his many tribal designs Krackow offers the Turkish.

Turkish

This bow captures the relatively short (49 inches) compact beautiful flowing lines of the 18th Century Turkish bows. The siyahs are laminated with five pieces of contrasting wood and blend into the actual limb very gracefully. It is a great horsebow and would serve the brush hunter very well also. Fine trajectory, and little finger pinch for those wanted to shoot it with three fingers.



The Poles are well known for their fine leather work and these pieces are true to that reputation. Set off with hand worked brass medallions.

Works by Bisok


Jon and Adam Bisok’s workshop and show room are in the foothills of the Polish Tatra Mountains. They produce volumes of take-down bows for high school students in Poland and provide nice indigenous choices to their country and the international market.

Military Bow

Bisok developed this model for the current Polish movie With Fire and Sword based on the classic historic novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. The limb tips have been stiffened into siyahs, and a variety of flourishes have been added to limb and handle cover treatments. Glass back and belly. It is aesthetically very pleasing and an excellent shooter. Either canvas or leather wrapped limbs with brass limb collars, or unwrapped limbs with beautiful red leather handle. 51inches.

Bisok bow case and quiver

The Poles are well known for their fine leather work and these pieces are true to that reputation. Set off with hand worked brass medallions.

Books


Ottoman Turkish Bows: Manufacture and Design by Adam Karpowicz. Canada, 2008.

196 oversized pages of beautiful full color high resolution photographs of original and reproduction bows superbly decorated. Backed up with a text focusing on how to make them by one of the leading researchers and experimenters of this famous Turkish weapon. $47.00, includes shipping from Canada.

Turkish Archery and the Composite Bow by Paul Klopsteg

Originally 1934, Fourth Edition in 2001. Manchester, England: Manchester Museum and Simon Archery Foundation.The old definitive treasure up until the recent work by Karpowicz. Historic, and descriptive about making and shooting. There are technical portions being that the author was a physicist. $62.00.

Horseback Archery by Kassai Lajos, 2002. Hungary: Puski Kiado

Kassai’s story of the first modern resurrection of horseback archery, its standardization and promotion. $22.00.

Mounted Archers: The Beginnings of Central Asian History by Laszlo Torday, 1997.

Edinburgh: The Durham Academic Press. 447 pages, $47.50.





The New Penquin Atlas of Medieval History by Colin McEvedy

Clear graphic mapping of the movements of the horse-archers starting with the Scythians, then the Huns, Avars, Magyars, and the Mongols. $12.95, Canada $16.99, Australia $17.95.

Warriors of the Steppe, a Military History of Central Asia 500 B.C. to 1700 A.D. by Erik Hildinger, 1997.

Cambridge, Massachusetts: DeCapo Press. Paper, 260 pages. This excellent book belongs in both this section on Eastern Europe as well as in the Asian section. All of these tribes originated in the east and migrated into the west. $17.50.

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Originally 1971, reissued in 1991. An intriguing youth adventure about archery in the Holy Land at the time of Christ. Paper, a Newberry Award winner, $5.56.