Author Topic: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?  (Read 405 times)

Offline AndyTurner

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Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« on: December 03, 2020, 04:47:24 AM »
The reason I ask is, string grooves are typically very shallow, say 2mm, if you then add a “string silencer pad” then IMO that pretty much fills in the groove anyway thus negating the effect of the string groove.

So are string grooves really necessary?

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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2020, 05:35:35 AM »
After my thinking I would say yes. If your limb alignment and shooting technique, release were 150 % perfect  probably not. Me certainly not and if that bowstring slams home a tiny bit off center it will drop into that grove.
Would be interesting to see a high speed film of it. I have no scientific proof to say this though.

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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2020, 07:08:11 AM »
I don't think grooves are necessary.  The string groove is AFAIK a 20th century invention, and they've been making recurves for something like 5000 years.  Some, but not all, of the wood-horn-sinew Scythian bows from 2500-300 years ago had short string grooves, but they also had nearly 270 degree semi-circular recurves which you can't get easily with modern materials.  Turkish crab- bows don't have string grooves.  Some ancient bows with foot long or longer contact (string-follow) siyahs had string pads added to the limbs but not gouged into them.
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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2020, 08:42:37 AM »
It depends. Some need them. Some don't. I've made recurves where the outer limbs where the string touches is practically round. They seem to like em.

I've never needed a 'string silencer pad' so can't speak to that.

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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2020, 09:10:55 AM »
Yes
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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2020, 01:39:05 PM »
What Bue said.
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Re: Are string grooves on a recurve really necessary?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2020, 04:46:52 PM »
If you add a pad over the string groove the string will still fall into the groove.
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