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Offline Ryzenbow

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Howatt Diablo?
« on: May 31, 2019, 05:58:01 PM »
Hi, I've been trying to figure out exactly what this bow is and google isn't giving me many answers.  I just made an account here to see if any of you may know.
I can't find anything about a "Diablo," all I can find is the Super Diablo.  Anybody have an idea?

Online Mikenmn

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Re: Howatt Diablo?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 09:49:59 PM »
Check out this site and click on the "1964 Howatt Catalog"

http://www.vintagearchery.org/catalogs-by-year.html

Mike

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Re: Howatt Diablo?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 10:26:36 AM »
Chris ,
  I have a knife edge Diablo as well just like it that was gifted to me by 1/4 Away a member here when I turned 50 years old and I'll be 56 this year.
  My understanding it was made in 1963 and being a knife edge (the curve in face of sight window) as bow face's you is something many want as a collector .
  They stopped putting the knife edge on to save time on shaping as memory serves me correctly?
  I asked Larry Hatfield that question myself and I "think" that was what he said?
  Anyway here's mine with a few other Howatt's so enjoy that bow cause they don't make that style anymore and it has rosewood in it.By the way Diablo means "devil" cause it is a speed demon .

Offline Gerald Denley

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Re: Howatt Diablo?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 02:09:43 PM »
Ryzenbow:

Your Diablo is a mid-1961 model.

The knife edge was made with a round rasp and was produced in 1961 and 1962.. By 1963 the belly of the riser was square as they were using more machines to shape the riser. Some Diablo's did have the knife edge that year, but the serial letters indicate yours is a 1961.

The first number in the serial digits means nothing in determining the year until 1972.
Peter

Offline Gerald Denley

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Re: Howatt Diablo?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 03:02:37 PM »
As to what it is, the first model type of Diablo was made in 1958-1959. In 1960 it became a hand-forward design with a less complex riser than yours.

In 1961 it changed to the design that you have and that model was made until 1963. The Diablo was dropped in 1964 because they made the Hi-Speed in the same lengths as the Diablo, 54" and 58".

In 1966 the Super Diablo premiered in the 60" length. It was produced until 1998.
Peter

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