ANST - Cost of modifying arrows

Charlie Ribron II landf at
Wed Apr 18 22:20:26 PDT 2001

I just want to had to this the one thing everyone has said is that what ever
comes down we will comply so we can have what we call fun. I will say this
though wasn't it a whole lot less in the earlier days of the SCA (and I know
that there is people in the SCA that's been here longer then my 20+ years
[not all in one kingdom]).
-----Original Message-----
From: Wilim Penbras <wilim.penbras at>
To: ansteorra at <ansteorra at>
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 11:48 AM
Subject: Re: ANST - Cost of modifying arrows

>Just a quick note to let non-combat archers know that the cost of producing
arrows for war, depending on the solution implemented, would be anywhere
from $.50 to $1.00 extra each.  The cost would go from roughly $1.50 a piece
to to $2.00 or $2.50.  I'd very quickly get to the point where I could buy a
new helm every war for the increased cost of arrows.  It is quite frankly
cheaper for me to figure out and pay for, a one time solution for every
fighter in my Region than to spend the rest of my time in the SCA spending
30% more on new arrows than I have to.  Arrows are consumables.  This is an
ongoing expense the same as Rattan swords.  What if you were told you could
only use siloflex swords.  All of a sudden all swords have to be changed and
you have to spend more on each one.  Picture what it would be like if you
had several dozen swords and each war you pulped out a dozen or so.  That's
what the combat archers are being asked to do by the heavy community.
>     I'll comply with whatever modifications are placed on us and I'm
actively involved in testing new designs that can be done cheaply and
easily, but please don't tell me modifying my arrows from now on is cheaper
than a one time fix to Helms.  Fix the ones in place and any new ones that
are made would have to comply with the standard.  You might have to buy new
Lexan or whatever but how often and how expensive would that be?
>That being said, I am realistic and know that regardless of relative cost,
if 10,000 heavy fighters don't want to change, they're not going to change.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and all that jazz.
>In Service,
>     Wilim Penbras
>     Archer and Heavy Fighter, Arthurian Company
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