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I’ve seen all kinds of lengths recently advertised when shopping for KTA.
In the past I have always known to be one length 48”
This leads me to the question, what is the traditional length of the KTA? And does anybody have any references for a standard or general length?
I haven’t shot the KTA in the past few years. Is this some thing new?
Also-where did all of these bowyers come from?
Does YMG and SMG and Hwarang still around?
It really kind of depends upon the company. Generally, 48/49".
YMG and Hwarang (my company) are still around. SMG supposedly is, but I haven't seen much of them in some time.
geoarcher wrote: bluelake wrote:
I used it to open my video on horn bows over a quarter-century ago.
Is it possible to purchase your horn bow video from you somehow?
I stopped making DVD copies of it a couple of years ago when my DVD copier malfunctioned. Also, since the beginning of the pandemic, Korea has made shipping things out of Korea expensive and a bit more complicated...
Still, I'll think about it.
Although you can buy a YMG bow directly if you are in Korea, it would be difficult (not impossible) to buy one directly from outside of Korea. The people there don't speak English, which is the biggest hurdle.
The statue you referenced is at the tollgate of the city of Gyeongju, a city I lived in for many years. I used it to open my video on horn bows over a quarter-century ago. There really aren't any bows from the Three Kingdoms still in existence, so modern ideas about them come from drawings about the time period and artists' imaginations.
My Korean traditional archery book is available in print:
My son's book on KTA is also available in print:
None that I know of. I recommended it to a bowyer many years ago but nothing ever came of it that I know of...
Please welcome Geoarcher as a new moderator. I am often not here, so it's good to have sharp-eyed hands here to take care of things...
Sorry about the downtime. It seems like an inconsistency between program versions on the main domain and the subdomain caused it. Thank you Geoarcher for letting me know...
Sorry I've been absent for so long, guys. Regarding your question, there have been some papers on historical Korean archery; most are in Korean, but a few are in English. Look for papers by Kim Ki-hoon. He is a good friend of mine and he's written several such papers in English.
Sorry for not being around for so long. This past half-year has been extremely busy with work and family. I'll try to look in now and then...
First off I'm a new member and have been looking into Korean/Eastern archery for a bit, but really haven't taken the time to really learning. Long story short, I like shooting really heavy bows (I shoot warbows). I'm mainly interested in a strong Hwarang bow (from what I've read it seems to have divine powers), but if someone has a strong Manchurian bow, I'd be willing to take it off your hands. I live in the U.S.
I'm not planning on dedicating myself to learning the traditional shooting method as I can't figure it out with my lack of depth perception and other issues that I have. So while it might be blasphemy, I'd shoot it mediterranean with a thumbdraw. All kidding aside, I'd probably still give it a go (always thought it would work well for moving targets, pheasants, squirrels, rabbits, etc.)
I figure I'd apologize in advance if I broke some rules of early member postings or something along those lines.
No rules broken at all! Great to hear from all
Similar to that, but that is a thumb release device all on its own (they work well).
Mostly, I think it is just a matter of regular use...
I've done metal detecting here in Korea for about twenty years. I've found a couple iron arrow points (a friend of mine has found several).
There is an official Korean archery club in N.E. Check with Freddie Won for the current info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are these books currently available? Not much of an eReader.
Yes, they are still available. I don't currently have them in stock, but check with Freddie Won (email@example.com); he might have them right now...
Welcome! Although it's my forum, I don't get on here as often as I should...
Yep, Kaya are a POS bow. I bought one in December 2016 and had shot it twice. Went to use it today and it delaminated in the riser. Wrote to Kaya and 'Linda' gave me a 'velly solly too bad' reply...what a poor quality product and service ....a bow should last more that 2 shots!!!
Sorry to hear that, kaya1. Freddie pretty much moved on and started his own company (Freddie Archery), and manufactures his own bows now. You might like to give him a try...
I haven't been active in archery for a couple of years. Recently I have acquired an interest in cooking and carbon steel kitchen knives. Does anyone have experience with South Korean made carbon steel knives? I have found quite a few vendors selling on Ebay. Is the steel hard like Japanese white and blue steel?
Hmmm... I'm not sure. The only kitchen knives I have (here in Korea) are ones my wife's sister brought from Germany...
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