Saturday, 25 June 2016

Advanced hip quiver

Serious archery, requires serious investment in equipment. If you are only trying it out, even a pair of old jeans can be converted easily.

I myself needed something better. Inspired by a hungarian horse archer master, I designed myself a new, high capacity hip quiver from proper leather.

 It works remarkably well and I am quite happy with the results. It can hold a large amount of larp arrows(currently loaded with 15 but there is room for more) which suits me perfectly. Loaded with normal arrows it could probably hold almost 100 max.


Alas, making it won't be possible with just duct tape, good will and whatever you found in the attic. 
I used 4mm moderately hard leather and I recommend the same. Its expensive BUT if there is a leather workshop nearby you can buy leftovers and then combine them into big pieces like I did. 
You will also need something to cut the leather good, a simple home scissors will break/blunt itself, although you can, if you combine it with a sharp knife. Rivets or very strong thread is necessary too. Hole punchers for the leather - either hand punch or hammer punches, whatever you can find. I have a hand punch and I decided on rivets for extra durability.


 The top of the quiver has to be wide. That's where the belt passes through and since its a wide connection, you don't have to tie it to your hip - it stays put while you move around.
The quiver itself must be flat, and roughly 60-70 sm long. Mine is 67sm long. You can make it as wide and with as many arrow slits as it fits you.

 Since the quiver is flat, the arrows have a hard time falling out. Its not impossible, but gravity alone is not enough. Here I am holding it upside down with no effect. Needs a good shake up for them to start dropping.