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An aerodynamically sound, correctly proportioned fire cage arrowhead. A fraction less than 1cm wide at the base, and roughly 11cm long and 2.7cm at its widest point. This arrowhead has been traditionally manufactured (hand forged) with hammer, tongs and anvil. A medieval archer from 700 years ago would find this fire cage arrowhead totally unremarkable! --- This type of arrowhead acts as a cage for holding flammable materials. These materials were commonly cloth, wood shavings and/or dried grass, usually soaked in oil. Once ignited, the arrow was used to set ablaze various targets from a distance, such as wooden structures, tent encampments, straw roofs, forests, etc.. It was an arrowhead used for sneak attacks and seiges rather than for formal battles.
This is the granddaddy of the small incendiary bombs of World War Two. The advantage to using fire cage (or fire basket) arrowheads as opposed to simply wrapping a normal arrowhead in flammable material is that the arrowhead can hold more, is more aerodynamic, and can be retrieved, as they will not penetrate into anything more than a couple of centimetres. This lack of penetration though, renders them useless for any purpose other than fire starting. The spiral design was favoured as it held the incendiary material more firmly whilst in flight. The widest point between the bars being just over one centimetre. --- Even if archery is not your thing, this is still a great addition for any weapon collection, and makes a first class conversation piece! Give your dinner guests twenty guesses as to what it is.
Fine work, I'm impressed. No complaints at all, it is a beautiful piece. I haven't tested it yet but it is sharp and straight. Buy more than one. It makes a unique gift for children into archery. Jay P on 18th Sep 2016
beautifly made arrowhead, will be making future purchases Unknown on 2nd Jun 2015
It's slightly smaller than the image may lead to thinking, however it's still a decent size for an arrowhead. Simple item well made. Unknown on 30th Mar 2015
this arrow head is awsome. And solidly built. I recommend anyone that wants to start a controlled bonfire at home with a twist use this. Unknown on 4th Mar 2015