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Postby Steve Milbocker » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:40 am

Anybody ever seen one of these? Pretty radical for the day.

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Re: Diamond

Postby Bill Grenoble » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:09 am

Yes, I shot Merrywood Diamonds for field competition back in the early 60s. They were among the fastest recurves back then. Problem was, I had to have 3 to keep shooting them because they broke quickly. Merrywood gave me a shooter's discount to keep 3 of them. I still have two 68" Diamonds. One I have repaired and shoot occasionally, the other hangs in my garage with the one limb snapped off 4" from the tip, which was common. When they stopped repairing them, I went to shooting Colt Firearms ( Wing) bows, and became a dealer for them. Bill
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Re: Diamond

Postby KODIAK » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:52 am

I don't see a pic? :D
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Re: Diamond

Postby Steve Milbocker » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:02 am

Man I'm a real ace with the pics ain't I ? Too much work getting in the way of my surfing :lol:
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Re: Diamond

Postby Bill Grenoble » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:21 am

Now where's my spy camera? My wife borrowed it, I will take a couple soon. BG
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Re: Diamond

Postby KODIAK » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:24 am

Very snakey lookin' riser. I like it. :D
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Re: Diamond

Postby Bill Grenoble » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:11 pm

Rainy dark day, and a couple of my workshop lights are out, but here goes. My Diamond. I shot two arrows at 9 yards in my shop today, and both hit tight together at the bottom center of a 1" dot, it still shoots.BG
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Re: Diamond

Postby Bill Grenoble » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:16 pm

The last 5 inches of the limb tip lams before it gets to the wood overlays, taper down to under 1/16" thick total, which accounts for the full working recurve, and also the breakage. I would shoot the bow in competition today, except it would probably break at some point.

I think the bow could be built today to hold together with our better materials, and make a really nice curve. If anybody wants to copy it, and is capable, I'll send it out. Bill

These bows in the 60s cost me $62 each. :mrgreen:
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