Reviewed By Andy , 21 March 2010
I originally reviewed this bow last year, however it's taken me a few months to get the bow back from the current owner for some pictures. So to celebrate here it is in all his glory and an update to the review.
There are plenty of bows out there to choose from, from small custom bowyers right up to huge Korean conglomerates making many thousands of bows a year. All of them have their plus points and often it comes down to personal preference on what you choose to shoot. However whenever there is a discussion on the fastest bows around only a handful of those many bows and bowyers come up time and again, often on the very edge of bow making technology they are doing something slightly different from the rest and that filters down to form a well known reputation for quality and speed, while other bowyers produce great bows, these few produce something exceptional. Read the various archery forums and these names will become familiar to you, mentioned again and again. It has been my extreme pleasure and luck to own many of these bows over the years, while many people consider it hype having used these bows I can assure you that the reputations are well deserved indeed. In all honesty there is far more to success in archery than just a great bow, but having one as part of that holy trinity of bow, arrow and great form will do wonders for your shooting or hunting success.
One bow which falls firmly in to that category is the Black Swan, if anything it doesn't get as many mentions in such conversations as it should in my opinion, mainly due to it's looks which I will detail a little later on, but in terms of performance it is right up there with the best of them. I'm from a technical background and while I love the natural and primitive elements of archery I have also been a huge advocate of the more technical aspects of archery, scratch the surface and archery becomes a stunning exercise in mathematics and physics and I can spend hours messing around with different combinations of arrow spine, strike plates and anything else to find that elusive perfect combination. This is where the Black Swan fits in as the bowyer, Arvid Danielson, is from an engineering background and that comes across very strongly in the construction and look of the bows.
I wanted to try a Black Swan for some time and was eventually able to track one down, you don't see that many for sale which is often a good sign as people tend to want to keep hold of them. Black Swan offer a number of different configurations based around a central set of limbs, Longbow, Hybrid and Recurve, these can then be placed on a wood or aluminium alloy riser, either front or belly mounted. The limb fit can be the standard two bolt lockdown system, ILF, DAS or Black Swan ATS (adjustable tilering system). The bow I managed to get my hands on was far more traditional looking than some of the configurations, it has front mounted longbow limbs on the metal riser. Even though I said it was more traditional the bow looks extremely space aged, the riser is finished with a baked on powder coat which gives it a non-gloss finish which is very hard wearing, in fact even though this bow was 6 months old it looked totally brand new. The riser is very thin, if anything a little too thin for my liking but it felt good in the hand and during the shot, it is cut to centre but the arrow shelf is not very wide to keep in with the over all look and feel of the bow.
|Features & Design|
|Futuristic is the word, looks like it is made out of mars rock giving it a space age feel.|
|Simply stunning, up there with the best bows in the world. The Hybrid limbs giving the longbow feel with recurve like performance.|
|Value for Money|
|Not cheap at $950 but worth every penny.|
|A bow with a reputation which it richly deserves, simply brilliant.|
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