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2018: The AeroWeave™ Series

 

A long time awaited, the AeroWeave™ Series is Firenock's unique take on the arrow.  Designed like all Firenock products, every aspect of AeroWeave has been optimized such as spine, weight and strength.  To comprehend how we exactly "optimized" today's carbon arrow, it is important to start at the beginning...

 

Carbon arrow-making.  What exactly makes a carbon arrow different from another?  In most cases, one thinks of diameter, ID or OD, etc.  In reality however, the main difference between arrows is unseen, in how the carbon fibers manipulated during the arrow-making process.

In the following sections, we aim to help you fully comprehend how arrows have been built over the years.  As aforementioned in the introduction, we are beginning at the beginning, with how carbon arrows and their fibers were originally laid/woven.  Note that, for this breakdown, we are assuming every lay is about the same weight.

 
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GEN 1

 

As you can see in the diagram above, the carbon fibers during the arrow production process have been linearly set and then rolled.  This method, although indeed simple, does have benefits.  Very light, these arrows will also have a very strong, very defined spine.

Before continuing to the cons of this construction, it is important to clarify the three measures Firenock uses to test the quality of an arrow: loop strength, torque strength, and torsion strength.  Loop strength, simply put, is how much resistance an arrow has to direct compression.  Torque and torsion strength, note, are connected; both have to do with how much resistance an arrow has to being bent.  The difference between them lies in the number of axes the arrow is being bent on (i.e. one axis = torque strength, two or more axes = torsion strength).

Thus, via these three defined measures, this process falls short.  Due to the linear nature of its fibers, there is strength, but only on one particular direction -- the one in which it was rolled.

To this generation of arrow production.

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The main issue mentioned in the first generation of arrows was how limited the aspect of the fibers were.  Though this feature was actually what gave it its few pros (solidity/rigidity = strong spine), the cons truly outweighed its pros so arrow manufacturing companies quickly adopted this next lay.  This lay is called a cross-directional or helix wrap.  Though its spine is not as strong or as light as the original, it actually has some loop strength and torque strength.  There are still issues, however.  As its name implies, this construction is based on a cross -- something with only two (maybe three if one part of the lay is uneven) -- directions.  As the chance for a hit from any angle is always possible in the world of archery, two or three angles is still definitely not enough. Hover over the image below to discover more about today's standard arrow construction.

 
  GEN 2.1  This is another example of an arrow that is made today.  A combination of the fiber lay of the original and previous constructions, this wrap's spine and loop strength sit between the two.  Its benefit, however, lies in its weight. Due to the majority of the fibers being laid linearly, the main advantage of this design is its light weight.

GEN 2.1 This is another example of an arrow that is made today.  A combination of the fiber lay of the original and previous constructions, this wrap's spine and loop strength sit between the two.  Its benefit, however, lies in its weight. Due to the majority of the fibers being laid linearly, the main advantage of this design is its light weight.

 

Firenock AeroWeave Series Arrow Shafts

And, finally, to our arrow construction.  First off, as you might of noticed, this diagram is much longer than the others.  This distinction was done purposely.  See, the pre-preginated carbon fibers used are of a different "class" or grade.  Standard arrows use 2k or 2.5k carbon.  Our arrows, on the other hand, are made from a special ultra-thin 3.5k carbon.  To give you an idea what the difference between these two fibers is, here are some numbers.  2k/2.5k carbon has a thickness of about 0.1mm.  Our specially formulated 3.5k carbon, however, has a thickness of 0.02mm -- a fifth of standard.  And although our fibers are much thinner, they still, in fact, weigh the same and do not sacrifice any strength.  How you may ask?  Thinner carbon = more carbon = more lay to manipulate.

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The Weave

Our construction has consists of a large linear lay for spine strength but its most unique (patent pending) and significant feature is its weave.  Again, due to the harsh environment of archery, strength at every axis is crucial.  We achieve loop, torque, and torsion strength via our weave.  How? Well, look closely at our wrap.  Three of its four sections look like small squares or diamonds (i.e squares tilted 45 degrees).  These "squares" and "diamonds" are representative of our weave pattern.  This pattern, as it's turned and and laid on top of itself (as will happen during the rolling of the carbon fibers) even more, infinitely more axes will be protected.

But, of course, as many Firenock products go, we did not stop there.  Note the right image.  This is an example of what most other weaves on the market look like.  Do you see the difference between the two?  The standard weave has a ratio of 2:1 (or sometimes even 3:1) and our weave has a ratio of 1:1 (i.e. squares and diamonds; see left image).  Our method ensures no gaps and truly balanced strength from all sides. What do you think?

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Note : Firenock AeroWeasve246/300 shafts do not come with any arrow components.  AeroWeave246, however, still accepts any standard 0.246" ID components like AIA24A/S, AIH24A/S with CTI240, or a Firenock "S" style nock.  AeroWeave300, too, still accepts any standard 0.300" ID components like AIA30A/B/S, AIH30A/B/S with CTI300, AIH3GS & AIH3LA/B/C/S with CTI30L, or Firenock "C"/"D2"/"J"/"Q"/"V"/"U" style nocks.