Asian Robin Hood


[YouTube Clip]

Robin Hood is alive and well. Okay, so he got a little pudgy, and looks very Asian, but his archery skill is completely intact. (I think he just busted the Mythbusters!)


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Splitting an arrow with wood shafts is going to be extremely difficult because of the difficulty in getting a shaft with wood grain that is uniformly parallel to the shaft. Modern aluminum or fiberglass tubular shafts would make it much easier, as would bamboo shafts, which are already tubular in nature. Regardless of the shaft construction, though, the nock, which has to be sturdy enough to take the stress of shooting the arrow, would have to split cleanly in order that the second arrow not deflect -- you will note in the video that the arrow in the target has no visible nock; it is not clear whether it was shot without a proper nock so that the hollow center of the shaft remained unobstructed, or whether the nock on the first arrow was removed after it hit the target.
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