Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Top-hat adapter for wood arrows.

Messages posted to thread:
Boker 06-Dec-21
Nemophilist 06-Dec-21
fdp 06-Dec-21
Corax_latrans 06-Dec-21
Brian waters 07-Dec-21
Jon Stewart 07-Dec-21
Jon Stewart 07-Dec-21
Jim 07-Dec-21
George D. Stout 07-Dec-21
Okiecntry 07-Dec-21
Okiecntry 07-Dec-21
Okiecntry 07-Dec-21
M60gunner 07-Dec-21
Boker 07-Dec-21
Nemophilist 07-Dec-21
From: Boker
Date: 06-Dec-21

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While looking for info on another topic today. i stumbled upon this pic in a 1971 Bear archery catalog.

I had spoke with a couple traditional archery guys that had a negative opinion of the tophat adapters a few months back. Their issue was it didn't look traditional on a wood arrow.

I have used them before and had no issues except for the shiny finish.

But honestly i didn’t realize these were used in the early 70’s myself.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 06-Dec-21




I still have a few of them. I had them on a few of my cedar arrows so I could use the screw-in blunt style points that I had to use to shoot the D.A.R.T. Video System.

From: fdp
Date: 06-Dec-21




Yep been around for a long time. I can remember my dad and his friends using them. The last I recall them ordering came from FS Discount Arrows.

Traditional ain't what lots of folks think.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 06-Dec-21




Weren’t those tapered to glue on like a regular point? I used to have a few flu-flus set up with those…

But Top-Hat just threads onto a wood shaft, right? Seems like a different principle, but also a pretty meaningless distinction, when you get down to it…

JMO, there’s nothing more “traditional” than making things work to serve a purpose, which is just what those did….

From: Brian waters
Date: 07-Dec-21




Ive used them. I prefer screw in bh's and blunts. Works great.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 07-Dec-21

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We sold them back in the 60's. Here 2 different styles. One crimp on and one glue on. Both are straight wall no inside taper.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 07-Dec-21

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If the "trad nards" are upset over the wood shaft adaptors they would really be upset with my stone point adaptors for stone points to be used with carbon arrows,lol

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-21




I don't have any problem with Top-Hat adapters except their price.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 07-Dec-21




The "Trad" movement worries about what they look like more than anything else. It really has nothing to do with reality that is or was. Far from it.

From: Okiecntry
Date: 07-Dec-21

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It is kind of funny that you bring this up. A couple weeks back I was able to pick up some Bear arrows with WACA (wooden arrow converta-adapter) points. They came with three each of screw-in razorheads, blunts, and field points. One box is complete and one box has some points removed but arrows still under wrapper. I'm torn between using them and keeping as collectors. Also got a box with misc arrows including some Bear with glue on razorheads. Also got some old paper Ben Pearson targets in the deal. Estate sales rock! I'm probably going to use the box that had been opened and points removed and keep the one box intact.

From: Okiecntry
Date: 07-Dec-21

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From: Okiecntry
Date: 07-Dec-21

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From: M60gunner
Date: 07-Dec-21




What George said X2. As for the adapators I still have a couple I bought wayyyyyyy back when. I also have some of the Top Hat ones. Yes, the Top Hat variety requires special tools to install and they are more money but it’s a good product over all. I was fortunate to receive my tools and some of these convert adapators with a couple doz points as a Christmas gift. I have since bought more points and intend to buy more.

From: Boker
Date: 07-Dec-21




Wow love those Bear arrows. Anyway i agree with all that has been stated. I am probably going to order some for my next arrow build. For one thing makes it easier to tune with different point weights and you can swap out points as needed for different task. Not a big deal but according to the catalog that was the thought behind the originals as well.

As stated i just didn’t care for the Flashiness of the silver finish.

My last set i painted black, wasn’t sure it hold up with daily target practice be did well. I may paint next set green to match bear razorheads.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 07-Dec-21

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Okiecntry that's nice that you have them original vintage Bear arrows still in the box. I have quite a few but they're not in the original box.





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