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So, does your bow have a name?

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tradslinger 17-Sep-22
Rick Barbee 17-Sep-22
Scoop 17-Sep-22
White Falcon 17-Sep-22
M60gunner 17-Sep-22
HEXX 17-Sep-22
Jeff Durnell 17-Sep-22
Reb 17-Sep-22
the Black Spot 17-Sep-22
Matt M 17-Sep-22
bodymanbowyer 17-Sep-22
Phil Magistro 17-Sep-22
George Tsoukalas 17-Sep-22
Poppy 17-Sep-22
pdk25 17-Sep-22
Buckdancer 17-Sep-22
Mike Mecredy 17-Sep-22
Nemophilist 17-Sep-22
Desperado 17-Sep-22
jdbbowhunter 17-Sep-22
arrowchucker 17-Sep-22
Saxbow 17-Sep-22
fdp 17-Sep-22
Widow sax 17-Sep-22
Saxbow 18-Sep-22
sagebrush 18-Sep-22
Frisky 18-Sep-22
BenMaher 18-Sep-22
JusPassin 18-Sep-22
Supernaut 18-Sep-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 18-Sep-22
Dry Bones 18-Sep-22
PECO2 18-Sep-22
Lenny 18-Sep-22
Buzz 18-Sep-22
Briar 18-Sep-22
cut it out 18-Sep-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 18-Sep-22
Juancho 18-Sep-22
crookedstix 18-Sep-22
MattS 18-Sep-22
Babysaph 18-Sep-22
Will tell 18-Sep-22
soldier 18-Sep-22
Buckdancer 18-Sep-22
smokin joe 18-Sep-22
bustedarrow2 18-Sep-22
David Mitchell 18-Sep-22
Andy Man 18-Sep-22
Bill Rickvalsky 18-Sep-22
Jeff Durnell 18-Sep-22
Ishi 18-Sep-22
Wudstix 18-Sep-22
Red Beastmaster 18-Sep-22
redquebec 19-Sep-22
Aeronut 19-Sep-22
4FINGER 22-Sep-22
heftyhunter 22-Sep-22
George D. Stout 22-Sep-22
nocking point 22-Sep-22
manybows 22-Sep-22
Ross 22-Sep-22
Tethered Falcon 22-Sep-22
Saxbow 27-Sep-22
Tundra 28-Sep-22
Bjrogg 28-Sep-22
blind squirrel 28-Sep-22
B.T. 29-Sep-22
Jarhead 29-Sep-22
timex 29-Sep-22
charley 29-Sep-22
Danielb 29-Sep-22
Krag 29-Sep-22
mangonboat 30-Sep-22
Jason316 30-Sep-22
joe vt 30-Sep-22
Tim Finley 30-Sep-22
Matt R 30-Sep-22
Jeff Durnell 01-Oct-22
From: tradslinger
Date: 17-Sep-22

I grew up giving my weapons a name, it was what my uncles and grandfather did. I had an old Martin that I had called "Bad News", a longbow years ago that I called "Quiet Death." My 40 # Bendy bow shot so well when I first made it last year that I inscribed on it "Deer Slayer." Now it has to live up to it's name but I am sure that it will. Back in the 70's I had given one of my uncles a 58 cal Musket to deer hunt with and he called it "Thumper" because it thumped at both ends. He gave it back to me earlier this year with 14 furniture tacks in the main stock, each one for a buck killed with it. It is a very cherished item and on the wall for all to see. Jerry

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 17-Sep-22

I usually don't name them, but my old heavy draw Martin Firecat is named "Monster Shooter" (Monster for short), and my new Backwoods Composites ILF is named "Werewolf".

All the others are just called "This Bow", or "That Bow".


From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 17-Sep-22

Named some of the kids, a few cats, all the dogs, and a passel of horses, but never a bow. Not that I'm not passionate about my longbows, but I just call them by the bowyer's or company name.

From: White Falcon
Date: 17-Sep-22

No, but George has one.

From: M60gunner
Date: 17-Sep-22

Just one, my new long bow, “Semper Fi”

From: HEXX
Date: 17-Sep-22

Yes ! " Widow ". It says so on the bottom limb.

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 17-Sep-22

Yep, every one of my selfbows & backed bows, and most of the glass bows I've made. Usually a name comes to me while I'm making them... it's easy, they sort of name themselves.

From: Reb
Date: 17-Sep-22


From: the Black Spot
Date: 17-Sep-22

Mine was already named … cheetah

From: Matt M
Date: 17-Sep-22

Here lately I should probably be calling mine “the dust collectors”

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 17-Sep-22


From: Phil Magistro
Date: 17-Sep-22

I was talking about bow names with Fred Anderson a while back and his comment was “Lightning”… because it never hits the same place twice.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 17-Sep-22

Yes, I name the bows I make. Jawge

From: Poppy
Date: 17-Sep-22

Just one, my Eaglewing Tallon, Sallybeth, just because.

From: pdk25
Date: 17-Sep-22

Just one. My most productive TallTines Stickflinger is called ‘Ugly Mango’.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 17-Sep-22

Bloody Mary and sweet girl

From: Mike Mecredy
Date: 17-Sep-22

mine does, but it can't talk, so it can't tell me what it is

From: Nemophilist
Date: 17-Sep-22

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All eighteen of mine already had names. Polar, Kodiak, Super Kodiak, Grizzly, Kodiak Takedown, Hunter Takedown, Green Fox, Super Magnum, and Frankenbow.

From: Desperado
Date: 17-Sep-22

Of all my Black Widows & Shrew my most often used is "Genesis" from Genesis 27:3 Trad Buds...Whitie

From: jdbbowhunter
Date: 17-Sep-22

Nope may have come with a model name, but don't name them.

From: arrowchucker
Date: 17-Sep-22

John McDonald of Big River Bows made me a black and white longbow. I told him I wanted it to look like a zebra.

It was perfect when I got it.

Then I seen where he had wrote” The Skunk Bow”

That’s was John. Arrowchucker

From: Saxbow
Date: 17-Sep-22

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My newest is a Gary Sentman that looks brand new with the exception of the vertical streaks in the fiberglass. Because of the numerous streaks I call it "Lightening". It's fast and accurate!

From: fdp
Date: 17-Sep-22


From: Widow sax
Date: 17-Sep-22

No! Widow

From: Saxbow
Date: 18-Sep-22

My 7 lakes longbow, bamboo limbs front and back, I call it "BamBam".

From: sagebrush
Date: 18-Sep-22

Down to 35lb now,call them weaklings, oh that's me not the bows,yes name them all

From: Frisky
Date: 18-Sep-22

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My bow's name is Amigo. It is my friend!


From: BenMaher
Date: 18-Sep-22

All my bows get named ….

Lil Longshot , Rogue , Hood, Scoundrel, Wolfshead, Hoods Breath, Wishsong, Sherwood, Billy, Dancer, Laughing Boy, RedLad, Mirkwood Mist

It goes on and on …..

From: JusPassin
Date: 18-Sep-22

Heavens no, never.

From: Supernaut
Date: 18-Sep-22

Never named a bow. I don't see anything wrong with it, I just never did.

Never named any of my Harleys either but I rode with fellas that did.

I like banana spilts. Not everyone likes banana splits. I'm cool with that. Do your thing and I'll do mine.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 18-Sep-22

My old Schafer is named "Arnold" as in the terminator :)

My new one made of Rosewood -"Rosie"- As in whole lotta Rosie from ACDC song :)

Yeah I know they are corny but don't care!

From: Dry Bones
Date: 18-Sep-22

I usually call them by the Bowyer, or brand.


From: PECO2
Date: 18-Sep-22

I used to call my Browning Wasp the Rabbit Stick because I used it to hunt rabbits. I call my Sage the cheap bow. I have a beautiful purple heart and figured maple bow I call the pretty bow. But I don't give them actual names.

From: Lenny
Date: 18-Sep-22

Sometimes bow, sometimes killer,when I miss I have a lot of names for it I can’t mention.

From: Buzz
Date: 18-Sep-22

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My old friend Roy named his ELB's.

I've got Kingswood and Crispan.

From: Briar
Date: 18-Sep-22

I call mine "missy"

From: cut it out
Date: 18-Sep-22

No not really. But I do call my cheetah Chester occasionally. As in Chester cheetah lol. Lame I know but…..

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 18-Sep-22

Me too Lenny :)

From: Juancho
Date: 18-Sep-22


From: crookedstix
Date: 18-Sep-22

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Some of them...this is "Godzilla."

From: MattS
Date: 18-Sep-22

I have one I call Billy Baroo.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 18-Sep-22

Mine is named killer

From: Will tell
Date: 18-Sep-22

Sometimes my bow is named Sweetheart and sometimes I call it a dirty SOB. : )

From: soldier
Date: 18-Sep-22

Yes, Recurve Bow

Date: 18-Sep-22


From: Buckdancer
Date: 18-Sep-22

That Godzilla is crazy??

From: smokin joe Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 18-Sep-22


Miss 13

Miss Myrtle

Miss Florida

and so forth...

From: bustedarrow2
Date: 18-Sep-22

My new asl is "The last sunrise".

From: David Mitchell
Date: 18-Sep-22

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Fred Anderson likes to name bows rather than use serial numbers. The last one he made for me I asked him to choose the name because he has a knack for it...Honeystick, made from some beautiful yew.

From: Andy Man
Date: 18-Sep-22

Name after my Dogs

Andy Man



always brought good luck

From: Bill Rickvalsky
Date: 18-Sep-22

I have never named one before but when my new Yellowstone Longbow was ready they asked me if I wanted a name written on it. I had them print KISS on it. That pretty much sums up what I want out of my archery.

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 18-Sep-22

I named a cherry glass bow after my Irish Setter, Brandy. I cut the cherry tree from the edge of the woods we used as our playground. Used to be a lot of grouse in there. She's been gone over 30 years, still have the bow... and the memories.

From: Ishi
Date: 18-Sep-22

Tom Clum (Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear) calls my ILF bow “Old Soulless.”

Some of my bows are named for Rockabilly musicians. My all black bow is Johnny Cash. My hunting bow is Jerry Lee (Lewis aka The Killer). My sweet shooting longbow is Roy (Orbison). Others are named for rock, blues, and folk musicians. My 58” Bear 76er is Little Richard. My ILF form bow is Howlin’ Wolf. I call my 3 kids bows Peter, Paul, & Mary. My vintage Wilson Bros bow was Pete (Seeger). I had a Frankenbow that I called Chuck (Berry)

I gave away a longbow that always shot high. It was named Bob (Marley).

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 18-Sep-22

Big River recurve - Wisconsin Whisper, where it's from and how it shots. Big River longbow - Hallelujah, first words out of my mouth MOAB - Augenblick (German for blink of the eye) Have two recurves and a longbows that I haven't hunted yet.

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 18-Sep-22

Just bowyer, brand, or model name.

From: redquebec
Date: 19-Sep-22

The chocolate nightmare.

The mudslide

Snow bow

There are stories about how those names came to be...

From: Aeronut
Date: 19-Sep-22

Mule My first bow I made because it has so much handshock

Two Dirty




Shishka a longbow I made for my cousin Bob

Splinter My favorite Osage selfbow that is only 1" in diameter and pulls 42#

Just to name a few.

Date: 22-Sep-22

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From: heftyhunter
Date: 22-Sep-22

D.K.M.F and it is.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 22-Sep-22

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Ol' Buck, named after my father-in-law out of respect for that awesome man.

I think all selfbows should be named, mine is Sprit Dancer, named by the man who built it. Most laminated bows already have names.

From: nocking point Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 22-Sep-22

Depends on whether I hit or miss

From: manybows
Date: 22-Sep-22

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This little gem is called Old School and has yew lams and riser and black glass. It's a David Miller longbow 45lbs at 26 inches.

From: Ross Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 22-Sep-22

If I am having a bad day shooting I usually call it a stupid piece of shi#£€}t . And it works next time out I shoot much better.

From: Tethered Falcon
Date: 22-Sep-22

The bow I have been using the last 15 years had “snakebite” on it when I got it. And it must have been fairly old when it got to me so I just call it snakebite

From: Saxbow
Date: 27-Sep-22

My 7 lakes longbow "BamBam" is gone and so is the Gary Sentman longbow "Lightening". But now I have a new BigJim Buffalo named "Featherweight". Why? Because it's smooth on the draw, actual physical bow is lite, draw weight is very manageable for all day shooting and it shoots a very quick arrow. It's just like a good Featherweight fighter, lite and quick to strike.

From: Tundra
Date: 28-Sep-22

Some do some don't It does not matter for me

From: Bjrogg
Date: 28-Sep-22

Where I’m from we name everything. Tractors, trucks, cars, boats, guns you name it and we’re going to give it a name.

When it comes to my bows. I’m like Jeff. I usually develop a relationship with my selfbows when I’m bringing them to life. They usually tell me there name somewhere through the process. Sometimes it’s subtle and sometimes it screams it at me.


From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 28-Sep-22

No but I’ve called it a few names before but apologized later because I knew it wasn’t the bows fault ;^)

From: B.T.
Date: 29-Sep-22

Named one "Swamp Thing" once, I got yelled at on the Leatherwall for criticizing a Bowers work. I just thought it was cool looking like the creature on the movie. So no more names, it's not allowed.

From: Jarhead
Date: 29-Sep-22

I usually just name/think of them by the builder's last name.

My Fox... My Toelke... but... that's not the same as naming them.

From: timex
Date: 29-Sep-22

Generally no I don't name them. The year I had the heart attack the doc said no work for 3 months...he said nothing about no hunting....I killed 14 deer with a bow that season and my son started referring to the bow as killer. I Also have a 45 muzzleloader that's referred to as killer...

From: charley
Date: 29-Sep-22

I named my first selfbow Initium, Iny for short. Latin for beginnings. Looks classy on the limb. Only bow I've ever named.

From: Danielb Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 29-Sep-22

No, at my age, I can no longer retain 30 some names.

From: Krag
Date: 29-Sep-22

Does it hurt more to have to sell a bow with a name?

From: mangonboat
Date: 30-Sep-22

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When I'm inspired by something, I will name a bow but never write the name on the bow. I had a Jeffrey Royal Hunter that Owen custom- made for a fellow who was a state champion in Texas and took several record book trophies with it. I stopped by the shop and talked with Owen about it. I named that one 'Jefe' and later sold it to a now-gone LWer. I have a 1961 Wilson Bros black and white TF, 68", I named 'Holly Golightly' after another gal with that glamourous look from 1961. I had a lefty 1961 Kodiak Special, 63" and 63# at my draw, that I named 'Avni' after the famous man-eating lioness in India. She looked like a tigress and gnawed on my left shoulder every time I shot her until I passed her along to a braver soul. Now I have another 63" 1961 KS, in the pic, that is 52# and she is 'Sugarpuss O'Shea'. Old guys will know who that is.

From: Jason316
Date: 30-Sep-22

I kinda call mine what they are, Satori, Epic, Black Hunter, SuperK, etc. But I have 2 I've named. Thor and Zeus. Thor is a 70# Martin Lynx recurve. One of the first trad bows I got. Yes, I know to go light and I did but I wanted a workout bow to help build strength and a guy local was selling it for $50. Couldn't pass it up. Then Zeus came along. She's an 83# ASL longbow that was gifted to me by a guy on Trad Talk. Not really sure who made the 83# and being it was the tank of my collection, it got the deserving name. lol

From: joe vt
Date: 30-Sep-22

I have only one bow that was named.....mojo jojo. It's a Lonetree Ocelot longbow.

From: Tim Finley Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 30-Sep-22

I had one I called bear grease I shot two huge bears in back to back years with that bow .

From: Matt R
Date: 30-Sep-22

My wife joked I could get a new bow if I named it after the kitten she brought home. A few months later a long skinny package showed up at our doorstep. :)

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 01-Oct-22

Well don't leave us hangin... what's it's name?

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