Our takedown longbow offers a number of advantages over our recurve bow design, but there is a tradeoff involved.
First, our longbow is more “forgiving”. What that means is this: Due to the difference in the curvature of the limbs (versus that of a recurve design), the angle of the string at full draw creates minimal finger pinch and a smoother, unencumbered release. Less critical = more forgiving. In addition, when our longbow “closes” upon release (meaning, the limbs return to their predrawn state) the string does not contact the limb as it does with our recurve – lending yet more forgiveness and making it less critical.
Plainly put? Our longbow allows shooters to be a tad less stringent or meticulous in their form and release.
The recurve, on the other hand, rewards the shooter with more speed and smoothness of draw, but the shooter must be diligent about proper form and technique. Aesthetically, our longbow has a more streamlined, or “petite” profile, than our recurve bow – which some believe lends a more traditional or nostalgic appearance to the bow.
It’s like making the choice between the comfort of a luxury automobile versus the performance of a turbo-boosted sports car. Or, as Rob Lee says: Hot Rod versus Everyday Driver. Both are great options, and are relative to the style and personality of the driver.