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Announcing our partnership with NorthStar Archery
and Sir Erika Bjornsdottir, KSCA of Trimaris!


Valkyrie Forge will be relinquishing the manufacturing and supply of Asgard APDs and Fathead (CUBB) Blunts to NorthStar as the sole supplier. Please direct all sales to her
byclicking the logo to the right.

Baldar 'Fathead' Blunts

Are comprised of a UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight polyethylene) core covered by low-durometer Sanoprene that fit on the tip of an arrow. They prevent injury to persons, and therefore allow for safe and effective combat archery within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

Classic Baldar Blunts are discontinued. The current style approved by the Society Marshall is the CUBB aka the Fathead. The blunts fit ?inch fiberglass shafts. Blunts are fully guaranteed for one year following purchase.

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APDs (AntiPenetration Device)

The fiat requiring anti-penetration devices on all shafted arrows and bolts in the SCA was a blow to serious combat archery. Thousands of projectiles require refurbishment, and it’s put a real burden on the combat archer, in terms of time, expense, and accuracy. We think we’ve managed to minimize all three.

The Asgard APD is a one-piece, injection-molded fitting that acts as APD, fletching, and nock. Based on a Siloflex design, we expect this to be the standard APD in combat archery. Long arrow-workshops are a thing of the past, as are constant upkeep and re-taping. In being identical, you can approach the consistency of your field arrows. (Which is not to say they’ll make your combat archery as accurate as your target set, but we were surprised at the amount of accuracy we were able to maintain; in fact, in some of our testing with crossbows, they showed a slight edge in both accuracy and range over some standard fletchings using the same shafts and blunts!)

The current Tessa model has a thicker cross-section than previous models, allowing us to return to the open cylinder in the APD – most archers have been utilizing the opening for their thumb in a modified-primitive release. The nock is slanted so that the APD rides a little high in a right-hand release, allowing it to better clear the shelf of the bow. For crossbows, the nock is easy to remove and file flat. At this time, Asgard APDs are only configured for ?” fiberglass shafts – do not attempt to shave wood shafts down to fit them!

We believe that the blunt/fiberglass shaft/APD combination will remain the state of the art in combat archery for years to come, and think these APDs will become an indispensable part of that; if your kingdom allows shafted combat archery, you may have found your final configuration.

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