Past few years there has been a growing menace to the American sporting archery industry...high quality and Super performing Chinese Dymondwood riser bows...longbows and recurve designs.
There are several major manufacturers that design and fabricate most of these bows that are then branded by the company that does the point of sale transaction...in the USA there’s Lancaster Archery, 3 Rivers, Twig Archery & SAS...there’s also Mandarin Duck and Obert in China, etc.
One of the more recent examples that have been wildly successful are the Sage initially designed by South Korean archery giant Samick (named, I think for the color of the wood riser) and has been taken over by Galaxy. There are many spin off designs of this now classic bow line.
More recently there is the Black Hunter. I don’t know which Asian outfit first put this one out...Mandarin Duck, Obert, whatever...but it’s exploded in terms of sales. It features a Dymondwood riser and limbs now being made with a bamboo core (faster than the original hard Maple core) and black glass on the outside. Recurve and Hybrid Longbow. 60” - 62” long. Prices range from as low as $100 on eBay for generic bows to up to $199 from major USA outlets with bows delivered completely set up with Dyneema string, whiskers installed, brass nock point set and the draw tested for accuracy. Pretty nice. Compare that to the high cost of a nice USA made bow. Ouch!
Reviews of the various Black Hunter versions are universally through the roof. Why? The grip is universally praised. The low to no hand shock also. Then there’s the super smooth draw. Plus, shooters find the bow inexplicably friendly to a wide variety of arrow spine, length and weight. Guys have found that their bow will put very different arrows into a tight group at close to the same point of aim. Of course, there’s the advantage of it being no only able to swap limbs of different pull weights but being able to put either recurve or hybrid longbow limbs on the same riser.
OK...yeah...I bought one. On its way now. More reports through the summer.