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- Buy This String Jig! Review by Xero
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We're using this jig for recurve bows. I have no clue what a compound string jig is about.
I'd been looking at a lot of jigs, commercial stuff and lots of examples on YouTube when watching videos of string making. I was concerned that this jig might be too light, not sturdy enough.
The Cartel CX-1 is well designed, rigid, fitted and finished like a nice machine tool. It's entirely metal, aluminum and steel. The set knobs are knurled. All the bolts are Allen keyed, and recessed (counter sunk, flush).
Rails are U channel allum. with solid, well designed set knobs in square box end caps, Allen key secured stainless steel bolts. Set knob on each rail so the rail length settings are secured at both ends. Rail channels slide smoothly one with the other. Solid feet at each end of the rails, and these end brackets also support the uprights. The feet move with the rails/uprights -- which means your work surface needs to be the length of the working jig. (But the feet are removable, and the rails can be readily secured to a bench in a variety of ways.)
Uprights are polished steel, counter-sunk bolted into a solid bar of aluminum stock with Allen screws. One nice feature of the uprights is that they have a pin locking knob to secure the upright at the 90 degree position -- and then locked down with a solid, knurled knob.
Perfect design, fit, finish, a quality, rugged, solid jig. Add to this that the Cartel CX-1 is compact, lightweight, easy to store. Probably not designed for heavy, commercial use, it's perfect for archers who want to build custom strings for their traditional recurve, Olympic, and longbows.
(Posted on 7/24/13)