Feb 17, 2017
I was delighted to find my bow had arrived last night. It’s certainly a different experience for me!
I have only ever shot recurves in the past and at first sight the Centaur looks and feels light and delicate compared to my Recurves.
Although I was losing light rapidly, I just had to put some arrows through it. Because of light though I only shot a dozen arrows.
I was astonished by how silent the bow is. I have never heard a bow that quiet before. When I say quiet, I mean I could not even detect a gentle hum or thump.
The arrows are dispatched with considerable power. The arrows leave the riser and are impacting before I am fully conscious that I have loosed!
I could not detect any hand shock.
Your artwork is impeccable. My granddaughter was immediately drawn to the MountainGoat head. Luckily she was taken away for her dinner to enable me to drool alone in peace J.
I am enthusiastically looking forward to the weekend when I can begin to get more acquainted with her.
Yes she’s definitely a lady; with a light and gentle feel, understated sinuous curves and great reserves of strength!
You are a fine craftsman, an artist and a gentleman.
Most sincere thanks!
To YOUR best
Aug 24, 2015
Ray Iglesias took first place in the traditional division at the 2015 United Bowhunters of New Jersey 3D Championship and received this Plaque.
Hi, Jim!Sept 9, 2014
Hey Jim,Sept 1, 2014
Ckeck out this YouTube video about Centaur LongbowsJune 7, 2014
Part 2 of Greyarcher1 review of Carbon EliteJune 18, 2014
Hello Mr Neaves,Apr 17, 2014
Ckeck out this post about Centaur Longbows onApr 8, 2014
Jim,March 30, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Carl won the 2014 Mid America IBO Traditional Championship and received this Plaque
Thanks Jim,May 11, 2013
I attached a pic of the first three shots from her at 25 yards. I know it ain't perfect, but for the first real shots, I'm pretty happy. You can see how I had to march from R to L to hone in the point of aim. Finally on the 3D course I had a few complete penetrations through the target w/ my arrow, never had that before w/ a longbow. I guess that is a testament to how much faster your bow shoots, I think I'm getting close to higher end recurve bow performance.
Jim,May 7, 2013
February 23, 2013
Had a nice day here in Ohio so I took it out and shot some carbons through it. Haven't shot a bow in 14 years and.. well the results are attached. :)
Jim Stoner, Ohio
Centaur ’Ride in the Saddle’ ReviewFebruary 23, 2013
The longbow expression and experience are unique and has captivated my genuine interest for the past five years. Have run numerous arrows thru numerous longbows over the past, yet still found myself composed enough to persevere in continuing with the quest of this personal endeavor. Personal expectations whether realistic or not have kept me at bay until just recently.
The following is my personal review as witnessed and experienced through my eyes after running ~1200 arrows thru her.
Note: Unless I can readily and visibly determine and/or experience the attributes, then I would soon omit them from any bow review. Attributes w/o personally experienced validation are of little consequence to me.
Bow Specs: 62” Triple Carbon Elite - T/D Draw Wt. 50 @ 28 (Note: I draw ~27 ¾”)
Riser: Dark Matter…Black Locust accents
Limbs: Carbon w/ Action bamboo and XTL Lamination Cores ...Black Locust Accents
Nock pt: 1/2”
Brace Ht: 7 7/8”
Arrow Specs: Victory HV
350 - 29.5”
Grip: The standard grip must be honing in my own personal best fit for repeatability and stability. She seats on the mark every time and is extremely stable at anchor thru shot conclusion. This particular grip design inherently provides superior bone on bone alignment per my personal body structure…… Will be leaning toward this grip design in the future. Note: Have shot her in 95 degree humid conditions and experienced no grip and/or hand slippage.
Riser: Robust, personally desirable and balanced mass. Beauty was not my objective where mass and stability were, yet she is quite appealing due to the craftsman’s compelling influence. The Dark Matter, for me, is much more than just a complimentary addition. Mr. Neaves can easily accommodate those individuals interested much finer works of art. Take Down Assembly: Robustly solid design with simple assembly. Would require an indicator to determine assembly repeatability since no movement was detected prior to bolting down.
Overall mass: The Dark Matter adds ~27% more mass, thus seems to a most compelling addition. My propensity to bias heavier mass was quite satisfied. Mr. Neaves’ incorporation of Dark Matter was a prime factor in finally procuring my own longbow with optimized confidence.
Hand shock: None perceived- An enhanced longbow experience. ** An epic- like luxurious ride.
Sound: Emits a whisper so characteristic of favored longbows.
Draw: Effortless…Smooth…and Stable.
Point ability: Have in the past perceived point ability as an neither and attribute nor a detractor until taking the Centaur jaunt. Being a ~3 second back tension/stabilization type archer prior to release archer, it is imperative that I acquire the target expeditiously. Acquiring the target promptly has historically remained my nemesis. Am assuming that the Centaur standard grip and bow balance are providing personally improved personal bone on bone alignment, thus reducing target acquisition by 1/3 and also reducing my stabilization time by ~1 second. This particular Centaur design significantly facilitates cursory acquisition of my desired window prior to actually bearing down on the mark. Striving further for improved shot execution appears well within my grasp.
Torsional Stability: Would not even mention torsional stability unless the benefits were readily perceived. Release appears to have significantly improved. Have attributed this observation to much less finger inflicted string deflection at anchor. String slips from fingers more uniform and is visibly apparent in more stable arrow flight. Side to side arrow marking variation appears to be reduced by ~1/4th. Bow string deflection appears much more stable than other longbows and hybrids of which I have had the pleasure to work with.
Tune Ability: Don’t know… The aforementioned arrow specs are exactly what I started with and bare shaft tuned flawlessly with regards to spine at 30 yards. Simple nock adjustment was all that was required to achieve vertical alignment.
Shoot ability: Points naturally
and consistently places arrows on the mark. Shooting
her seems effortless, accommodating, forgiving and emits
a highly desired most pleasurable experience.
Craftsmanship: Excellent – The gifted hand of the artisan is most noticeably evident and highlighted by the grip’s stippling and turkey tracks. Having said that; the shoot- ability and exemplary performance may mask this splendid creation.
Service: Working with Mr. Jim Neaves has been a most pleasant and re-assuring experience. It was a honorable consolation to fathom that fulfilling my needs and expectations and especially keeping my own self on the proper path were obviously paramount. Mr. Neaves is both the consummate gentleman and bowyer.
Over-all Experience: Actually was leaning towards believing that my expectations were too lofty. Virtually all expectations were exceeded. No expectations faltered. Smoothness and unique stability promotes a relaxed anchor, thus decidedly enhancing focus thru conclusion. Her exemplary attributes have permitted me to fully experience the enchanted expression of a Centaur. The lengthy quest to procure a personally desired dream long bow has come to fruition.
I am looking quite forward to working, once again, with Mr. Neaves in the immediate future.
THANK YOU JIM!!!!!!!!!!
Jim,February 9, 2013
Hi Jim,December 15, 2012
ILF Limb Feedback
Thanksgiving kill..limbs are awesome..Nov 24, 2016
George Johnson connects using ILF LimbsOct 13, 2015
Ray Rock connects using ILF LimbsOct 28, 2014
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Jim,Jan 10, 2014
Ckeck out this post about Centaur ILF Limbs onNov 06, 2013
Hi Jim,Sept 17, 2013
Jim, here are those pics…Oct 12, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
I just wanted to let you know that I had great success with the Battle Axe Head in my recent turkey hunt. I used a 100gr adapter so I had 300gr total in the point. I had a complete pass-through on the turkey with my check mate recurve bow 55# @ 28. Turkey only took 5 steps and went down. I am attaching pictures. Thank you very much for your high quality heads.
Nov 26, 2014
About ten days ago I received the Big Game single bevel heads I ordered and was immediately impressed. I glued them onto some 75 grain inserts to mount to my Easton FMJ 300 arrows. After some practice shooting, during which they flew great, I sharpened them up and and put them in my quiver. Saturday evening I got to try when out when a doe came by my treestand at just over 20 yards. The hit was good, with the arrow entering behind the left shoulder about 2 inches under the spine, cutting off a rib, going through both lungs, and exiting – hitting 2 ribs – about half way up the deer’s right side. The doe trotted off about 30 yards like she was untouched, stopped, wobbled a little and fell over.
Since I’m training my Jagd Terrier, Taz, to blood trail deer, I went back to the truck and got him to follow up the deer. He made quick work of the short blood trail – his first deer recovery. My only complaint was that the trail had been a little longer to let him work it more.
Thanks for a great head. I’ve bow killed a pile of deer over the years with many different broadheads and this was one of most impressive kills. I’ll be using these heads a lot more.
Apr 8, 2014
Kevin Chastain used Centaur Big Game
Those big game heads are awesome! I have attached some pictures of the three bucks that I took last year, also killed 3 does. The shots on the bucks were from 12 to 23 yds. and not one went more than 50 yds. after hit. The does were from 18 to 30 yds and same result. All six went down within sight and massive blood trails! I have purchased 9 of them from you and once I got the sharpening system, they are scary!! I got them to fly perfectly with everything from 4” feathers on 55-75 Gold tips shooting a 65# longbow to 5 1/2” feathers on Beeman Classic 340’s from a 62# recurve. I will be ordering 3 more soon.
Thanks for a great broadhead!!
Have a great day!
Jan 19, 2014
Doug Witcher used a Centaur Big Game Head to harvest these two deer.
Attached is a photo of my afternoon hunt today. The big game heads are awesome! Both the deer went down in less than 30 yards.
Longbow of my own design... gold tip shafts... big game heads with titanium inserts.
Keep up the good work!
May 10, 2013
Todd Gregory used a Centaur Big Game Head to harvest this fine Gobbler.
Thought you'd like to see my first success with one of your broadheads. I have a new favorite head in the quiver! Thanks for a great broadhead and continued success.
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Jim,October 4, 2013
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