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All our bows are meticulously hand-crafted using a jack-plane, the bow hair come from a Mongolian mare and all other component are also hand made. Read more about the genesis of a bow.

Bow hair - the rule of 10

For bow hair, we use unbleached Mongolian mare hair. To ensure the best possible quality, the hair is sorted 10 times, meaning only the best 10% of the hair make it to be a part of your bow. In case of a violin bow there are about 150 strands of bow hair. We use the very same bow hair that is trusted by Joshua Bell.

Hand made components

All other components of a bow are also hand made: the pad, frog and screw. We pay strong attention to every detail of the custom design to ensure the best sound of the bow. For the frog, we use high quality ebony wood and Nacre (mother of pearl) inlay. As you can see in the picture, the frog is a complex mechanism so precision is must.

Why is the frog called a frog?

Answers vary but there are two commonly accepted theories. A bow frog originates from a word frock which is a tool used for gripping the bow hair. Therefore, thanks to a word of mouth, the word frock was gradually modified into a frog.

A second theory describes the grip of the bow (i.e. the frog) as a heel. This term is commonly used even today. And because the soft part of the horses hoof is called a frog, the grip of the bow took up the same name; horse heel = bow heel = frog.