- AMO 58”
- Brace Height: 8-9 inch
- Riser pistol grip style- X12 has five piece wood lamination, X5 one piece of exotic hardwood.
- Tips - X12 wood overlay, X5 no overlays
- Riser window 5 inch
- Limbs: 1 3/4 inch in Black Glass
- Weights: 40lb, 45lb, 50lb, 55lb
- X 12 Stabilizer insert, X5 no insert
- Arrow speed for X12: 12 shots average, 410 grain arrow 45lb bow-173.62 FPS
|My 45# Wambaw X12|
|my Left Hand Wambaw X12 with Lewis Kent's Right Hand Wambaw X5|
|nock comparison between an X5 and X12|
|X5 can't be a mid-1960s bow because the marking are from the 1970s|
serial numbers. I studied the serial numbers of the most popular Shakespeare models, not much came from my efforts but one constant trait was that every model had a string of numbers and letters and each model ended in an identical letter, but these end in "T" and "C"..("T" was used for the Sierra X18 bows)..weird. The X5 is an odd ball, it is a rare bow, it does not appear in any catalogs and if it is one of the last of the Shakespeare bow, why the heck did they number it X5???
Virtually every reference to this bow is a positive review, most call it “a greatly underrated bow” I can’t find any advertising material on the bow either. It is a bit fancier than other Shakespeare of the same period. It has multiple laminate woods in the riser and it has wood overlay tips similar to The Necedah. In auctions it can go from $50 - $200 for RH and even higher for LH but value depends on the condition of the bow. Like many recurve bows if may have suffered the same fate as most recurves – the introduction of the compound bow. Recurves quickly fell out of fashion or, in the case of Shakespeare Archery, the manufacturers went out of business. Shakespeare closed its archery division in 1976. Personally I was very surprised by this bow. I paid more than I wanted to for my bow but the lefty bows are hard to come by so I bit the bullet. Since there wasn’t much information on the bow I thought it might not be worth what I paid….I was wrong. I tested it against my #45 Bear Kodiak Magnum. The #45 Wambaw is just as smooth and accurate. It is becoming one of my favorite bows.
It was true in the 1960-70 and it is still true in the 21st century.